Earlier today, it was reported that the federal government was planning to make Saturday a working day for public employees.
A notification to this effect was circulated over social media as well:
Govt offices to open on Saturday's as well. Agenda of Cabinet meeting under PM IK. pic.twitter.com/j2s0UX1jIi
— Azhar Sultan (@sazharsultan) August 24, 2018
A detailed summary was also presented for making Saturday a working day, with working hours set at 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. However, the news turned out to be fake.
The Real News
After the conclusion of the cabinet meeting by Prime Minister Imran Khan today, the news of the 6-day working week has been debunked, we have checked with sources.
The cabinet has however decided to go with new timings for a 5-day working week:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fake news about Saturday becoming the working day traveled fast, and as you would expect, Pakistanis had a lot to say regarding this new development over social media:
@ImranKhanPTI very good decision to remove saturday as holiday..
— Zaki Siddiqui (@zaki_u_s) August 24, 2018
Two holidays in a week is international practice; It boost Tourism, and it Decrease depression in people. Revoking Saturday holiday Will be biggest violation against human rights In Pakistan. @PTIofficial #LoadWedding #EidwithARY #JummahMubarak #ISPR #JawaniPhirNahiAni2
— Karachi.king (@Karachi79846184) August 24, 2018
Regarding abolishment of Saturday off in govt offices, while on one hand it could help facilitate people, on the other it was always an austerity measure (when factoring in utility/operational costs etc). Being bold would be to shift heavy govt work to night shift w/low tariff
— Gibran Ashraf (@GibranAshraf) August 24, 2018
@ImranKhanPTI kindly change office hours to go with your Saturdays.7-3 is better than 9 -5.Nation building requires importance to family life. Please keep that in mind or you'll be raising a generation with mental health issues and high suicide rates.#WorkLifeBalance
— Tanya Ali (@Tanyaalimusa) August 24, 2018
Bye bye Saturday holiday? (For most of you lot; I already work Saturdays) pic.twitter.com/Qd1ZWdoyLJ
— Hasan Zaidi (@hyzaidi) August 24, 2018
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