PM Imran to address all programs, events conferences in Urdu

PM Imran to address all programs, events conferences in Urdu

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has taken a very important and big decision regarding the promotion of the national language Urdu.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Political Communications, Shahbaz Gul said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would address all programs, events and conferences in Urdu.

He said the prime minister ordered that all future programs should be held in the national language. The Special Assistant further said, “The national language is our pride, when other countries use their national language, why not? Instructions will be issued to federal ministers and government officials to speak in Urdu and issue orders,” he tweeted.

Shahbaz said the government will issue instructions to all government agencies to convey their message to the people in the national language. “A large number of people are unable to understand the orders issued in English, so do not insult the people,” he wrote.

On the other hand, Parliamentary Secretary for National Health Services (NHS) Dr Nausheen Hamid shared a notification stating that henceforth all programmes, events, or ceremonies arranged for the prime minister shall be conducted in the national language — Urdu.

The ministers and other government officials have also been directed to make all speeches and statements in the national language, Dr Hamid tweeted.

Earlier, the federal government had informed the Supreme Court that an executive order had been issued to make it mandatory for the president, prime minister, federal ministers and other official representatives to deliver their speeches in Urdu while within the country or abroad.

The secretary, information and broadcasting, during the hearing of a case pertaining to promotion and implementation of Urdu language informed an SC bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja that the prime minister had signed the executive order.

He also submitted a ‘short-term’ strategy report before the court. According to short-term measures, federal government departments have been asked to translate their policies and rules in Urdu in three months.

The forms relating to all the government and semi-government institutions will be in Urdu and at key public places like courts, police stations, hospitals, parks, educational institutions and banks the information signs will be in Urdu besides the English language.

Likewise, contents of utility bills, passports, driving licenses and various documents of the Auditor General’s office, Accountant General of Pakistan Revenue and Election Commission of Pakistan would also be in the national language.