ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court ordered the implementation of Urdu as the official language at all government departments.
According to media reports, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court which was headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Jawwad S Khawaja declared its ruling over the petitions seeking to espouse Urdu as the official language in the country.
The Supreme today Tuesday September 8, issued nine guidelines in order to make Urdu the official language in Pakistan. At the same time the apex court also urged for an instant implementation of Article 251.
In line with the Article 251, “the national language of Pakistan is Urdu and arrangements shall be made for it being used for official and other purposes within fifteen years from the commencing day.”
“Subject to clause (1), English language may be used for official purposes until arrangements are made for its replacement by Urdu,” the article further states.
Under the Constitution passed in 1973, Article 251 specifies, “Without prejudice to the status of the national language, a provincial assembly may by law prescribe measures for the teaching, promotion and use of a provincial language in addition to the national language.”
It was earlier this year in July, when Pakistan nodded in confirmation to a long-running rumour of dropping English as its official language and changing to its mother tongue, Urdu.