Early closure of markets


Javaid Bashir

The Sindh Government has decided to enforce new timing for markets and marriage halls in Karachi. Consequently, shops would close by 7:00 pm and marriage halls by 10:00 pm. No more than tree dishes would be served for the marriage reception at the marriage halls. The new timing will be observed from November 1st, 2016. The decision was taken at a high level meting chaired by the Chief Minister of Sindh, Murad Ali Shah. He ordered the concerned authorities to strictly implement the decision taken at the meeting.
Most of the traders Associations have rejected these proposals citing the implications for the businesses. It is inconvenient for the customers to shop during the office and work hours. There is no time left for shopping for most of the customers to shop. Reasonable hours should be allowed for shopping. The shopkeepers would suffer business losses due to such changes. The provincial government should have consulted the businessmen before taking such an impractical decision. As far as the marriage halls’ closing by 10 pm is concerned, it is a commendable decision. Limitation on serving the dishes is also correct. I would appeal to the concerned authorities to reconsider the decision regarding the early closing of the markets.