CJP Orders Opening of Shopping Malls Across the Country

Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed on Monday ordered the federal and provincial government for the opening of all shopping malls across the country.

It has been directed that all markets would also be remained open on weekend (Saturday and Sunday).

The CJP, criticising the government’s strategy for opening and closing of markets on selective days, remarked that government thought the virus would only come on Saturday and Sunday.

The SC bench has ordered to open all the small shops across the country on Saturdays and Sundays ahead of Eid.

CJP Gulzar Ahmed gave remarks that poor men would die of poverty if not with the COVID-19. The top-judge ordered for de-sealing of all the shops that had been sealed amid the coronavirus SOPs implementation by the police and law enforcement agencies.  

CJP Gulzar questioned if all the other shops are open then why shopping malls are closed?

Attorney General has been presenting arguments from the Supreme Court Karachi Registry Branch while the additional attorney general was present before the larger bench in Islamabad.

A five-member Supreme Court bench has been hearing a suo moto case on federal and provincial governments’ response to the Covid-19.

In last hearing, CJP Gulzar Ahmed said there was no substance in the governmental reports submitted in the court pertaining to facilities being provided at quarantine centres.

He said there was complete exploitation being done in the country amid the coronavirus crisis and it seems that federal and provincial governments are conspiring against the public as there was no unified strategy to combat the crisis.

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