Efforts needed to implement Urdu as official language: Irfan

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Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage (NHLH), Irfan Siddiqui Wednesday said practical efforts as well as national spirit is needed at all levels for implementing Urdu as an official language.
He was presiding over the inaugural session of a national dialogue on “National Language and Pakistani Languages: Background and Preview” arranged by National Language Promotion Department (NLPD).
Speaking on the occasion, Irfan Siddiqui said the present government is taking practical measures for realizing the dream of implementing Urdu as an official language which is a constitutional requirement.
“A national language carries its own distinction and pride which cannot be altered or replaced. Urdu language is not a language of a specific region which is its distinctive quality and it is spreading consistently without government patronage through the literary contribution of Urdu writers and poets”, Irfan Siddiqui observed.
He said Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Muhammad Iqbal and leaders of Pakistan Movement through the platform of All India Muslim League declared to implement Urdu as national language and now it is our national.—APP