ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: There will be no public holiday across the country on November 09, and all offices and educational institutions will remain open as per routine on Monday, according to the Interior Ministry.
In a statement issued on November 03, the Federal Interior Ministry announced that November 09, 2015 would be a working day, unlike the past when the nation used to observe the holiday on the eve of birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal.
However, the government’s decision regarding cancelling of November 09 holiday came under severe criticism in social media, and later according to media reports, the government had withdrawn its decision.
But the government subsequently confirmed that that there would be no holiday on Iqbal Day and also issued a notification in this regard.
Meanwhile, the Azad Jammu & Kashmir government has also announced to cancel the annual gazetted holiday on November 09.
“All the government and semi-government offices of the AJK government will remain open on November 9 throughout Azad Jammu & Kashmir to perform their official duties as routine”, says an official proclamation issued by the AJK Services & General Administration Department.
Earlier November 9 was observed as gazetted holiday every year across AJK to mark the birth anniversary of the poet philosopher.
It is learnt that the AJK government took the decision to abolish the gazetted holiday on Iqbal Day under the spirit to serve the nation and the country in as maximum as possible hours.