The official Twitter handle of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MoIB) for busting fake news tweeted that the government of Pakistan has not announced any public Eid holidays yet.
This announcement has come in the wake of a notification doing rounds on social media, which read that the government has officially declared 4 days of Eid holidays in Pakistan from 13th to 17th May 2021.
The official Twitter account said that the notification is completely fake and that no such announcement has been made yet.
Disseminating #FakeNews is not only unethical and illegal but it is also disservice to the nation. It is the responsibility of everyone to reject irresponsible behavior. Reject #FakeNews. pic.twitter.com/qA1Ady4A8T— FakeNewsBusterMoIB (@FakeNews_Buster) April 26, 2021
The Ministry of Information also deemed this act as a disservice to the nation and asked everyone to reject such fake news.
Norbert Almedia, Chairperson of the Security Sub-Committee of the American Business Council of Pakistan, also pointed out, that had the news been real, every news channel must have aired it. Since there was none, it was enough evidence that the news was fake.
This has been on whatsapp since 11AM. if it was genuine every news channel would have run it. NOT ONE did which should have given people a clue that it is FAKE … https://t.co/agE6bA5OLy— n 😷 (@norbalm) April 26, 2021
Earlier yesterday, the National Command Operation Centre (NCOC) had advised the government for a week-long holiday considering the rising COVID-19 positivity rate in Pakistan. The suggestion was forwarded to MoIB to curb the deteriorating coronavirus situation in the country. However, the Ministry has not yet taken a decision, and the proposal first needs to be sent to the cabinet for approval.
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