Eid-ul-Azha is around the corner, and as usual, makeshift animal markets have sprouted up on roadsides everywhere, as merchants sell their goats, cows and camels at increasingly exorbitant prices. Everyone seems to have their own Eid however, with three separate days for Eid on the schedule, starting from October 4th to the 6th. Those that follow the Saudi Arabian Eid will celebrate it one day, while Afghan refugees and areas of KPK will celebrate it on another and the official one will be the one most commonly followed. Regardless, this Eid will be welcomed by those with steady jobs, with holidays announced for the next two days, and the weekend before making it a five-day Eid for most people, at least. When have Pakistanis ever said no to celebrations, even as the country burns before them.

The government has also announced that there will be no gas or electricity loadshedding during the three holidays, which comes not from a place of great benevolence (or practicality), but so as not to incur the wrath of the people over one more reason. 14 special trains for passengers have been allocated on the days of Eid, with a 33 percent discount rate.

As is common in these parts, many family men and women will be looking to take next Thursday and Friday off as well, making it a whopping 9 days of holidays, which means the next week will be bereft of economic activity, and important official matters (of which there are many) will be put on hold. As Governor Sarwar pointed out, the GSP Plus status is of no value if the country does not manage to double its exports, at the very least. With productivity levels as low as they are, important institutions in the capital besieged by protestors, and now a week of no work, production levels will only decrease. Not to be utter killjoys, but can the economy truly afford such leisurely breaks at this point?