KCCI Chief requests Sindh Govt to hold a consultation before finalising and implementing revised timings

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President Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) Mohammed Tariq Yousuf, while referring to reservations expressed by the shopkeepers and restaurants owners over reduced business timings, has requested the Sindh government to consult with Karachi Chamber before finalising and implementing any revision in the business hours for shops and restaurants who simply cannot afford to shut down shops earlier under the prevailing circumstances.

With reduced business timings, shopkeepers, particularly the restaurants, will not be able to continue their businesses as it is a well-known fact that dine-in activities start at the restaurants after 8:00 PM; hence, closing down restaurants earlier will be a sheer injustice and prove detrimental for this sector which has witnessed tremendous growth during the past few years. It was important that the restaurants be allowed to stay operational. Otherwise, they will find no other option but to close down their businesses which would make hundreds and thousands of people jobless.

He said that the government has to realize the ground realities and understand the dynamics of Karachi, where most of the commercial activities start late while the restaurant business gets bullish late at night when the traffic flow reduces on the streets of Karachi and the people start going out for dinner with their families. “Reduced business activities at the restaurants due to limited timings would decrease their business quantum and raise unemployment.”

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