The business community of Rawalpindi and Islamabad has said that it has suffered losses to the tune of Rs 3 billion as a result of closure of roads ahead of the Azadi and Inqilab marches announced by Pakistan Tekreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT).
In their interviews over TV channels, representatives of traders associations said the traders of Islamabad alone had suffered a massive loss of Rs 3 billion during sit-in by PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.
They said the twin cities have been cut off from the rest of the country for the last few days due to the proposed marches by the two parties and they have already suffered huge losses.
The citizens on their part said that they were not getting vegetables and other supplies from the market and wherever they were available, their prices had increased manifold. They said the traders were exploiting the situation by creating artificial shortage of commodities.
The traders said they are not getting supplies from other cities and thus there was extreme shortage of vegetables, fruits, poultry items.