It said in the notification, “November 9, (Monday) will be a working day. All the offices and education institutes would remain open as per routine.”
The government has not underlined any reason for cancellation of the public holiday.
The government has been taken to task by the people on social media for cancelling a holiday.
Iqbal Day is celebrated throughout Pakistan on 9th November, on the occasion of the poet’s birth anniversary. Allama Iqbal, one of the greatest Muslim poets to have lived ever, was an instrumental figure in the creation of Pakistan. He not only rallied for the cause of Pakistan but also enchanted Muslims with his gifted verses and versatile poetry.
Below is the list of public and optional holidays as issued by the Ministry of Interior.
List of public holidays — 2015
List of optional holidays — 2015