The federal government on Thursday dispelled reports of an imminent change in the weekly holiday schedule.
Taking to Twitter, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said no change was under consideration. “All such rumours regarding change in this regard are baseless,” he wrote.
The minister’s remarks come in the wake of unverified reports of a possible change in the weekly holiday from Sunday to Friday.
The move was said to be under consideration as part of efforts to improve business relations with Middle East countries.
If the change materialised, it would be the second time Pakistan would declare Friday as the weekly holiday.
The country observed Sunday as the weekly holiday from its inception in 1947 till July 1, 1977 – just days before former military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq overthrew the Pakistan Peoples Party’s government led by its founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
Friday remained the national weekly holiday till February 1997, when then-premier Nawaz Sharif decided to restore Sunday as the weekly holiday.