Karachi, like many other parts of the country, is currently grappling with a shortage of cash as automated teller machines (ATMs) run dry just days before the celebration of Eid ul Adha on June 29. This recurring issue has become a common complaint among customers, particularly during festive occasions.
Frustrated citizens have expressed their disappointment, revealing that they have visited multiple ATMs since morning only to find themselves unable to withdraw the needed cash. The scarcity of money at ATMs is a familiar problem around Eid, as individuals often withdraw significant amounts to purchase sacrificial animals and make other necessary expenses.
This year, Pakistan is set to observe Eid ul Adha on June 29, with the government declaring a four-day holiday that includes the Day of Arafah on June 28. To cater to different work schedules, the Prime Minister has approved varying durations for the holiday period. Offices operating on a five-day workweek will have holidays on June 28, 29, and 30, while those with a six-day workweek will enjoy holidays from June 28 to July 1.
Initially, the government had announced a three-day holiday for Eid ul Adha as per the Cabinet Division’s declaration. However, the extended holiday period aims to provide ample time for people to celebrate the festival with their families, participate in religious rituals, and ensure a joyous and meaningful observance of Eid ul Adha.