Communication: Petitioner wants Urdu as official language

Published: May 4, 2012

Petition filed stated that Quaid-i-Azam had announced that Urdu will be the official language of Pakistan.


Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed on Thursday deferred for three weeks the hearing on a petition seeking directions to the government to make Urdu as the official language.

The chief justice postponed the hearing on request of a deputy attorney general who sought time to file reply.

The petition was filed by Advocate Rana Ilmuddin Ghazi who submitted that Quaid-i-Azam, during an address to students in Dhaka in 1948, had announced that Urdu will be the official language of Pakistan. The petitioner regretted that despite the lapse of more than 60 years, it had not been implemented.

The petitioner submitted that a majority of Pakistanis could only read and write Urdu, adding, that it would be convenient for them to communicate in their national language.

He requested the chief justice to issue directions to the government to make Urdu the country’s official language.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (1)

  • Hasan Awan
    May 4, 2012 - 2:22AM

    Petitioner dont want to see Pakistan in future. When Balochi, Pashto, Sindhi and Punjabi +Seraiki will not be given equal opportunity and Government will try to wipe out local languages on the name of Pakistan just like PMLN is doing right now by Removing Punjabi and not recognizing Seraiki in Punjab then I am sure People will have the resentment with the country which is not giving them due rights and just forcing them to speak One Language. We never learnt from Bangladesh and we are still dreaming of One unit and one language.
    Pakistan have to accept that other than Urdu we have Pushto, Punjabi ( with its dielects), Seraiki, Sindhi, Balti and Balochi as languages and we have to recognize them as well.


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