Following the lifting of restrictions in Punjab, the Sindh government Sunday decided to withdraw the notification regarding the time limitations for businesses on account of Eidul Azha. According to a notification issued by the home department, the restrictions will come into effect once again from July 11. Earlier in June, the Government of Sindh directed all markets across the province to close at 9pm in order to save electricity as the country was witnessing constant power outages. It was said that the measure would remain in effect till July 16; however, with Eidul Azha just around the corner, the provincial government has decided to lift the restrictions temporarily. According to the notification, the decision to suspend the closure orders has been taken in the “interest of the people”. “On the eve of Eidul Azha, the Government of Sindh is pleased to suspend the operation of this department notifications […] regarding imposing restrictions on closing hours of various shops, restaurants, wedding halls, etc in the territorial jurisdiction of Sindh province with immediate effect,” the notification read, says a news report. A day prior, Islamabad and Punjab had also allowed markets to remain open till late at night in order to facilitate the business community and people for Eid shopping. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had on June 4 sought an ’emergency plan’ to end loadshedding and a few days later the government announced measures to contain the power crisis including limiting market timings countrywide for a period of 30 days. Pakistan is currently facing an energy shortfall, with parts of the country witnessing hours-long loadshedding on a daily basis.