The federal government on Friday announced that government offices would continue to operate six days a week.
According to a notification issued by the Founding Department, the hours from Monday to Thursday and Saturday will be 8am to 3pm while the prayer break will start at 1pm to 1:30 pm.
On Friday, office hours will run from 8am to 1pm.
Earlier today, PM Shehbaz urged the country to “return to work” after enjoying the Eid holidays.
“I hope you all had a wonderful time with your families during the Eid holidays and have a good rest … Let’s get back to work now!” he said on Twitter.
Shortly after taking the charge, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif canceled the two-day weekend and reviewed the country’s working hours in Ramazan.
Speaking at an iftar dinner at the PM’s House, he expressed his understanding, saying he had made the decision based on the country’s economic situation.
“Even the most economically developed countries can’t afford two holidays a week [Saturday and Sunday]What can we do, and our economy is in crisis, we can get two holidays a week, ”he said, adding that the economic situation his government is not inheriting from the PTI-led government requires everyone to work hard even on Sundays.
The government has also asked the State Bank of Pakistan to implement the decision in the banking sector which led to banks across the country protesting the move.
During this time, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail justified the move by saying Ramazan has a few working hours a day and most days will not work due to the Eid holidays.
He had said he would ask the prime minister to reconsider the decision after Eid, adding that he was “hopeful”.