Taking a separate course of action, KPK government has announced that all offices, schools and entities under provincial government will be closed due to Iqbal Day on Monday, November 9th, 2015.
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan appealed to KPK government to observe the holiday, despite Interior Minster revoking the holiday notice. In his own words, “Nations do not exist without ideologies, and Pakistan’s ideology is Iqbal’s ideology.”
He further said that it is our duty to convey Iqbal’s message to our new generation and this message should be transferred from generation to generation.
Govt of Pakistan still indecisive about Nov 9, Iqbal Day holiday. A recent report on Geo New says the Interior Ministry again revoked its decision and declared no off for the day.
November 9, Iqbal Day, has long been declared as a public holiday in Pakistan. With the birthday of the national poet just around the corner, the Government of Pakistan has made a surprising announcement.
“November 9, (Monday) will be a working day”, a statement issued by the Interior Minister said, adding that all the offices and education institutes would remain open as per routine.
Earlier there were reports that the government has decided to announce national holiday on November 9 to commemorate the birthday of Allama Iqbal. Government and private educational institutions were expected to remain closed.
Iqbal Day was also listed in ‘Public and Optional Holidays For the Year, 2015’ issued by Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan in January this year.
Due to media reports, many organizations across the country have floated circulars to announce holiday for their employees.
Citizens belonging to different professions were relieved on getting two consecutive holidays due to the occasion, but it seems that their happiness is at stake now. The confusion still prevails.
We are waiting anxiously for government’s final decision.