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Rawalpindi – The traders have presented a five-point charter of demands, besides announcing to set up a hunger camp, to protest against delay in completion of Metro Bus Service (MBS) project.
The five points of CoD included exemption of taxes including income, property, professional and general sales tax of all the traders for three years; earlier completion of road carpeting work on Murree Road to make traffic smooth; issuing the traders loan on easiest conditions and building parking plaza near the MBS stop.

The traders also threatened that a hunger strike camp would be established at Committee Chowk on March 28 if the government failed in accepting the CoD. The CoD was presented during traders convention held at Liaquat Bagh on Wednesday. Traders Action Committee (TAC) Head Faheem Siddiqui, PTI MPA Arif Abbasi, Ghulam Ali Khan of Awami Tehrik, JUP’s Allama Haider Alvi and large number of traders’ unions and representatives attended the convention.

Speakers, while addressing the traders, lashed out the Punjab and federal government for not completing the MBS Project within stipulated time period. They said that the business of traders have ruined because of delay in the construction of MBS project. Meanwhile, the city traffic police (CTP) closed Murree road from double road to Faizabad for three days for vehicular movement owing to road carpeting in connection with Metro Bus Service (MBS) Project. The road will remain closed for all kind of traffic till Sunday 6 am.

CTP have advised the commuters and public to use alternative roads for commuting between the twin-cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. SSP/Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Shoaib Khurram Janbaz, in a statement issued here on Wednesday, said that the dual roads from double road to Faizabad would be remained closed for traffic owing to construction of roads of MBS Project.

He said that the commuters should use IJ Principal road, Express Way and 6th road to reach Islamabad. He appealed the citizens to cooperate with traffic police. He also asked the citizens to make phone calls on CTP help line 1915 or 051-9272616 in case of any trouble while driving on roads.