SC orders reopening of all small markets on Saturday, Sunday

Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP), while conducting hearing of a suo moto case on coronavirus, has directed Commissioner Karachi to open all sealed markets of Karachi.

CJP Justice Gulzar also directed authorities to allow all small markets of the country to remain open on Saturday and Sundays and said that “Has pandemic promised government to not spread on weekends or the governments gets tired on Saturday and Sundays or sun rises from the west on weekend?”

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) has directed Commissioner Karachi to ensure implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) instead of sealing markets and directed to reopen all sealed markets of Karachi including Zainab Market as mostly the poor visit it.

The court also summoned Chief Secretary Sindh and asked Sindh government to submit its directions regarding opening of malls.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed remarked that if the shops are shut down then shopkeepers will ‘die of hunger rather than the coronavirus’.

Chief Justice also remarked that authorities should not spread fear among masses and directed concerned officials to not take bribes or misbehave with the businessmen and customers.

Earlier, Sindh traders announced to open businesses after Sindh government refused to open big markets and shopping malls. However, Sindh government has allowed small businesses to reopen and directed them to strictly follow Standard Operating Procedures.

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