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SC takes back decision on opening markets on weekend

  • The top court during Ramzan had ordered all provinces to open shops, markets on weekend.
Updated 08 Jun 2020

The Supreme Court (SC) reversed on Monday its judgement of opening markets and shops on Saturdays and Sunday during coronavirus crisis in the country.

On May 18, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed wondered why shopping malls were asked to stay closed when markets were open.

He also directed that all shops should be opened , adding that closing them on the weekends only makes no sense. "Did the coronavirus tell the authorities that it only affects people on the weekend?" the CJP asked.

During the hearing today, the attorney-general told the court that the government has taken steps to ensure coronavirus SOPs are followed.

The SC also also summoned details from the NDMA on the number of protective suits, gloves and ventilators imported from foreign countries.

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