‘Eid ul Azha on August 12’: Govt employees likely to enjoy 5 holidays

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ISLAMABAD (9Newshd): Following the Lunar Calendar, Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has said that Eidul Azha would fall on August 12 in Pakistan.

Fawad Hussain Monday announced that Eidul Azha would fall on August 12 in Pakistan, adding that the ministry would present the Lunar Calendar before the Federal Cabinet for approval and its implementation across the country officially.

With Eidul Azha falling on Monday (August 12) as the minister said, the government staff would avail at least five consecutive holidays. Saturdays and Sundays are public holidays in the country whereas Eid’s 1st and 2nd days would fall on Monday and Tuesday. And of course, the nation will mark Independence Day on the 14th of August (Wednesday) — a gazetted holiday.

Addressing a press conference here, Fawad Hussain said initially the calendar had been prepared for a period of five years as more research was taking place, which would introduce more modern techniques in the coming years.

The minister, who recently returned from Iran after attending the conference of Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), said he had also planned to send the calendar to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to adopt it as a first-ever joint calendar of the Islamic world.

Accordingly, he said, a letter would be sent to the Foreign Office for onward submission of the calendar to the OIC as he received a good response from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates authorities under this initiative.

Highlighting the importance of switching over to science and technology-based developments, Fawad said efforts were being made to collaborate with Turkey, America, Russia and other developed countries. “Third world countries can’t progress without getting the benefit of progress made in science and technology,” he said. For more latest news Pakistan, visit 9newshd.tv

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