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Markets be closed at 8 pm to control population growth: Pak minister

Markets be closed at 8 pm to control population growth: Pak minister

Islamabad: Pakistan Defence Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif has a curious solution for population control, it seems. While telling reporters the same, he seemed pretty confident in his point, which gives the impression that the solution was out of deep research and deliberation.

NDTV reported that as a video featuring the minister surfaced online, he said that places, where markets close at 8 pm recorded less birth rate. He was speaking at a press conference in the Pakistan capital, and NDTV quoted him from the video, "Wherever the markets close at 8 pm, the birth rate is low."

A Twitter user shared the video and attached a text, "New research, babies can't be made after 8 pm. 'There's no population increase in countries where markets close at 8 pm,' defence minister."

Many came to react and responded below the post. One of them wanted everyone to look at Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman's expression, sitting next to the defence minister.

When many couldn't digest Asif's logic, one person came in support of him too. He said that the minister had a point there in his statement.

While addressing the media, minister Asif talked about conservation plans for energy in the country. He suggested that wedding halls should be closed by 10 pm and markets by 8:30 pm; thus, the country will save Rs 60 billion.

Further, he said that electric motorcycles would be introduced at the end of 2023 in order to reduce the import of fuel. The government is going to enforce the plant to save energy, and the same will be monitored by the cabinet, the minister said.

The measures were introduced after the cabinet approved National Energy Conservation Plan, aiming to save energy and reduce oil imports.

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