‘Urdu as official language’: LHC seeks reply from federal government

Published: April 23, 2012

Petition says Urdu should be made official language as Quaid-i-Azam had envisioned.

LAHORE: Chief justice of the Lahore High Court on Monday has sought a reply from federal government and assistance of the attorney general on a petition which seeks to make Urdu the official language.

Petitioner Advocate Rana Ilmuddin Ghazi said the Quaid-i-Azam in 1948 had announced that Urdu would be made the official language of the country but that has not been done. He said the Constitution had also laid down a provision to make Urdu the official language within a specific period but that deadline has also passed.

The chief justice heard initial arguments from the petitioner and adjourned the hearing for the next week.

The petitioner requested that directions be issued to the government to immediately act upon the desire of the Quaid-i-Azam.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Ali Tanoli
    Apr 23, 2012 - 10:01PM

    Can some of E,T finest writer bother to write some thing on this topic also why quaid azam
    said in 1948 to make urdu a official lang of the country????

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  • Omair
    Apr 23, 2012 - 10:29PM

    What? Isn’t Urdu the official language?….confused

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  • Sher Awan
    Apr 24, 2012 - 12:07AM

    It is just another pathetic attempt to completely remove the identity of the local cultures and traditions. I am a Punjabi and I am proud of my language and no court in the world have the right to force me that Urdu is the only language that i should study otherwise i am not a Pakistani. This country was not the property of Qaude Azam and we were living here before Pakistan and this country was made for Muslims not for Urdu Speakers. If we would have borrowed this land from Quaid e Azam then he have the right to decide what language we should speak but that is not the case. Muslim identity is not connected with Urdu. A Punjabi, Seraiki, Pushto, Balochi and Sindhi speakers are Muslims too.
    No matter how much they try to end my mother tongue it will remain along with Seraiki, Pustho and Sindhi and no court have the right to enslave us with one language.
    Long live Local Languages. Long live Punjabi, Seraiki, Pushto, Sindhi and Balochi. Nobody have the right to take away my right of my mother tongue and no one can enslave me.Recommend

  • Ali Tanoli
    Apr 24, 2012 - 12:59AM

    Umair,
    Its national not official dont be confused.

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  • Indus
    Apr 24, 2012 - 1:21AM

    Urdu is foreign to this land, this land has rich languages like Punjabi, Pushto, Sindhi, Siraiki and Balochi. Bengalis ran away from this country because of this “Urdu” controversy. Hardly 5 to 7 percent are native speakers of Urdu in Pakistan. For stronger Pakistan, lets return to sanity and our roots. Make all genuine and true languages of this land as National language.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Apr 24, 2012 - 2:07AM

    @Sher Awan,
    But u not ashamed to speak English this is not your lang and forced on you by invaders???
    why u hate Urdu which is our owns.

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  • Raja Islam
    Apr 24, 2012 - 2:50AM

    @Sher Awan:
    It is the Indian mohajir philosophy. Islam, Pakistan and Urdu all come together. Everyone who does not subscribe to this philosophy is either a traitor or a heretic or both.

    The imposition of Urdu and the mullah version of Islam are the root causes of discord in the country and have severely damaged the unity of the people of Pakistan.

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  • Karachi
    Apr 24, 2012 - 5:28AM

    @Indus:
    @Sher Awan:
    What language would a Punjabi person and a Sindhi person use to communicate with each other? Urdu is what unites this country and should be made the NATIONAL language.

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  • FF
    Apr 24, 2012 - 6:23AM

    @Sher Awan: dude, don’t over-reactRecommend

  • fatima gillani
    Apr 24, 2012 - 8:46AM

    isn’t it too early to follow Quaid e Azams wishes???

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  • Dr v n Srivastava
    Apr 24, 2012 - 2:44PM

    Urdu is hindi written in Arabic script with Arabic and pershian words added.in India it is spoken in only UP Bihar M P Rajsthan but it is understood all over .

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  • Apr 24, 2012 - 6:19PM

    Urdu is national language and this what the founder of the nation said. It is the language of communication between all provinces. However I believe that in addition of Urdu, Pushto Punjabi, Billochi and Sindhi should be Provincial official languages of each province and the job should not be provided to a person in the province if he/she does not understand, write and speak local language of his/her province.No Pujabi will get provincial job in Blochistan if he does not know billochi. No Billochi will get the job provincial services in Sindh if he/she does not understand Sindhi. No Sindhi will get the provincial job in Khybar Pukhtoonkhwa if he/she does not understand pushto. It will reduce disliking and hate between all the provinces.
    Mind it I m Urdu speaking and I firmly believe that all Urdu speakers should learn Sindhi language if they want get job in provincial services.

    The importance of Urdu is that will keep the nation united as it is understood all over the language. Similarly the importance of English is also important if u want to live in international community.
    Iftikhar Ul Haq Siddiqiui

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  • Sindhi
    Apr 24, 2012 - 8:22PM

    @Sher Awan
    @Raja Islam

    Superb I totally Agree What You Guys Say !

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  • Abid P Khan
    Apr 25, 2012 - 7:42AM

    @Sindhi:
    “@Sher Awan
    @Raja Islam
    Superb I totally Agree What You Guys Say !”

    What else can one expected from a person like you?

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  • Indian
    Apr 27, 2012 - 2:58AM

    Mr Srivastava,

    Your surname suggests you are a Kayastha. You are victim of the same right-wing mindset that terms Urdu as a ‘style’ of Hindi. Kindly read proper texts on the origin of Urdu and Hindi, then you will realise what is the truth and what post-partition, your guys taught you.

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