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Energy Crunch Forces Pakistan to Close Malls and Factories Early

  • Islamabad issues two month order to help conserve electricity
  • Steps aimed at ensuring essential services have enough power

Pakistan’s capital city Islamabad has ordered shopping malls to factories to cut their operating hours to help curb energy demand, as the nation grapples with fuel shortages and blackouts.

The city’s administration ordered a swathe of businesses, which also includes hotels, cinemas and wedding venues, to close at set times between 9 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. for the next two months, according to a statement posted on Twitter by the Office of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad.