As Pakistan braces for the upcoming general elections scheduled for February 8, 2024, unverified reports circulating on various social media platforms suggest that educational institutions nationwide might undergo an unprecedented closure lasting eight days. According to these speculations, schools are expected to close on Sunday, February 4, for Kashmir Day and continue the hiatus from February 6 to 10 during the election period.
Additional reports suggested extended closures through Sunday, February 11, with plans to reopen on February 12. Notably, there are two expected public holidays in February: one on February 5 to mark Kashmir Day and the other on February 8 for general elections.
List of eight public holidays in February 2024 is as follows:
- Feb 4: Sunday
- Feb 5: Kashmir Day
- Feb 6-10: Election Holidays
- Feb 11: Sunday
The federal or provincial governments have not released any formal notice in spite of these reports. It is anticipated that the decision, which has allegedly been decided by officials, will be made public during the first week of February. In addition, local authorities might think about extending the holidays in light of the current situation.
The proposed closure hinges on the confirmation of the authorities, emphasizing the uncertainty surrounding these reports. As the nation eagerly awaits the elections, the anticipation of potential public holidays intensifies, with discussions centering around Article 218 of the Constitution, empowering the Election Commission of Pakistan to declare public holidays on election days.
The speculated declaration of February 8 as a public holiday aligns fortuitously with Kashmir Day on February 5, potentially granting citizens a rare opportunity for a two-day consecutive break. Traditionally, the State Bank of Pakistan tends to declare a vacation on election day, aligning with historical norms and adding to the excitement surrounding the official announcement from the Election Commission.
The prospect of a public holiday on February 8 amid all of this uncertainty emphasizes the social joy that accompanies such momentous occasions in addition to emphasizing the civic obligation of taking part in the political process. Pending official confirmation in the upcoming weeks, the convergence of these factors positions Pakistani citizens for an unforgettable and captivating experience.