NGO wants PDP MPs take oath in Urdu

SRINAGAR: Jammu Kashmir Urdu Council (JKUC), an amalgam of different literary organizations working for the promotion and development of Urdu language, has shot letters to newly elected Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Parliamentarians to take oath in Urdu language.

In his letters, Javed Matjee, Secretary General, of JKUC has congratulated the PDP for its impressive win in the just concluded Lok Sabha polls. “The election results have shown that you and your party have emerged as a viable alternative for resolution of the problems and difficulties of the people of Jammu Kashmir. We genuinely hope that your party will miss no chance to represent the feelings, sentiments and aspirations of your people always and at every forum,” the letter reads.  

Matjee has said that it is a matter of great satisfaction that during the recent electioneering your party included issues pertaining to culture, languages and literature in the party manifesto. “This is for the first time in the history of our state that any major political party has included the development of languages in its election manifesto. However regrettably you missed the main aspect of this important feature and have ignored the official and constitutional language, Urdu.”

“..you are aware that Urdu is the official language of Jammu and Kashmir. Every big and small constituent of the establishment is bound, by the state constitution, to work for the protection, promotion and development of this language. In addition to its constitutional status Urdu is the only via media that connects different regions and entities within of the state. Moreover Urdu is the only linguistic bridge that connects Jammu Kashmir with rest of the sub-continent. Under these circumstances Urdu has extra ordinary social, political and administrative importance Jammu Kashmir,” Matjee has said in his letter.

The JKUC secretary general has requested all the three PDP Members of Parliament to include the promotion and development of Urdu in the list of their priorities as worthy member of Lok Sabha. “Jammu Kashmir Urdu Council also expects you to take oath as MP in state’s official language Urdu so that the aspirations of the people, who voted for you, despite all odds, are well represented,” reads the JKUC letter.

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