The reports of a public holiday on November 9 have been discarded by the Sindh government, as per the reports of The News. 9th November is commonly referred to as the Iqbal day and is remembered and celebrated as the birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
The Secretary Education told local media that the government has not announced public holiday on the Iqbal Day. He further added that schools and colleges would remain open and operational on Friday.
The federal government has also denied declaring Iqbal Day as a public holiday.
On the 6th of November, the government and opposition members in the National Assembly favored against the resolution of declaring November 9 as a public holiday.
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The resolution for declaring 9th November as an official holiday was presented by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz parliamentarian—Dr. Nisar Ahmed Cheema.
But, the resolution was immediately denied by the senior colleague and was also seconded by the Minister of State for Interior—Shehryar Afridi and the minister of Human Rights—Dr. Shireen Mazari.
Ahsan Iqbal on the occasion said that the declaration of 9th November as an official holiday would be a negation of the concept of “Khudi” and hard work.
Iqbal Day is celebrated as a tribute to the legendary poet of the subcontinent Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Previously on every 9th November, there used to be a holiday but since last 3 or so years, the holiday has been annulled. Allama Iqbal was born on the 9th of November 1877 in the city of Sialkot. He was the poet and visionary of Pakistan. He used to encourage the Muslim youth to come forward and fight for an independent free land. He played a significant role in the making of Pakistan.