ISLAMABAD: English to be dropped as official language while substituted by Urdu.
In line with details, Ahsan Iqbal, Pakistan’s Minister of Planning, National Reforms and Development confirmed that the change in Pakistan’s official language would occur as a result of a court directive.
In an interview to TIME, Ahsan Iqbal said that switching from English to Urdu does not mean that English would be abandoned entirely but will still be taught in schools along with Urdu. “This means that Urdu would be a second medium of language and all official business will be bilingual,” he added.
According to the Constitution of Pakistan under Article 251 government must make Urdu the national language in all circumstances; however, this law has not been implemented.
At the same time, several Pakistanis fear that the change might be a drawback for younger generation, which is more exposed to the Western culture. Nonetheless, Ahsan Iqbal disagreed to this idea and said, the change would help make Pakistan more democratic, since it will “help provide greater participation to people who don’t know English, hence making the government more inclusive.”
Pakistan is home to several other languages, including Punjabi, Pashto, Sindhi, Balochi, Kashmiri, Brahui, Shina, Balti, Khowar, Dhatki, Marwari, Wakhi and Burushaski.Despite the fact that numerous languages are spoken in Pakistan, English is more prevalent among the elite and government ministries.