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Kashmir Day 2018

Public holidays in Pakistan in 2018 National Holiday in Pakistan

Pakistan National Holidays

When is Kashmir Day?

Kashmir Solidarity Day, also known as 'Youm-e-Yakhjehti-e-Kashmir' has been observed as a national holiday in Pakistan since 1990 as a day of protest against Indian control of part of Kashmir.This Pakistani public holiday is celebrated annually on 5 February.

History of Kashmir Day

A non working day to highlight the issue of Kashmir was first suggested by Qazi Hussain Ahmad of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in 1990. The idea was supported by Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister at the time, and the Prime Minister at the time, Benazir Bhutto. The Pakistan People’s Party then declared February 5 as a public holiday.

Pakistan considers the issue of control of Kashmir as the core issue between India and Pakistan, which has led to three wars and means that Pakistan feel they need to devote a significant portion of their national income to military budgets.

On Kashmir Day, all government, semi-government and private offices across Pakistan will remain closed.

The day is marked by political rallies, marches and speeches about Kashmir. A human chain is formed on the major route from Pakistan to the Kashmir.


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History of Labor Day

More than a century ago, workers were forced to deal with harsh conditions. They were paid very little, and they often worked 10- to 12-hour days. Men, women and even small children were forced to work even when they were sick.

Tired of long hours and dangerous conditions, workers began organizing themselves into labor unions. On top of fighting for higher pay and shorter workdays, they also fought for the rights of children. The workers wanted employers to place limits on the age of their workers so that small children were not overworked or hurt in factories.

Peter McGuire is often called the


Peter McGuire is often called the "father" of Labor Day. He came up with the idea for the holiday in 1882.

A Holiday for Workers

A New York City carpenter named Peter McGuire is credited for coming up the idea for Labor Day. In 1872, after working many long hours under poor conditions, McGuire rallied 100,000 workers to go on strike. The workers marched through the streets of New York City, demanding a better work environment.

McGuire spent a decade fighting for worker's rights. In 1882, he proposed the idea to create a special holiday for workers. On Tuesday, September 5, 1882, more than 10,000 workers hit the streets of New York City for the first ever Labor Day parade. Two years later the celebration was moved to the first Monday in September. And in 1894, Congress passed a law making Labor Day a national holiday.

A Relaxing Celebration

Americans celebrated the first Labor Day holiday with a parade, picnics and fireworks. Today, many people hit the road to enjoy the last of their summer vacation. Others enjoy the long weekend with picnics, backyard barbecues or just rest and relaxation.

However you spend Labor Day, remember that the holiday is a time to pay tribute to the workers who have made America what it is today.


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Murad Ali Shah set to replace Qaim as Sindh CM

Pakistan Peoples Party Murad Ali Shah set to replace Qaim as Sindh CM:



KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples Party has picl
Mr Shah, a senior minister who holds the portfolio of finance in the current provincial cabinet, spent a busy day in Karachi on Monday as he met Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad as well as members of his party at Chief Minister House.

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah spolce to a private news channel on Monday and confirmed that Murad Ali Shah `will be the next chief min-ister of Sindh` However, Murad Ali Shah did not confirm it himself. He told the media outside his residence that if nominated, he would try his best to come up to the expectations of the party.

Sources said that the PPP would formally appreciate the services ofQaim Ali Shah in the meeting to be held on Tuesday at Bilawal House before the veteran politiclan handed in his resignation to the party leadership.

They said that the meeting would also announce and approve the name of Murad Ali Shah as the new CM. As soon as his name was announced, he would informally take over the affairs of the Sindh government and discuss his cabi-net with the party leadership, the sources added.

Mr Shah is expected to take the oath of his new office by the end of this week.

He held a meeting with Governor Ibad and discussed with him their future working relationship as well as the summoning of the Sindh Assembly session for the election of the new leader of the house following Qaim Ali Shah`s resignation.

But officially his meeting with the governor was related to issues of development and law and order in the province. The finance minister informed the governor about the situation of release of development funds, which the governor appreciated saying that those schemes should soon be completed for the benefit of the masses.

PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari had on Sunday decided to replace Qaim Ali Shah and bring in a new provincial cabinet after a meeting with party leaders in Dubai.

Maula Bux Chandio, adviser to the Sindh chief minister on information, termed the replacement of the CM a routine matter and `not a conspiracy`. He told reporters that Mr Bhutto-Zardari had decided to bring `young leadership` for the betterment of the province.

About the issue of Sindh Rangers` special policing powers for which the Dubai meeting was summoned, a PPP leader said: `The party has decided to extend powers of Rangers, which is literally obscured by the chief minister`s change.

He said the decision would be announced soon. `Most probably it will be announced in hours or in a day.

About the removal of Qaim Ali Shah, the sources said that apart from his soft stance on the issue of Rangers` actions in the province, the factors thatcaused his departure was fragmentation in the party.

The party leadership got complaints from a group that he did not entertain their requests about various projects and lucrative transfers and postings.

`He [Mr Shah] is a man who goes by the book, which too went against him ultimately when it came to political considerations,` said a senior party man.

CM Shah`s performance in the development sector was also questioned by his detractors. He contended with this allegation throughout his long stint as the chief minister and finally it was counted as one of the reasons that played in the party`s decision to show him the door.

His soft attitude towards Rangers and an independent stance in implementing the National Action Plan is said to be among the factors of his exit.

The veteran politician on Monday spent the `last day` of his rule by receiving friends, his admir
ers in the party and representatives of the legal community.



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