Govt complies Supreme Court decision, opens shopping malls for a week
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered government to issue an order of opening shopping malls and bazaars for a week for Eid shopping. It is noteworthy that the government had closed all the public laces and shopping malls across the country to contain the coronavirus in Pakistan.
The decision was announced by a larger bench of the Supreme Court that was hearing a suo moto case regarding the measures taken by the government to contain covid-19.
The bench was headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed while Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed were also on the bench.
During the hearing today, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed remarked that if the shops are shut down then shopkeepers will ‘die of hunger rather than the coronavirus.
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CJP Ahmed said that in Karachi, except for five big malls every market has resumed operations.
Upon which, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani said that a few markets were sealed for not following the Standard Operating Procedures laid out by the government.
It is also important to note that the Supreme Court has also showed dissatisfaction over the report presented by the National Disaster and Management Authority(NDMA) about the measures taken by the government.
Latest Coronavirus details:
Pakistan has 42989 coronavirus cases reported acoss the country. Sindh has reported 17241 cases, seconded by Punjab which has reported 15346 cases in the province. Likewise, KPK has reported 6061 cases and Balochistan has 2692 cases in the province. Islamabad has reported 997 cases, GB has reported 540 cases, while Azad Jammu&Kashmir has reported only 112 cases in the territory.