Top Court Orders Pak to adopt Urdu As Official Language


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Supreme Court on Tuesday directed federal and provincial governments to adopt Urdu as official language in the country.

Announcing the verdict on a petition, pertaining to promotion and implementation of Urdu language, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja directed the government to fulfill its constitutional obligation, Dawn reported.

“In the governance of the federation and the provinces there is hardly any necessity for the use of the colonial language which cannot be understood by the public at large.”

Even for many civil servants and public officials, who may have received education in English, this language would in most cases, not be the language most used by them, read the SC’s verdict

It went on to read that “many officials are therefore forced to spend time on attempting to initiate and take decisions in a language which they are not entirely comfortable with”.

“The time thus spent is quite wasteful because a lot of energy is dedicated to deciphering the language of the noting (which could have been easily drafted in the Urdu language) itself rather than understanding its content or substance.

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