Govt Could Take Another U-Turn on Weekly Holidays After Eid

The newly formed Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) government appears poised to make another U-turn in less than a week.

It initially reversed its announcement of a 10% pay increase for government employees, and it is now looking to return to a five-day official week.

Miftah Ismail, the next Finance Minister, wrote on Twitter that official working hours are already reduced during Ramadan and that there will be many Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.

As a result, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif declared Saturday a working day. Miftah added that he will ask the premier to reconsider this decision after the Eid holidays are over.

Shehbaz Sharif, the President of the Pakistan Muslim League (PMLN), announced shortly after taking office that Saturday would be converted into a working day and that the official working hours would be extended.

Employees in the federal government have rejected the six-day workweek, citing their dissatisfaction with the reversal of a 10% pay increase. They staged a massive protest against the decision earlier this week at the Federal Secretariat’s Q-Block and have threatened to boycott offices in the future.

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