Pakistan’s Gohar Ejaz, Patron in Chief, APTMA, has rejected the government’s decision to close factories for Eid ul Fitr holidays from May 10-16, 2021. He said, shutting down the entire country for 10 days will create a lot of glitches for the economy, industries, particularly the exporters who will not be able to dispatch their shipments abroad due to the complete closure of banks, ports, customs, and all other departments during excessive holidays. It will badly affect and deprive the daily wage earners of the country of their desperately needed earnings for continuous 10 days, he added.
He particularly highlighted, despite the issues and hardship the textile Industry remains committed to double the exports. Textile manufacturers have orders in hand and are working day and night to dispatch shipments according to the agreed schedule. This decision will end up in the cancellation of orders which will not only result in losses to manufacturers but also to the country.
Ejaz requested the government to limit holidays to four days from May 13-16, 2021. He also requested the government to abstain from shutting down production and transportation as the country would not be able sustain this loss.