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Pakistan Iqbal Day Public Holiday Restoration Ruled-Out

Source: Pakistan's Ministry of Interior (Islamabad)
Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2016


Pakistan's Ministry of Interior has ruled-out the rumoured declaration of November 9 as a non-working public holiday in Pakistan on account of Iqbal Day.

Recall that, last autumn (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 did an about-face and canceled the Iqbal Day Public Holiday in Pakistan for the calendar year 2015.

A couple of weeks later (2015-11-15), a Justice of the Lahore High Court, issued a notice to the federal government of Pakistan, with a petition against abolition of the annual, November 9, non-working public holiday in Pakistan on Iqbal Day, but nothing came of it.

The non-observance of November 9, the birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, as a non-working public holiday in Pakistan, is in line with the Ashura public holidays in Pakistan announced in the "expected dates for public and optional holidays for the calendar year 2016" published by the Government of Pakistan at the beginning of the current year (2016-02-01), as the aforementioned Circular F. No. 2/4/2014 (2015-11-03) 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").



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