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.