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Malls and shops in Pakistan must close early due to the economic crisis

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As the nation is experiencing an economic crisis, the Pakistani government has mandated that markets and shopping centers close at a certain time each day.

The South Asian country will save, according to defense minister Khawaja Asif, almost 62 billion Pakistani rupees ($274.3 million; £228.9 million).

The majority of Pakistan’s electricity to produced utilizing imported fossil fuels.

The world’s energy prices increased last year, further straining the nation’s already precarious finances.

The nation requires foreign currency, notably US dollars, to pay for those energy imports.

After seeing a roughly 50% decline in reserves the previous year, the Pakistani government had $11.7 billion in foreign currency accessible last month.

That can only cover the nation’s total imports, the majority of which are energy imports, for around one month.

Markets and shopping centers will have to close by 20:30 local time, according to Mr. Asif, who announced that he had instructed government agencies to cut their electricity usage by 30%.

The manufacture of ineffective electric fans will be prohibited beginning in July.

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) party announced on Twitter that “the federal cabinet has promptly authorised the Energy Conservation Plan’s enforcement.”

The 220 million-person nation has been working for years to stabilize its economy.

The International Monetary Fund provided Pakistan with a $6 billion bailout in 2019 and an additional $1.1 billion in August of the previous year.

Additionally, the administration is negotiating with the IMF to delay the distribution of an additional $1.1 billion in rescue funds.

Devastating floods that struck Pakistan last year also affected its budget.

The World Bank projected that the flooding had cost the nation $40 billion in damage in October.

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