Tuesday, December 7

Chemists observe shutter down strike in Landikotal

PAKISTAN: Chemist and Drugs Association in Landikotal on Saturday observed shutter down strike against the suspension of medicines supply and “advance one percent tax” imposed on the medicines dealers in the merged district Khyber.

They had also set up a sit-in camp at front of District Headquarters Hospital Chowk where black flags were hoisted. 

Speaking to this correspondent Chemists and drugs association president Ahmad Shinwari, Fazal Rehman Shinwari,Hikmat Ali Shinwari,Tahir Khattak and others said that private medicines companies have imposed one percent advance tax on medicines dealers. They said on none payment the medicines companies have stop sending medicines supply to the chemists in Landikotal. 

Ahmad Shinwari said as protest they gave shutter down strike in Landikotal and closed all the medicines markets and retailers shops. He said a number of taxes already imposed on medicines that made unaffordable for patients to purchase. He said their strike would be continue until the tax not take back. 

Hundreds of patients with the doctors prescriptions in their hands were seen near the closed medicines shops in Landikotal. 

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To show solidarity with the medicines dealers political parties leaders and civil society members also visited the sit-in camp and spoke.

Jamat-e-Islami district Khyber Ameer Muhammad Hassan Shinwari, JI Landikotal Ameer Abdur Rauf, Bazaar traders union president Jafar Shinwari and others also condemned the illegal tax imposed on medicines. They said the government gave tax consumption to the residents of merged districts for five years. They said the government failed to give relief rather they imposing taxes on every items that made life miserable.

JI leaders said more than two hundred percent tax already placed on medicines. 

Meanwhile, Labourers union also held a meeting in which they gave call to conduct protest rally in Torkham border. Speaking to this correspondent Labourers union chairman Abdul Salam said they no affiliation with any political party nor they were political leaders. He said they were taking lugguages of passengers from and to Afghanistan via Torkham border crossing to earn money. He said at least five hundreds poor labourers had deprived to earn and complelled to start begging in bazaars. He said if they were not permitted to cross the Torkham border without any hurdle they start an unending sit-in in Torkham border.

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