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No holiday on November 9: says interior ministry

A spokesperson for the Interior Ministry on Tuesday clarified that there is no authenticity to the news regarding November 9 being a holiday.

“No notification has been issued by the interior ministry regarding this,” the spokesperson said.

Addressing a session of the National Assembly, Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi said, “Naya Pakistan’s vision is to work seven days a week, 24 hours a day.”

He continued, “Prime Minister Imran Khan and federal cabinet have not taken a day off.”

November 9 is celebrated as Iqbal Day, a tribute to Allama Muhammad Iqbal who was born in Sialkot on November 9, 1877.

Allama Iqbal played a prominent role in securing a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent, which is modern-day Pakistan. He has influenced a great number of scholars, politicians and prominent personalities throughout the sub-continent.

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