November 9th is the birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal – National Poet of Pakistan famous for his Urdu/Persian poetry. The Iqbal Day was being observed as national holiday in the past but was discontinued from the Musharraf era.
Since last week, it was being heard that the Federal Government has restored Iqbal Day (Nov 9th) as a public holiday. Many people on social media believed it and shared the news with others.
One week later, the Interior Ministry of Pakistan finally took notice of the fake announcement that had been attributed to it. The Ministry took stock of reports from certain sections of media and stated that ‘We have not issued any notification of public holiday on the eve of Iqbal Day’ as per officials.
In short, the Interior Ministry categorically rubbished claims that Iqbal Day was a federally-mandated holiday. Government departments will be open for business on Nov 9, ending days of confusion whether Iqbal Day was off or not.
To this effect, the FIA has been tasked to look into the fake notification of Iqbal Day and probe the matter. FIA spokesperson issued an official statement, “Directives have been issued to FIA’s cyber-crime wing to investigate the fake notifications.”
Even though the Federal government has announced that tomorrow is not a holiday, provincial governments from Balochistan and Sindh have decided to celebrate Iqbal day as a public holiday. Schools and government offices will remain closed on November 9.