9th November is celebrated as Iqbal Day every year to honor the efforts of Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Until 2015, the day was observed as a public holiday, however, the Interior Ministry of Pakistan decided to abrogate it.
A petition was filed to declare the Iqbal Day as a public holiday this year as well, but it was rejected yet again.
And when you deprive Pakistanis of a public holiday, it backfires big time. Same is the case with Iqbal Day, and Pakistanis are not happy at all.
Let’s see what people are saying about the scenario.
— Fiza (@fiza_tweets) November 8, 2017
but every one is happy for holiday but no one read iqbal books we did follow rules of iqbal iqbal see dream of pakistan but pakistan is not like that how iqbal want it.#IqbalDay pic.twitter.com/aIHgPmHzDR
— Mohammad Khazran 🇵🇰 (@KhazranSays) November 8, 2017
This is definitely not acceptable for Pakistanis.
اقبال تیری قوم کا یومِ اقبال کھو گیا!
جس چھٹی کا تھا انتظار! اس کا انتقال ہوگیا!#IqbalDay — feeling thoughtful
— علامہ محمد اقبال (@Pakhumdard) November 9, 2017
Neither we would be getting a holiday on Iqbal day nor we will celebrate it,we will just go through routine work and that is sad.#IqbalDay
— Zee! (@zaeemsays) November 8, 2017
While others highlighted the dilemma of this nation.
اس قوم کو اقبال کے لیئے چھٹی نہیں بلکہ چھٹی کے لئے اقبال چاہیے! #IqbalDay
— Muzzammil (@oye_muzzu) November 9, 2017
The tragedy of the nation.
Tragedy of a nation! Birthdate of spiritual founder of Pakistan but all people are worried about is if there's a holiday tomorrow or not. #IqbalDay
— م ح س ن (@mohsin_jamro) November 8, 2017
Other days should be cancelled too, no?
— Main Abdul Majid Hoon (@ComicsByMajid) November 7, 2017
Media’s role is definitley questionable.
— Jazba Junoon🇵🇰 (@jazba_junoon) November 9, 2017
The authorities have had to face a barrage of criticism over their decision.
Shameful that Interior Minister "Aristotle" Ahsan Iqbal rejects summary to restore #IqbalDay holiday. Am I supposed to celebrate Rabindranath Tagore Day? Pity this nation being ruled by 1940s Punjab Unionists
— Salman Inqalabi (@SrasheedSalman) November 8, 2017
On a lighter note.
— Samreen Ali (@Bablimeeoow) November 8, 2017
NS jokes never get old.
— لیمن سوڈا (@Chai_Snob) November 7, 2017