On Thursday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) released a notice on Covid-19 to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on a petition challenging a ban on wedding hall gatherings.
The official respondents identified in the petition were directed by a single bench comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah to send their comments on the petition by November 18.
The petitioner Mukhtar Abbas claimed before the court that there is no reason behind the notification from the NCOC enforcing the November 20 ban on indoor wedding ceremonies.
Due to enormous public meetings being organized by political parties, Justice Minallah questioned whether the coronavirus was not spreading.
The NCOC imposed a ban on gatherings at wedding halls on November 6. However, with a limit of 1,000 guests, it allowed individuals to perform weddings in open spaces.
The object of the decision was to curb the coronavirus’ second wave. Besides, the NCOC called for cutting staff in half at government and private departments. It ordered that only 50 percent of workers, while the rest from home, be allowed to work in offices.