Urdu fourth biggest language of world: say scholars

KARACHI: Urdu is the 4th biggest language in the world and our national dignity is related to it. It unites us and it should be enforced as national and official language of Pakistan, as without making Urdu our official language the literacy rate of country would not increase, said renowned scholars in a seminar organized by Idara Tameer Adab in Idara Noor-e-Haq, Wednesday night.

The seminar on “Urdu, national and constitutional status” was presided by Muzaffar Ahmad Hashmi while Professor Shadab Ahmad Ahsani, Professor Haroon Rasheed, Dr Moinuddin Aqeel, Shah Nawaz Farooqui, Dr Fatima Hassan, Dr Syed Mubin Akhter, Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi chapter president Hafiz Naeem and others were present.

Muzaffar Hashmi said that JI fully supports the cause of Urdu language under the leadership of Sirajul Haq. The party has celebrated the “Urdu day” in whole country on his call. He said three provinces have already passed bills to declare Urdu as national language but bureaucracy is still a main hurdle in this dream coming true.

Prof Shadab Ahsani said: “Urdu has its own structure and it would survive and grow. Languages do not follow the dictionary but speakers. It needs celebrate to Urdu day with the zeal with which the defence day is celebrated.”

Pro Haroon Rasheed said patriotic people have been raising voice for Urdu for last 50 years but in vain. He said no is the time to give Urdu its real status in Pakistan.

Dr Fatima Hassan said language is reflection of culture and Urdu is our cultural reflection. She said our national dignity is related to Urdu.

Dr Moinuddin Aqeel urged that we have to realize our behaviour about Urdu. He said Supreme Court has ordered to give Urdu to status as national language and Prime minister and other ministers should speak Urdu in their foreign visits. He regretted that our rulers seem not ready to obey the courts orders.

Senior columnist Shah Nawaz Farooqui, Dr Mubin Akhter and Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rahman also spoke and highlighted the importance of Urdu as the national and official language of Pakistan.