Traders and transporters in Pakistan have opposed the significant increase in fuel prices and demanded that the caretaker prime minister, Anwaarul Haq, reverse this decision. The goods transporters have given the government 10 days to respond or else they will launch a protest. The acting president of the Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and the Pakistan Peoples Party Peshawar spokesperson have expressed their concerns about the negative impact of the fuel price hike on the country’s economy and have called for an immediate withdrawal of the decision to prevent public outcry. They believe that this increase will lead to higher production costs and subsequently raise the prices of all items, putting a strain on people already facing inflation. They emphasize the need for the government to take measures to restore the ailing national economy and prevent further closures of industrial units and job losses. The SCCI has also demanded that the government consult with chambers and relevant stakeholders to promote economic and industrial growth. Similarly, the Public Transport Owners Association and the All Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Goods Transport Association have also rejected the fuel price increase and threatened to go on strike if the government does not revise the fare list and decision within 10 days.
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