Clocks to be Advanced by 1 Hour Tonight

As per decision taken by Federal Cabinet, all clocks in Pakistan will be advanced by one hour tonight (April 15, 2009) at 12:00 midnight. Decision is taken in order to better utilize electricity by getting maximum benefits of sunlight.

PTA has already posted telecom services providers to arrange this time update on their internal systems. PTA further directed telecom companies to ensure that local and international customers must be charged as per new time, and that there should remain no ambiguity in this.

System administrators must ensure that their networks are advanced by one hour as well. View this discussion at TGP for further knowledge on this.

Our readers should make sure that

  • Try to get acquainted with new time.
  • If you are subscribed to a time specific mobile package, then you are making calls according to new time
  • Confirm from your friends and family members that they have advanced time by one hour to avoid and meeting/function clashes

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Ubaid Ur Rehman Khan

    Assalam O Alaicum,

    Thanks ALLAH, our Governing body has started good thinking.

  • bigtugboat

    one thing more: how about changing the tag DTS to DST?

  • I believe, however, daylight saving time isn’t what is needed in the country, because:

    We already have more than enough daylight. We have summer of almost 9 months and sun keeps shining at its best for more than 12 good hours.
    Population with an literacy level of just around 30% can’t generally grasp the concept. People in smaller towns keep following previous time and don’t change time on their clocks. I’m talking of towns, where around 60% of the population lives, like Toba Tek Singh, Rajanpur, Rahim Yar Khan.
    Offices don’t necessarily start an hour early — after clock has been advanced by one hour. But they do close one hour earlier. So national productivity decreases.
    DST isn’t the basic issue. Basic problem is shortage of electricity. So instead of adding to prevalent confusion and issues, government should better do something real good by producing cheap energy for the countrymen.
    What’s you say on this?

    • I remember the term “neya time”, “purana time” – excessively used last summer. I agree that in rural areas, and to some extent in urban areas as well, they didn’t adopt DST timings at all.

  • “tonight (April 15, 2004) at 12:00 midnight”

    You mistakenly wrote 2004 instead of 2009.

  • Tariq

    There is an unannounced daylight saving hotfix from Microsoft for Vista and Windows server 2008 found at: A hotfix is available to update the Daylight Saving Time for the “(GMT +5:00) Islamabad, Karachi” time zone for the year 2009 for Windows Vista-based and Windows Server 2008-based computers

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/970084

    This update will provide the required time adjustments as follows:

    DST starts at 23:59:59 on April 14, 2009
    DST ends at 23:59:59 on October 31, 2009