In Pakistan, for greater part of the year we are on leave from work. It is either a National Day or a Public Holiday. Or, it may just be a Regional Holiday to observe a 'Festival of Kites'. And then, there are 104-plus Saturdays and Sundays when the government offices remain closed. And often holiday spells are longer than justified as it was this past Eidul Fitr when holidays which lasted five days, an improvement of almost 100 percent over last year. How quickly one restarts work in full-gear is a moot point. But it is the man-days lost that really matter. Last year, the country lost exports worth around 356 million dollars due to that long holiday, says APTMA Chairman S M Tanveer. As Pakistan remained cut-off from rest of the world throughout that long period, he says, all kinds of export and manufacturing activities were stopped. Obviously, there is every reason for the business community to be greatly perturbed over this trend, that has called upon the government to rationalise the number of holidays in line with genuine occasions - unlike this Eid holiday spell that is perceived to have been extended just to escape public anger over power loadshedding and accommodate the babus in Islamabad and our top political leadership to spend Eid with their kith and kin who reside abroad. But, as electric power was transferred to domestic users the industrial production and export schedules were adversely affected. And when the external flows slow down meeting the fiscal-deficit targets becomes problematic. And how come what the government gives by one hand to the man in the street by diverting electric power from industry to him it takes away by the other hand by robbing the daily wager of work for the day.