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Business Practices in Pakistan

Opening hours and bank holidays

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Opening Hours and Days

Private offices: 9h to 17h30 (Monday to Friday).
Government offices: 8h to 15h (Monday to Thursday), 8h to 12h30 (Friday) – close early due to Friday prayers, 8h to 14h (Saturday).

The private banks in Pakistan work for six days a week, with shorter working hours on Fridays and Saturdays.


Public Holidays

Ashoura 19 Jan
Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (Birth of the Prophet) Varies each year
Pakistan Day 23 March
Independence Day 14 Aug
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Varies every year
Allama Muhammad Iqbal Day 9 Nov
Eid ul-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) Varies every year
Quaid-e-Azam's Birthday 25 Dec

Periods When Companies Usually Close

Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)

Eid ul-Azha (Feast of the Sacrifice)

Note: Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates may change accordingly. 

These two festivals may last from two to four days, depending on the region. Most of the offices (both public and private) are closed during this period.

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