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Thursday May 21 2020

Punjab’s markets, malls can remain open till 10pm

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Punjab government has decided to extend the working hours of shopping malls and markets from 5pm to 10pm till Eid-ul-Fitr.

Punjab Commerce Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal announced on Thursday after the approval of the Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on the matter.

"With shopping malls, the local markets and shops will also remain open on account of the upcoming festival of Eid," the minister noted.

Also read: Transporters, Punjab govt strike deal to resume service

Besides markets and shopping malls, the provincial government has also announced to open the shrines across the province from tomorrow [Friday], however, the extension of hours is not applicable for shrines.

'Transport services to resume in Punjab'

Earlier in the day, the All Pakistan Public Transport Owners Federation and the Punjab government reached an agreement on resumption of services in the province.

The talks between the transport federation and the government were held at Transport House Lahore and attended by provincial Industries and Trade Minister Mian Aslam, Transport Minister Jahanzeb Khichi and secretary transport.

The transport federation was represented by Ahmed Shehzad, Asmatullah Niazi and Malik Nadeem.

According to the revised SOPs agreed upon between the transporters and the government, the latter has given permission for one passenger per seat for those buses running on GT Road after a 20% fare discount.