The government has been asked by the business community to cut the six-day “unprecedentedly long” Eid holidays, saying it will be “extremely counterproductive” for business and the economy.
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), as part of its ‘Stay Home Stay Safe Strategy’ to curb the COVID-19 spread had declared May 10-15 (Monday to Saturday) Eidul Fitr holidays.
Businessmen Group chairperson Zubair Motiwala said in a statement on Friday. “Shutting down the country for nine consecutive days was unacceptable as it would create a lot of problems for the economy and the business community,”
Motiwala said as Eidul Fitr is likely to be observed in Pakistan either on May 13 or 14, the decision did not make any sense hence, it must be reviewed to save the economy and businesses from suffering grave losses.
“Keeping in view the overall business and economic crises being faced by the country, the government must review this decision and announce Eid holidays from May 12 to 15, which will certainly give some breathing space to exporters by enabling them to dispatch shipments on 10th and 11th May, 2021.”