The Supreme Court in a recent judgment ordered Urdu to be adopted as an official language of Pakistan under article 251 of the constitution. This historic judgment by the apex court favours the sentiments of the whole nation. Urdu is the national language of Pakistan as declared by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and later on specified clearly in the 251st section of the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan.
The verdict was announced by Justice Jawad S. Khawaja, who not only implemented it first by announcing and writing the judgment in Urdu but he also took oath as Chief Justice of Pakistan in the national language on August 17, 2015.
A day before his retirement on September 9, 2015, Justice Jawad S. Khawaja showed the constitution to those at the helm of affairs that Urdu needs to revive and it should be used as the national and official language of Pakistan. Urdu is widely spoken and understood by the majority of the country’s population. Hence, the judgment truly represents the voice of the nation, which is a step in the right direction.
Soon after the judgment, the American Embassy in Pakistan issued an Urdu version of their official website. The government has been directed to ensure implementation of the judgment and submit the compliance report in three months.
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Surprisingly, the judgment by the apex court was hardly discussed and hailed in mainstream media of the country. There should have been special debates and discussions on the topic, but it seems as the importance of English is greater than of Urdu before certain elements.
Urdu is the national and official language of Pakistan. Official correspondence and data need to be in Urdu so that a common man can read and understand it. Similarly, all utility bills and courts judgments, national and international speeches by the heads of the state has been ordered by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to be in Urdu just for the understanding of all citizens of Pakistan.
Urdu is a Turkish word which means a party or group, the language is a combination of Arabic, Persian, and other languages.
It is worth mentioning that countries like China, Russia, Japan, Germany, Spain and some other developed nations use their national languages at national and international level. They do so to represent the importance of their language and to give their national language an honour before other nations.
The Supreme Court judgment does not discourage use of English language, it just wants to ensure the use of Urdu for the benefit of a common Pakistani so that he can understand the document related to him or understand what his leader is speaking at large. English may continue to be the language of science, technology and research. Also, T]the government may continue to correspond with other nations in English but the native language should be head and shoulders above all.
Urdu is our national heritage and we need to safeguard it at all cost. Urdu brings all the provinces to unity and brotherhood. Every citizen of Pakistan is entitled to have access to the public documents, therefore, they need to be in Urdu.
It is hoped that Urdu will soon be adopted as the official language in the government offices of Pakistan and the country as a whole.