PAKISTAN: Jamat-e-Islami(JI) supporters and Druggists conducted their separate strikes in Landikotal bazaar to record their protests against the one percent tax leveled on medicines’ dealers and sky rocketing edibles prices.
Drug dealers also contunued their sit-in on the third day at the Hospital Chowk to record and press the medicines companies to withdraw the tax named “one percent advance tax”.
All the chemists and drug dealers were remained closed in Landikotal.
Speaking to this correspondent Chemists and Druggists Association Landikotal president Fazal Rehman Afridi said private medicines companies have imposed new tax which was totally illegal and illogical.
He said medicines companies have stopped drugs supplies retailers in merged districts to compelled them to accept the new “one percent tax” on all types of medicines. He said all the medicines dealers and stores would be remained closed until the medicines companies not take back the tax. He said buying powers of patients already severely droped but another tax leveled. Patients suffered of the shutter down strike as medicines stores in Landikotal were closed for the last three days.
Meanwhile, Jamat-e-Islami took a protest rally in Landikotal bazaar and condemned the PTI led government for hiking prices.
Speaking on the occasion, JI Landikotal Ameer Haji Muqtadar Shah Afridi and Muhamad Hassan Shinwari said the PTI rulers have failed to give relief to the citizens. They said fuels prices twice increased in two weeks that put unaffordable burden on citizens.
The JI leaders accused that due to Imran Khan thousands of citizens have lost jobs and businesses went in loses. He said JI would continue their strike until the government not reduce the commodities.