Decision to close down wedding halls by 10.00 pm put off

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Staff Reporter

Karachi—A government decision to close down wedding halls by 10.00 p.m. in Karachi, stands reversed atleast till Februar1 for technical reasons, officials said.
They said that the order of the Chief Minister taken earlier month, was taken back on a report from Industries ministre Manzoor Wassan who reported that the marriage halls had bookingtill January 1, but inisders reported that the government wilted under pressure of the hall owners who resisted the move and thought that guests started arriving after Isha prayers, and after brides come down with dressing from beauty parlour and wish to look fresh in their attires.
In any case doubts were expressed since beginning that a government, lacking in will power, can not force its decisions and and since it is dependent heavily of richer sections, some of who also own these halls, would be found lacking in the end
ccording the spokesman of CM House, minister of Industries Manzoor Wassan met with the Chief Minister and informed him that the orders for early closure of the weddings halls cannot be implemented from Nov 1 as the halls have been booked till January 1. “Such implementation would cause problems for people therefore order should be postponed,” the Chief Minister was told.
Earlier in October, the government of Sindh had decided to ensure strict implementation of its decisions, seeking closure of marriage halls by 10pm.
The Sindh government has also ordered that no more three dishes would be served in marriage functions.
Sindh government had also announced to close all the markets at 7 PM. The traders and shopkeepers rejected the decision altogether and called it as an attack on their business as the metropolitan city has most rush of customers at night time. On both fronts, the government stood defeated by the resistence shown by shop keepers and by marriage hall owners. They wield tremendous power, and have the backing of influential sections of political leadership.

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