Languages are source of communication, and it is integral part of the society. There are 76 languages exist in Pakistan, and they
must be called Pakistani languages rather then regional languages. Article 251 of the constitution gives the right to Provinces to adopt their own language as provincial language and it was also stated by the Quaid i Azam that National Language of the country would be Urdu, but state will take measures to promote other languages of the country. This was stated by the Director General NationalLan guage Promotion Department Prof. Dr. Rauf Parekh, in a one-day
conference on “Significance of Mother Tongue in a Multilingual Society” held at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on Monday.
conference was organized by the Urdu department of NUML. Director General NUML Brig Syed Nadir Ali, Keynote speaker writer/ novelist Hafeez Khan, Dean, Pro Rector Academics Prof. Dr. Safeer Awan, Dean faculty of languages Prof. Dr. Jamil Asghar Jami, HoDs, faculty members and large number of
students attended the ceremony.
Director General NUML Brig Syed Nadir Ali, in his address thanked the honourable guests and shared his own experiences of vanishing of languages inthe society. He was of the view that there must be no shame in speaking own language specially with children and this is the only way to keep alive any mother tongue.