CJP orders reopening of shopping malls, markets for full week across country

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan yesterday ordered for opening of all shopping malls and markets across the country throughout a week.

It must be mentioned here that due to the prevailing lockdown, all shopping markets were closed in the country since two months which was imposed to mitigate the level of coronavirus spread.

The larger bench of the Supreme Court comprising of five members heard a suo moto case regarding measures taken against the pandemic.

The top court bench was headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed while Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed were also on the bench.

During the hearing, CJP had given permission for the reopening of all shopping malls in Pakistan.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed during the suo motu hearing remarked that if these shops are not opened now then the chances are higher that shopkeepers will ‘die of hunger rather than the coronavirus’.

In Karachi, every market has resumed their operations with exception of five big malls.

Upon which, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani said that some marketrs were not given permission for opening because of non-compliance of SOPs laid by the government.

On which the CJP remarked that rather coercing the owners of the shop, better is to make them understand the present situation and implementation of SOPs and all sealed shops should be reopened now.

Moreover, the top judge also summoned details of all big shopping malls across Karachi from the commissioner Shallwani.

The CJP also noted that the SOPs will be ‘better implemented’ at the big shopping malls and the apex court also ordered the opening of all small markets during weekend.

 

 

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