ISLAMABAD – The interim government has declared November 9 as a public holiday in honor of Iqbal Day, according to an announcement made on Friday. This day is observed nationwide to celebrate the birth anniversary of Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal, a revered poet and philosopher.
The Cabinet Division issued a formal notification stating that Thursday, November 9, will be recognized as a public holiday across the country. This year marks the 146th birth anniversary of Dr. Iqbal, who was born in Sialkot on November 9, 1877.
Dr. Iqbal is celebrated for his significant contributions to inspiring millions of Muslims across the sub-continent to strive for an independent homeland where they could freely practice Islam. His influential poetry and political advocacy played a crucial role in the demand for a separate homeland for Muslims.
On this day, special prayers will be held in mosques throughout the country, praying for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan. A change of guards ceremony is also scheduled to take place at Dr. Iqbal’s mausoleum in Lahore.
Dr. Iqbal’s legacy continues to inspire and guide the nation, and his birth anniversary serves as a reminder of his vision for a free and prosperous Pakistan. The public holiday on November 9 provides an opportunity for the citizens to reflect on his teachings and their relevance in today’s world.