A notification has been issued by provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) declaring 1st Muharram as a public holiday after which all government offices in Peshawar and the province will remain close on 12th September (Wednesday).
The notification was issued by Muhammad Yousaf Khan who is the Section officer in the Administration Department of KPK.
The moon was not sighted on Monday night after which Ruet-Hilal-Committee declared that the Islamic New Year 1440 Hijri will start from 12th Sept.
Schools, Colleges, Universities and all other educational institutes will also remain close in Peshawar and other parts of KPK.
Peshawar : Govt of kpk Administration Department notified for general information that 1st Muharrram 1440 will b public holiday
— BuraaqNews (@Buraaqnews) September 10, 2018
1st Muharram is the first day of Muharram and is also observed as the day when Second Caliph Hazrat Umar (ra) departed from this world.
Great move by CM KPK @MahmoodKhanCM by officially declaring 1st Muharram as a public holiday to commemorate the day of the martyrdom of the great Sahabi,leader and 2nd Caliph Umar al-Khattab (Raziallahuanhu). #YaumeUmar
— Muhammad Shaheer (@hmshaheer) September 10, 2018
In previous years KPK government has been declaring it a public holiday during which many religious groups hold processions around the city to remember the martyrdom of Hazrat Umar (ra).
So far no notification has been issued by the federal government or any other provincial government after which it is expected that no public holiday will be announced in these provinces or from federal government.