Lockdown Ends In Pakistan; Malls And Markets To Reopen Says Supreme Court

Despite total cases reaching 40,000 in Pakistan, top court says that COVID-19 is not a pandemic in their country and the lockdown must end.

Jessica David

May 19, 2020


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Despite the signs of the COVID-19 outbreak not coming under control in Pakistan, the Supreme Court has ordered malls to open up, in the country. Hearing a Coronavirus suo moto case, a five-member bench of the top court in Pakistan chose to open all markets in the country, including big shopping malls as well as smaller malls. The Commissioner of Karachi, Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, validly argued that 70 percent of the people go to malls only for enjoyment purposes. He has now been barred from sealing shops.

Pointing out that only small markets have been open so far, the court asked, “If they are open, then what’s the point in closing shopping malls?” Due to the Eid festivities, they have been ordered to keep malls open over the weekend as well. The court said that the small business owners, instead of dying from Coronavirus, will end up dying from hunger. Pakistan’s COVID-19 cases have crossed 40,000 on Sunday, May 17.

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