ISLAMABAD: On direction of the Supreme Court (SC) for submitting a detailed report on introduction of Urdu as national and official language, the government has submitted a short-term plan to gradually introduce Urdu as official language.
The Federal Secretary Information on Friday told the three-member bench of apex court, presided by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja that government is taking decisive steps to gradually introduce Urdu as official language.
In the report submitted by the government, it was said that at first stage government institution will adopt Urdu as an official language by releasing official documents and forms including utility bills in Urdu. Prime Minister’s office had already issued directives to adopt Urdu as official language, added by Federal Secretary Information.
As per report, all government institutions, organisations and semi-government working under federal government would publish their policies, by laws, and forms in Urdu and English. Moreover, all these organization would ensure to publish information on their websites in Urdu within three months. After that all noticeboards in all public offices such as courts, police stations, hospitals, education institutions, banks, parks and public places will display information in Urdu along with English.
On the other hand, provincial governments seeks to promote major regional language in their respective provinces, as informed to apex court.
Article 251 of the Constitution of Pakistan 1971 states on National Language:
(1)- The National language of Pakistan is Urdu, and arrangements shall be made for its being used for official and other purposes within fifteen years from the commencing day.
(2)- Subject to clause (1), the English language may be used for official purposes until arrangements for its replacement by Urdu.
(3)- Without prejudice to the status of the national language, a Provincial Assembly may by law prescribe measures for the teaching, promotion and use of a provincial language in addition to the national language.