ISLAMABAD: According to Article 251 of the Constitution, a provincial government is bound to work for the promotion of regional languages. In Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), the main languages are Balti, Shina and Burushaski. The G-B government, however, is doing nothing for the promotion and preservation of these three local languages. Already, because of its negligence, the language of Domaki is on the verge of extinction. The Department of Culture has focused its sole attention on holding polo matches when there is a need to establish a district committee to monitor work and prepare recommendations for the inclusion of these three languages in the syllabus. I hope the government will awaken from its deep slumber and do something.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 25th, 2016.