Indigenous language: Balochi dictionary formally launched

Published: August 3, 2015


QUETTA: The voluminous Balochi Dictionary was launched formally at the Balochi Academy in Quetta at a gathering of top intellectuals of the province on Sunday.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Makran Dr Abdul Razak Sabir, performed the launching ceremony.

Chief editor of the dictionary Mir Jan Mohammad Dashti, Dr Abdul Saboor Baloch, Prof Yusuf Mengal, Ulfat Nasim, Rehim Bakhsh Mehar, and Hamid Ali spoke on the occasion.

It took 15 years and efforts of dozens of prominent intellectuals, writers and poets to publish the dictionary. It was considered the biggest achievement of the Balochi Academy.

Even before formal launching of the Balochi dictionary, almost all of its copies were sold out forcing the publishers to plan its second edition at the earliest.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2015. 

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  • Brahui
    Aug 3, 2015 - 3:56PM

    Nice, they should now make a Brahui dictionary, it’s the indigenous Dravidian language of Baluchistan spoken by half the population but there seem to be attempts by Baloch nationalists and some Brahuis to erase the language and Balochify the Brahui peopleRecommend

  • Mir
    Aug 3, 2015 - 7:55PM

    @brahui brahui is a beautiful language and i think it should be thought in school levels, balochi also.. These two are languages of baloch people. I think its the punjab that does not promote these languages both are dying. No one is balochifying the brahui language it has it own history. Its an asset of balochistan. You’re not a brahui but a punjabi whose burning deep down seeing a little development in balochi language. You guys are disguisting. Recommend

  • Meer Baloch
    Aug 3, 2015 - 7:58PM

    @Brahui: So according to every Baloch hating Pashtoon and Brahui they are the other half in Balochistan. Can you guys make up your mind?Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Aug 3, 2015 - 8:00PM

    As an Urdu speaker and Karachiite, this is great news, this is how our culture becomes richer. Recommend

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