A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry has issued a clarification that the ministry has not issued any notification about November 9 being a public holiday.
The rumors about November 9 being a public holiday have no authenticity. In fact, the State Minister for Interior, Shehryar Afridi, said in the National Assembly, “Naya Pakistan’s vision is to work seven days a week, 24 hours a day.”
He went on, “Prime Minister Imran Khan and federal cabinet have not taken a day off.”
Pakistan celebrates Iqbal Day on November 9 as a tribute to Allama Muhammad Iqbal, who gave the idea of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent.
He was born on November 9, 1877, in Sialkot. Pakistanis hold him in great esteem for his sacrifices and services for the country.
The issue of restoring Iqbal day as a holiday turns up every year; however, the governments do not seem to agree with the idea.