Slackness may cause another lockdown leading to permanent closure of many businesses, cautions Agha

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KCCI urges shopkeepers to strictly adhere to SOPs, negligence to create disastrous situation

By Abdul Rafay Siddiqi

KARACHI: President Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) Agha Shahab Ahmed Khan has urged shopkeepers of each and every commercial market across Karachi to strictly adhere to all the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during the ongoing shopping season of Eid ul Fitr as any negligence towards these SOPs would create a disastrous situation, which was already too bad as the number of COVID-19 infected people continues to rise across the country.

“It’s good to make profits during the shopping season which would help in recovering some of the previous losses caused by the lockdown but these profits must not be earned at the cost of someone’s precious life.

Hence, being patriotic and sensible citizens, it is the responsibility of all the shopkeepers to play their due role by ensuring complete compliance of the SOPs while the citizens must also be very careful and take necessary precautionary measures so that we all could collective battle against the life threatening coronavirus pandemic and save our country from further disaster”, he added.

In a statement issued, Agha Shahab pointed out that that thousands of people thronged shops and businesses across the metropolis during the first and second day of resumption of business activity while the SOPs devised by the Sindh government were seemingly swept to the side without any worry about the spread of the coronavirus. “Slackness towards following the SOPs by shopkeepers and customers may cause another lockdown which, if occurs, would lead to permanent closure of many businesses therefore, everyone has to act responsibly”, he cautioned.

He said that a lot of strenuous efforts were made by Chairman Businessmen Group (BMG) and Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli and also by the Office Bearers of Karachi Chamber that resulted in convincing the Sindh government to ease the lockdown on a condition that the business community would strictly adhere to SOPs which were not that difficult to follow and obeying them would not only go in favor of humanity but also the businesses.

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