The federal government has decided not to restore Saturday holidays, although government offices’ working hours have been reduced. Following approval from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the cabinet division issued a notification in this respect.
The federal government has opted to keep office hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends. There will be a prayer break from 1 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday. All offices will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
PM Shehbaz Sharif announced only one weekly off (Sunday) for government employees after assuming the oath. The decision drew a strong reaction from government employees, but the federation has opted to stick to the one weekly off decision.