The federal government has announced a public holiday on November 9 on account of Iqbal Day.

“November 9, Thursday, will be a public holiday across the country,” said a notification issued by the Cabinet Division on Friday.

November 9 is celebrated as Iqbal Day nationwide in honour of Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal’s birthday, marking his 146th birth anniversary this year.


Allama Iqbal played a vital role in encouraging millions of Muslims across the subcontinent to struggle for their separate homeland, where they could live freely.

The day would begin with mosques holding special prayers for the advancement and well-being of Pakistan.

Dr. Iqbal, born on November 9, 1877, in Sialkot, is widely recognised as the ‘Poet of the East’ in Pakistan and various other regions around the world.

Iqbal was an acclaimed poet and philosopher.