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Reopening of shopping malls, markets: SC to review the situation after Eid


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ISLAMABAD:(AD) The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday said that the decision regarding reopening of shopping malls, markets across the country was still Eid-ul-Fitr and it will be reviewed after Eid.
The five-member of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (JCP) Gulzar Ahmed resumed hearing the suo moto case today. Other members of the bench were Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed.
During the hearing, the Attorney General for Pakistan Khalid Javed Khan told the top court that coronavirus cases expected to peak in Pakistan by early June, and people were not taking the Covid-19 threat seriously after the apex court ordered to open shopping malls, markets.
Advocate General Sindh also endorsed the opinion saying the lockdown is no more effective as hairdressers, beauty salons and all other shops have allowed opening.
At which, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed stated that the reopening of these shops has nothing to do with SC remarks as police inspectors were permitting businesses to reopen after receiving bribery.
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“The court gave earlier orders in the wake of Eid season but it will hold another meeting after the occasion,” JCP Gulzar stated.
Questioning over the policies of the Sindh govt, the JCP said that the provincial government allowing government offices to reopen, but on the other hand the private officers are still closed.
The JCP again expressed dissatisfaction over the government’s arrangements in quarantine centers.
“People are not getting basic facilities such as running water and clean washrooms in quarantine centers,” he said.
Chairman NDMA also appeared before the court and briefed the court on the government’s response to the locust attack.
The apex court adjourned the hearing till June 8.

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