Torpedo 2012-03-29 01:01:22
Traders refuse to close business for prayers
PESHAWAR: The Peshawar Tajir Ittehad (PTI), a conglomerate of four trader
organisations of the city and cantonment bazaars, has refused to accept the
Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) government’s demand that they shut down their
business during prayer timings.
The decision was taking at a meeting chaired by Sharafat Ali Mubarak,
president of the Muttahida Tajiran, attended by Haji Halim Jan, president of
the Action Committee Tajiran, Haji Afzal, president of the
Anjuman-e-Tajiran, Shaukat Hamdard, president of the PTI cantonment, and
other representatives of trader organisations on Tuesday night.
Mr Mubarak told Daily Times that the economic condition of the province was
already in shambles and the government’s decision to close down shops during
prayers timings was unacceptable to traders. “We are Muslims and offer
prayers five times a day regularly but shutting down shops will be
impossible for us,” he said.
Mr Mubarak said that closing and opening shops would take at least 30 to 45
minutes and there was a short interval between various prayers, which could
not be followed. He said the government should talk to traders before taking
any such decisions so that it did not face embarrassment when it came to
implementing them. ghafar ali