ISLAMABAD: Marvi Memon, a National Assembly lawmaker from the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, has urged speakers of all provincial assemblies to accord national language status to all regional languages.
According to a press release issued here on Saturday, letters have been sent to speakers of all assemblies.
The MNA had also submitted a bill in the National Assembly in August 2008, calling for declaring all provincial languages, including Balochi, Punjabi, Sindhi, Pushto, Shina, Balti and Siraiki as national languages. Over time, other languages were to be added.
The press release said the people of Pakistan had “long been demanding national status for their mother tongues. Urdu will continue to be (the top) national language and English as the official language, as per the Constitution”.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2011.