PESHAWAR - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said that during the last three years the Pashto Academy of Peshawar University had a tough time and attepts were being made to close it in order to damage the Pashto language, however, we frustrated all such efforts.

The elements behind this nefarious plan were unfortunately the very Pakhtun, he added.

He said this while addressing as chief guest the inaugural ceremony in the Pashto Academy, Peshawar University, on Monday.

Vice Chancellor Peshawar University Dr. Qibla Ayaz, Chair Person Pashto Academy Dr. Salma Shaheen, and others also addressed the ceremony.

President PUTA Jamil Ahmad Chitrali, teachers and a large number of students were also present in the ceremony.

The minister, on this occasion, directed the concerned quarters to submit a written report about the needs of the academy so that a necessary action could be taken on it.

He said that Pashto was an old and complete language and all other languages being spoken in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province were like a bouquet and were equally respectable for us. He said that the government has included all mother tongues of the province as compulsory subjects from primary to higher secondary level in the province.

He said that Pashto language has now become need of the entire world community due to the prevailing situation adding that the developed countries have initiated Pashto service in their media programmes.

He stressed upon the scholars of Pashto language to make this language easy keeping in view the requirements of the present time in order to promote it.