Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Staff Reporter) – Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) lawmaker on Tuesday tabled a resolution in the National Assembly seeking restoration of Friday as weekly holiday.

The resolution urged the government to restore the weekly holiday of Friday instead of Sunday as all Muslim countries observe this day as weekly public holiday.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that weekly off day is neither a religious matter nor it has been mentioned in the Holy Quran.

The resolution was supported by JUI-F members but other members were seen divided on the matter.

Opposition Leader Khurhid Shah recommended forwarding the matter to the concerned committee.

In February 1997, the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, declared Sunday, instead of Friday as weekly holiday.