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Pakistan Iqbal Day Public Holiday Legal Wrangles

Source: Pakistan's Ministry of Interior (Islamabad)
Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2015
Updated: Friday, December 6, 2019


Pakistan's Justice, Khalid Mahmood Khan, of the Lahore High Court, has issued a notice to the federal government of Pakistan, re a petition against abolition of the annual, November 9, non-working public holiday in Pakistan on Iqbal Day, and has requested a reply from the federal government of Pakistan within three weeks.

Recall that, earlier this month (2015-11-03), after some initial reports that the Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Government of Pakistan was considering declaring the eve of the, November 9, Iqbal Day, non-working public holiday as an additional non-working public holiday in Pakistan, the Ministry of the Interior of the Federal Government of Pakistan then did an about-face and actually canceled the Iqbal Day Public Holiday in Pakistan for the current calendar year 2015.

The expected observance of November 9, the birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, as a non-working public holiday in Pakistan, was in line with the "expected dates for public and optional holidays for the calendar year 2015" published by the Government of Pakistan at the beginning of the current year (2015-01-12), as the aforementioned Circular F. No. 2/4/2014 points-out ("Public holiday declared for November 9, 2015, via the Ministry of the Interior circular number 2/4/2014 dated 2nd January 2015, is hereby canceled ab initio").

Such an intervention by Pakistan's High Court into the real of Pakistan's list of annual non-working public holidays, might seems odd, but in Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan), almost a decade ago, the High Court of Bangladesh requested, and obtained, in both cases, the review of the cancellation of the November 7, annual non-working public holiday in Bangladesh (2008-10-26), and of the August 15, annual non-working public holiday in Bangladesh (2007-08-06).



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