ISLAMABAD – Interior Ministry has dismissed the rumours of a holiday being observed on the Iqbal Day on 9th November.
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Sources from Interior Ministry have confirmed that no notifications from the ministry have been issued regarding the holiday.
Earlier, rumours were circulating on social media suggesting that a notification has been issued by the interior ministry announcing a public holiday on Wednesday.
The alleged news was shared on social media showing an unreadable notification and a statement in Urdu that the Government has restored Iqbal Day holiday.
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The unreadable notification shown over social media seems to be an old one (of 2015) which read as:
“PUBLIC HOLIDAY EARLIER DECLARED FOR 9TH NOVEMBER, 2015 VIDE MINISTRY OF INTERIOR CIRCULAR NUMBER 2/4/2014-PUBLIC DATED 2ND JANUARY, 2015 IS HEREBY CANCELLED AB INITIO.”
The notification clearly speaks the cancellation of holiday awarded from 2015. Therefore, unless a clear cut notification of Interior Ministry, November 9, 2016 should not be considered as holiday on Iqbal Day.
However, CM KPK Parvez Khattak has announced a public holiday on 9th November, 2016 in connection with Iqbal Day.
As per announcement, all the private and public institutions and offices will remain closed on Iqbal day. This is a good step taken by the KPK government to keep remember our national heroes and their scarifies for this country.