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Goods transporters’ strike leaves Karachi paralysed

Goods transporters’ strike leaves Karachi paralysed
Fuel tankers, which were used to carry fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, are parked at a compound in Karachi May 15, 2012. Pakistan's top government and military officials are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss the re-opening of supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan, which were suspended after NATO air attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November last year. REUTERS/Athar Hussain (PAKISTAN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TRANSPORT)

Karachi [Pakistan]: A goods transporters’ strike has paralysed the supply of goods to Karachi for the last eight days.

The strike has caused a loss of Rs 6 billion to traders so far and inflation is expected to hit the sky way ahead of Ramazan this year.

The strike has hindered exports from across the country worth Rs 48 billion, with businessmen facing losses worth millions every day.

The strike was called by goods’ carriers last Monday against a ban imposed by the Sindh High Court (SHC) on the movement of heavy vehicles in Karachi during the day.

Later, 14 other transport bodies also joined the strike.

About 7,000 to 8,000 containers carry raw material, imported food and other items daily from the Karachi port to other regions.

The Sindh High Court on Saturday adjourned the hearing of the case demanding heavy vehicles’ movement in the city till May 20, leaving Karachi in danger of acute shortage of daily use goods and raw material.

“Around 500-700 containers carrying pulses from Australia, Myanmar, USA and Canada are awaiting clearance at the port,” Dawn quoted Chairman Karachi Wholesalers Grocers Association (KWGA) Anis Majeed, as saying. (ANI)