reject forced weekly closure
Chitral.-- As a surprise move, the District
administration announced compulsory shops closure on Sunday on
the pretext of weekly holiday. Again, a silly step to hamper the
already feeble trading activity in the Chitral markets.
Traditionally Chitral bazaar shopkeepers open shops in the
morning and close them by afternoon at Asr prayers time, giving
just a few hours for shopping activity, taking out the lunch and
afternoon prayers closure time. They take a holiday on
requirement basis and there has not been any example of forced
closure before. It is not understandable why the
administration has taken this step, as it amounts to
discouraging the people from working. It is hoped that the
administration would take back its order and allow the people to
freely indulge in trading activities at will as has been the
practice all along. --(CN report, 09 May 2010).