Federal, KP govt on same page over Iqbal Day holiday


PESHAWAR: All educational institutes, offices and businesses will remain opened on Iqbal Day (November 9), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government announced Tuesday.
According to KP government spokesman, the province would not observe holiday on account of Dr Allama Iqbal’s birth anniversary.
However, Sindh government announced that educational institutions will remain closed tomorrow.
Rawalpindi Private Schools Association has also announced holiday on the occasion of Iqbal Day.
President Private Schools Association Abrar Ahmed said all educational institutions located in Rawalpindi division will remain closed tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Interior Ministry Tuesday denied issuing any notification declaring November 9 a public holiday on account of Iqbal Day.
Earlier, notifications reportedly issued by the interior ministry made rounds on social media, saying the federal government had decided to declare Nov 9 a public holiday.
However, shortly after the ‘fake’ notification went viral, the interior ministry denied issuing any such memo.
Iqbal day is celebrated every year as a tribute to “poet of the east” Allama Muhammad Iqbal, who was born on Nov 9, 1877 in Sialkot.


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