The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and commercial banks would be observing Saturday and Sunday as weekly holidays from October 15, while few branches located in the commercial centers would remain open on Saturday as well. According to SBP handout, the Central Bank and all commercial banks would remain open five days a week, following the federal government's announcement of two weekly holidays in government and semi-government organisations under a vigorous energy saving campaign. The handout further said that banking hours for Monday-Thursday would be 9:00am to 5:00pm, while on Friday the transactions in banks would continue up to 6:00pm. According to the Central Bank, some bank branches in commercial areas would remain open on Saturday with prior permission of the Central Bank. People in reaction said that drawing cash from the ATMs of the banks had already been a great hassle for them and now two-day a week holiday would further add to their miseries. Industrialists said that the two days a week holiday for the banks would be adversely affecting the exports as well as the imports of the country.