Interior Ministry issues notification for Eid-ul-Fitr holidays

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) - Following the recommendation of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) and the permission of the Prime Minister, the Interior Ministry has issued a notification for Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.

According to the notification, the holidays for Eid-ul-Fitr will be from May 10 to May 15. It may be recalled that SOPs for Eid-ul-Fitr have already been issued by the NCOC.

There will be a complete ban on Chaand Raat bazaars including mehndi, jewelry, ornaments, and clothing stalls.

All markets, businesses, and shops will remain closed except essential services which include the following; grocery stores, pharmacies and medical stores, medical facilities and vaccination centers, vegetables, fruit, chicken, and meat shops, bakeries, petrol pumps, food takeaways and e-commerce, utility services (electricity, natural gas, internet, cellular networks/telecom, call centers) and media.

The government has also decided to close all tourist resorts, public parks and hotels in and around tourist spots during Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.

According to a circular issued by the Interior Ministry, inter-city and inter-provincial transport will be banned during Eid holidays; however, locals especially of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) will be allowed to travel.

The ministry further directed that routes leading to tourist spots will be closed with special focus on Murree, Galliyat, Swat-Kalam, Sea View/beaches and Northern Areas.

Interior Ministry had also directed to ensure timely issuance of SOPs / guidelines for Itekaf, Shab-e-Qadar, Jumma-tul-Wda and Namaz-e-Eid.