After causing billions of rupees in losses over 10 days, good transporters have finally decided to end their strike after successful negotiations with the Sindh government.
The Sindh Government will appeal to the Supreme Court to allow heavy transport to enter Karachi.
This was decided during the 2nd round of talks with transporters held at Governor House Karachi. The meeting was chaired by Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair. Government officials also attended the meeting.
After the meeting Muhammad Zubair announced that the goods transporters have called off their strike after the successful negotiations.
“Transportation of goods has now been restored. Foolproof security will be provided to the transporters. Some transporters are undecided but delivery of goods has started,“ Muhammad Zubair told journalists.
After the announcement, transporters addressed a media briefing. Speaker Sindh assembly Agha Siraj Durrani, Minister Transport Nasir Hussain Shah, Suhail Anwar Sial were also present in this briefing.
Transporters complained about the misbehavior and bad attitude of the police. They said that if police do not end their bad behavior the transporters will go on strike again.
“Heavy transport will use Northern Bypass, Shahrah-e-Pakistan and Liaquatabad routes. DHA SunSet Boulevard route will not be used for heavy transport.”
Nasir Hussain Shah thanked the transporters and said that in a larger national interest they ended their strike.
“ Sindh Government supports the transporters’ legal stance and we will file a review petition in Supreme Court. Currently heavy transport can use the old routes,” Nasir Hussain Shah added.
After the announcement of strike end, thousands of heavy vehicles came on the roads and blocked Maripur road and other streets of the city.
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry claimed that during the 10 day strike, Rs 214 billion in trading was lost.
For the last 10 days, Pakistan’s exports were halted and due to non availability of heavy transport, export-oriented industry announced their closure.
Container terminals went up to 130 pc of their operational limit. And they refused to accept any further import and cargo. Many cargo ships sailed without loading export cargo.