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Iqbal Day is a working day, no holiday notification issued: Interior Ministry

The news regarding public holiday on 9th is a false one and no notification had been issued in this regard, says spokesperson Ministry of Interior.

Dismissing the circulating news reports on various media, the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday clarified that November 9, Iqbal Day, has been declared a normal working day.
The spokesperson of the ministry said, “No notification has been issued by the interior ministry in this regard.”

While addressing a session of the National Assembly Minister of State for Interior, Shehryar Afridi said, “Vision of Naya Pakistan is to work seven days a week, 24 hours a day.”

He further added that Prime Minister Imran Khan and his federal cabinet had not taken a day off since taking charge of the government.

November 9 is celebrated nationwide as Iqbal Day, a tribute to Allama Muhammad Iqbal, who was born in Sialkot on November 9, 1877.It was declared a public holiday previously which was called off by the federal government back in 2015.

And every year since 2015, fair amount of speculations spread around for November is going to be a working day or holiday. According to a source resolution seeking to declare a public holiday on Iqbal Day failed to get any response in National assembly. So, this year as well there is not going to be any public holiday on Iqbal Day.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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