WITH victory to power comes the hard challenges and fierce hurdles for the new government in meeting the objectives and deadlines.

This letter is about one of the important predicaments of our society.

In the early 1990s the then government changed the weekly public holiday from Friday to Sunday because 90 per cent of the world, save a few Muslim states, observe Sunday as weekly public holiday and, of course, to keep in sync with the world markets and businesses. Pakistan also turned to Sunday as weekly holiday.

The irony remains that over two decades passed and changing the course of holiday proved futile. Our economy did not show any positive effect with this change.

To add insult to injury, over 80 per cent of wholesalers, retailers, religious schools observe Friday as holiday and are likewise open for business on Sunday.

The government had introduced daylight saving time.

Almost 90 per cent of the people were observing old time whereas officially clocks were turned one hour ahead, there was chaos all over and mosques and shopkeepers kept talking about ‘naya (new) time’ and ‘purana (old) time’.

The new government needs to consider the pros and cons of weekly holidays which, in the best interest of the country, should be Friday and Saturday.

A working day means seamless flow of work and serious business only. One hour of break in a business day is far enough.

FARRUKH SAFDAR Karachi

Updated May 22, 2013 08:33am

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Comments (21) (Closed)


asad khattri
May 22, 2013 02:32pm
i am agree plz if have holiday it must be just FRIDAY
Akil Akhtar
May 22, 2013 05:16am
It is not the fault of the govt that our people do not want to follow any rule like they do in the rest of the world. No wonder we are a mess.
Jamal
May 22, 2013 05:56am
instead of having holiday(s) why not announce financial emergency & work 6 days a week with corporates & Govt sync to an agreed holiday. FDIs sync with state bank Private sector sync with respective chamber of commerce consent - and there shall be no SINGLE public holiday instead a sync shall be done with selected days off for everyone involved in some WORK. - Prayer break be tagged to lunch break is by choice not mandatory. a day off across the board is like halting the progress in a country like ours.
ummemuhammed
May 22, 2013 06:24am
yes, please...
Gerry D'Cunha
May 22, 2013 08:02am
does it matter for the outside world......can pakistan survive with this change again?
Faisal
May 22, 2013 08:15am
The Holy Quran tells us in Chapter 62: 9. O you who believe! when the call is made for prayer on Friday, then hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave off trading; that is better for you, if you know. 10. But when the prayer is ended, then disperse in the land and seek of Allah's bounty, and remember Allah much, that you may be successful. i.e., leave trading when the call is made for the prayer on Friday and after the prayer has ended, go back to seeking the bounty of Allah. Observing a holiday on Friday seems to go against this instruction!
salman cheema
May 22, 2013 07:10pm
Pakistan should scrap all holiday and follow the Japanese way right after WWII. It brought them Prosperity and wealth. We shall follow this system till our economy get back on track. 12 hours shift 7 days a week of hard work till we be like Malaysia. This will also keep us out of trouble.
Ali
May 22, 2013 06:54pm
Yes but the fact is that there was no Holiday in islam at that time. People used to work the whole week during daylight.
Life
May 22, 2013 11:08am
If holiday means a resting day, it should be Friday.
Shaukat
May 22, 2013 06:05pm
Please stop Talibinazation of Pakistan. We have more important issues to deal with currently. In my opinion there should be no holiday till we fix our economy and eliminate poverty.
AHMAD
May 22, 2013 07:42pm
Asking for Friday is a joke. No body works on Friday, at least in govt. offices. Staff come to work after 11AM and senior officers whenever they want. Follow the schedule and hard for the salary you get. Stop asking for more all the time.
Raja Islam
May 22, 2013 07:50pm
Here we go again. While I agree with you that the daylight savings time idea does not work, changing the holiday back to Friday makes absolutely no sense.
AHA
May 23, 2013 11:12am
But the big question is: Is Pakistan going to survive at all, no matter what.
Sue Sturgess
May 23, 2013 04:04am
Prayers are called 5 times per day, every day. What makes Friday any different?
Alam
May 23, 2013 04:43am
no religion, no rules and nothing structured can work for Pakistan because the people are lawless. Even if you tell a scooterist to park his scooter properly, he will start fighting.
Rehan
May 23, 2013 04:53am
Oh chacha, We work our soul off and the corrupt take away all the money. Shukria bhai, ap he karain kaam
Rehan
May 23, 2013 04:55am
Sir, the majority does not return to their offices after the prayer and they aren't obeying this command by God aswell. Best solution is to then have a holiday.
malole
May 23, 2013 05:28am
On the contrary most markets are closed on Sunday and open on Fridays in Lahore.
Adelaide
May 23, 2013 07:54am
How long will we play games? If Friday is to be made a non-working because of prayers, why the people don't get up for Fajr prayers, and start their day at 6:30 am in the morning. We can start early and finish at 4:30 pm. I have never seen any letter/speech by any supporter-individual or political leaders- of Friday as holiday in this regard or is Fajr prayers not important for them.
Jude Allen
May 23, 2013 09:28am
Well said.. this is the heights of double standards in our country with mind-set of worthless fanatics and their brainless ideas. Im surprised DAWN actually posted this write-up.
calljude
May 23, 2013 09:29am
hahahaha absolutely... He can come and take over after my 8 hours shift is over