Our Staff Reporter KARACHI - President Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI) Mian Abrar Ahmad has expressed deep concern and discontentment over two holidays in a week for all government departments and its affiliated institutions in the name of energy conservation. He demanded the government to denotify banks, customs and ports from the observing of five-day week and in the meantime the customs, ports and banks should be operated 6-days in the week for the larger interest of commerce and industry as well as the country. President KCCI, in a statement, said that previous practices by the government when 5-days week was observed for public sector, customs and ports severely hampered the commercial and industrial activity; exports of consignments and timely clearance of goods were suffered. He said that due to such practice Pakistan would remain cut off for three and half days with rest of the world. Last year, due 5-working days for banks, trading and industrial circles faced tremendous problems due to unavailability of banking services. Mian Abrar stated that nowhere in the world, banks close when the commerce and industrial sector is operative even in the countries where 5-days week is observed and commercial banks are open on Saturdays. Exporters maintaining trade ties with Gulf countries faced additional elimination of Friday being observed as holiday in Gulf. Same is for the customs and ports and they cannot be close down for two days as their closure will stop valuable exports of this country and timely clearance of imported goods. President KCCI said that the country was passing through most difficult times of its history when the fragile economy due to manifold internal and external problems was demanding to work 365 days in year for its recovery. He was of the view that to uplift the economy government must also consider to curtail the gazetted holidays and reject once for all the proposals of bureaucracy for two weekly holidays and advancing the clock in the name of energy conservation. He said that such exercises proved futile in the past and every segment of life was disturbed by such activity. Mian Abrar voiced that conservation was a crying need of the day but same must not be done while penalising the commerce and industry and ultimately this will severely impede the business activities leading to decline in governments revenue and economic instability.