A night time view of Aabpara Market, Islamabad. - File

After the implementation of orders to close markets in Sindh and Punjab early to conserve energy because of an ongoing power crisis in the country, markets and shopping centers in the federal capital, too, will now close by 9 pm.

A notification stated that Section 144 of Pakistan Penal Code will be implemented in Islamabad to enforce the order.

Marriage halls must shut down by 10 pm, the statement read, adding that medical stores, pharmacies, hospitals, petrol pumps, CNG stations, bakeries, milk shops, vegetable markets, tandoors and bus stands will be exempted from restriction.

Meanwhile, eateries, industries, clubs, parks and cinemas will close by 11:30pm.

The Punjab government also announced closure of markets at 9 pm.

Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz announced the decision during a meeting with representatives from trade associations, according to an official post-meeting statement.

A day earlier, the Sindh government took the same step.

The measure, which will remain effective till July 16, is in response to the prevalent outages, and load shedding of electricity and seeks to reduce the shortfall between the supply and demand of electricity, according to the notification.


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