KARACHI : Karachi traders and industrialists have rejected the long Eid holiday and demanded the government to withdraw the notification.
According to details , Karachi traders rejected the government’s May 8-16 closure notification, saying that traders were already on Eid shopping hours. Are upset
All City Traders Union Sharjeel Goplani said that the government should increase business hours to curb the spread of krona so that the rush of people in the markets would end.
He demanded that the business community should be allowed to continue their business till the end of the night, adding that the closure of business for nine consecutive days would lead to bankruptcy of the traders.
Elias Memon, chairman of the Anjuman-e-Tajiran, said that the prolonged closure of the business would further aggravate the plight of millions of daily wage workers.
Rizwan Irfan, president of the Electronics Dealers Association, said, “Markets should be allowed to open 24 hours a day in the last decade of Ramadan as traders are already suffering financial losses by paying fines to SOPs.”
Idrees Gigi of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) said the long Eid holidays would have a detrimental effect on industrial activity, with industrialists having difficulty completing export orders on time, and the closure of industries and factories. The target will also be affected.
He demanded that the government announce only three days holiday on Eid-ul-Fitr.
On the other hand, the owners of wedding halls also demanded to open the halls immediately after Eid. Dealers Association President Qais Sheikh and wedding hall owners demanded that the halls be opened immediately after Eid, saying that we have always followed SOPs and will continue to do so.
It is to be noted that the government has announced Eid-ul-Fitr holidays from May 10 to 15, ie from Monday to Saturday. The next day, offices and markets across the country will remain closed due to Sunday, while normalcy will be restored from Monday, May 17.
In addition to essential services, businesses, markets and shops will remain closed on Eid, while groceries, medical stores, hospitals, vaccination centers, bakeries, petrol pumps, chicken, vegetables and fruits will remain closed, the NCOC said in a statement. Shops will also remain open.