No off Saturdays anymore for government offices

Government offices in Pakistan will no longer have an off on Saturdays from now on.

The order was issued by Finance Minister Saleem Mandviwalla on Friday.

A similar decision had been approved by former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in 2010.

In the past, the government had announced two weekly holidays for public offices after announcing a wide-ranging strategy aimed at conserving and generating more electricity to minimise a widening gap between demand and supply.

In 2012, the government had decided to table an energy saving plan comprising two holidays a week, closure of shops at 8 pm, advancing clocks by one hour and turning off street lights at night.