With Ramadan just around the corner, the federal government of Pakistan has issued a notification outlining the timings for all government offices under its jurisdiction. These new timings will come into effect on 1 Ramadan, which is expected to begin on 23 March.
According to the official notification released by the Cabinet Secretariat, government offices will operate from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Monday through Thursday. On Fridays, the offices will operate from 7:30 AM to 12 PM.
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting observed by Muslims worldwide. During this month, Muslims fast from dawn until dusk and break their fast with iftar in the evening. The announcement of the new office timings reflects the government’s efforts to accommodate the religious practices of its citizens during the month of Ramadan.
Last week, a high-level meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had announced that the office timings for all federal government offices would be from 7.30 AM to 2.30 PM from Monday to Thursday, and the offices would close at 12.30 PM on Friday. However, the government has now issued slightly different timings, as per the official notification.
It is important to note that the new timings apply only to federal government offices and not to private businesses or other institutions. However, it is likely that private businesses and other organizations will also adjust their timings during the month of Ramadan to accommodate the needs of their Muslim employees۔
The federal government’s announcement of new timings for government offices during the month of Ramadan is a welcome move that reflects the government’s commitment to accommodating the religious practices of its citizens. As the holy month approaches, we can expect more organizations to follow suit and adjust their timings accordingly.