Shopkeepers of Bara Bazaar repairing a damaged shop. - Photo by Saleemur Rehman Afridi

Saleemur Rehman Afridi

BARA, 19 December: The shopkeepers and traders of Bara have started cleaning their shops and markets after announcement of reopening of Bara Bazaar by the government.

They have also started repair work in the bazaar which was closed during the military operation in Bara. The Bara Trade Union says more than 4,000 shopkeepers have registered themselves for the reopening of the bazaar and the process is continuing. The shopkeepers have expressed happiness over the reopening of the bazaar but demanded the government to extend financial assistance to them to resurrect their businesses.

“We are very thankful to the civil administration and the security forces for reopening of Bara Bazaar. However, we lack resources to resurrect our businesses in the bazaar,” a local trader told TNN.

Another trader said they suffered a lot during the last seven years due to closure of Bara Bazaar. He said the traders will be very grateful to the government if they got financial assistance for their businesses.

There are about 10,000 shops in Bara Bazaar which were closed due to law and order issues six years ago. However, the Pakistan Army has now handed over the bazaar to the local administration. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan will inaugurate the bazaar on 23 December.

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