Petition filed in LHC to re-declare Iqbal Day as public holiday


LAHORE: Iqbal day is celebrated every year as a tribute to poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal, who was born on Nov 9, 1877, in Sialkot. It was in 2015 that the then Interior Ministry abolished the public holiday on November 9.

A petition was filed in Lahore High Court on Tuesday to re-declare Iqbal Day as a public holiday, years after the government stopped announcing a day-off to commemorate the poet’s birthday.

The application filed in the LHC has nominated the federal and provincial governments as respondents on the matter.

It has been reported that a similar petition filed earlier is also pending before the court. The application sought an early hearing on the matter so that this year a public holiday can be declared on November 9.