In an effort to fight the increased loadshedding being experienced in the province, the Punjabi government has overturned its previous decision on June 20 to restrict business hours and require Sunday market closures.
Details indicate that Chief Minister Pervez Elahi made the choice while speaking with traders. It is important to note that traders and the former Punjab government, led by Hamza Shehbaz, had agreed to implement an energy-saving plan to prevent loadshedding in the province.
The government approved new business timings that permitted markets to open from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, with the exception of some industries including pharmacies, bakeries, and gas stations. Meanwhile, restaurants and hotels were told to close at 11:00 night.
However, following a meeting with shopkeepers, the chief minister of Punjab, Pervez Elahi, relaxed the restrictions and reinstated the former business hours throughout Punjab. He also scrapped the requirement that markets be closed on Sundays.