Day Light Saving-Pakistan

The missing hour returns

By Jamil Khan | KARACHI

THE federal cabinet’s decision to reverse the Pakistan Standard Time by one hour from today (November 1) has received much appreciation from the masses, especially housewives and the faithful, who were much perturbed by the alien Day Light Savings (DLS) system.
Kamal Ahmed, a retired government official residing in PECHS, prays regularly and would have dinner just after the night (Isha) prayers. However, his normal routine had been completely disturbed by the government’s decision to move the clocks an hour ahead at midnight between May 31 and June 1 this year.
“This act of the current government deserves praise, as the confusion will finally be cleared and citizens can go back to their normal routines,” said a visibly relieved Ahmed. Moreover, the fact that the introduction of DLS had done nothing to improve the power situation in the city, with the power cuts as prolonged as ever, only added fuel to the fire.
“The last two months were particularly difficult, as it was an impossible task to wake the children up daily, as even the sun would not be up yet,” said Rabia Shahab, a resident of Gulistan-e-Johar.
Even the children were having a hard time and never really got used to going to school at a time when the streetlights were still on, she further mentioned. Fozia Naz, who works as a receptionist at a local hospital, said that reaching the bus stop early in the morning was a fearful task, as there was hardly anyone on the streets. “Thank God, the decision has been reversed,” she simply said. The dissatisfaction with the DLS was such that many people had refused to readjust their clocks. The federal government had announced to revive the standard time in September, ahead of Ramzan, but the decision was not implemented and October 31 was the date finalized for reverting to the original time.
-Published in Daily Times | Nov 1, 2008

~ by jamilkhan on November 1, 2008.

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