Two holidays announced in Islamabad due to a delegation visit

A foreign delegation is expected to visit Islamabad from 30th of July to 1st of August 2023. This reportedly includes the vice premier of China. So it is expected that, to give the security to the delegation, several routes of city will be closed from time to time. So govt have announced two holidays in Islamabad, Monday 31st July and Tuesday 1st of August 2023.

Irfan Nawaz Memon, the district magistrate ICT Islamabad, via an official notification have notified the holidays. By the way, it is not happening first time in the capital Islamabad. Whenever some high profile delegation gets schedule to visit the city, often citizens get these holidays to enjoy.

According to some online sources, the delegation is coming to Pakistan to celebrate the 10th anniversary of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). It is really expected that discussions about the work progress on CPEC will also take place, as there have been many challenges including Covid-19 pandemic, floods and more, which have hindered the progress on CPEC greatly.

According to the notification, all the Public/Private Schools, Colleges and Universities in Islamabad will remain close. Also all private Public/Private Entities, Companies, Markets, Shops and all commercial banks should also remain close. Following is the notification, circulating over the web about the holidays on Monday and Tuesday.

The Director Administration and Additional Commissioner Rana Waqas Anwar had previously requested the higher administration to consider giving two holidays in Islamabad, one on July 31, 2023 and other on August 01, 2023. So the request have been approved by the higher authorities and holidays are granted, following was the request document.

You might also be interested in the full list of public holidays in year 2023, so check them out.

30 thoughts on “Two holidays announced in Islamabad due to a delegation visit

  1. Will US Embassy be open for pre scheduled interviews on 31 July and 1 August after this holiday announcement

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    1. Asad, thank you very much for pointing this out. We have also found the notification and updated the post. Holidays are now official.

      However, when posted originally, I honestly didn’t notice the ‘word’ requested.

      Anyways, as the holidays are confirm now, everyone, please enjoy!

    1. Will public transport is closed like if someone wants to travel from Islamabad to Rawalpindi on metro?

  2. On 31 July I have to collect my passport from G 10 Regional passport office, will it be Open or not.

    Thanks & Regards

  3. In all seriousness, why not
    just disband the police department, and the relevant administration, and close down any city where a foreign delegation visits?
    For Ashura, 8th,9th,10th July Karacgi was shut. Containers were placed closing off roads, causing massive traffic jams.
    Education, not that we have much, is randomly disrupted.
    Phones are turned off.
    I don’t see this kind of policing anywhere else in the world.
    Is our police really so incompetent, so dis-respected, that their only solution for policing routine events is to close down everything?

    1. This Nation does not even deserve a single day off. No consistency in Business what have we achieved so far? After few days phir koi dharna shuru ho jyega and Political rallies.

  4. Is government offices open or closed , anyone clear this ambiguity please. For 31st July and 1 st August.

  5. The only country in the world where holidays are announced just because someone (of the rank of Vice Prime Minister) from another country is visiting here. Offices are closed and so is the scant public transport, without realising how much the common man will suffer on this count. This also means that there are serious security issues still lingering in the country or else why security measures to this extent!

  6. Will VFS global Islamabad remain open on 31 Jul 23 for pre scheduled biometrics appointments.

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