QUETTA - Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said that local languages and culture were not given due attention so that they could be promoted in the country.

“We love our languages and culture, and through paying attention towards promotion of languages we can revive these languages that would lead us to become a nation,” he expressed these views while addressing to an event organised to mark Sindhi Ajrak and Topi Day, at Quetta Press Club, here on Sunday.

Appreciating Sindhi people for showing great love towards their culture and language, the chief minister said that Sindh culture was very rich and old adding that many worriers tried to conquer Sindh but no one could conquer Sindhi language. He regretted that in past the local languages and culture of nationalists living in the country were not given due respect and no steps were taken for their promotion. The nationalities struggled for revival of their languages and cultures, he added.

“Our government is committed to promote languages therefore it is evolving a strategy to teach children in their local languages,” he said, adding that culture and human beings were interlinked.

Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said that everybody loved his language and culture so he himself had great love for Balochi language because he read and write easily in his native language. It was important that all languages should be given due focus and promotion, he stressed.

Provincial Minister for Information, Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal said that local languages were being suppressed through a conspiracy instead of given them due care. “Other countries are working day and night for the promotion of languages but contrary to it a single language is being given preference in our country,” he added.

He said that those who were striving to harm languages and culture of other countries were the main enemies of the country, adding that it was inevitable that steps should be taken for the promotion of languages and cultures of all other nationalities. “Those who voiced for their rights and promotion of language and culture in past were declared as traitors and enemies of the country,” he added.

Member of Provincial Assembly Yaseem Lehri felicitated Sindh people for observing this day and paid glowing tributes to Sindhi language and culture. She said that Baloch and Sindhi culture had huge similarities and both were rich cultures. She said that more than 60 per cent of population of Sindh was comprising Baloch who had great love to Sindhi soil and its language.

President Quetta Press club Raza-ur-Rehman said that print and electronic media should also play their role for the promotion of local languages. He said that all languages belonged to us and we should love these languages and beautiful cultures. On the occasion, other speakers also addressed to the event and said that Sindhi language and culture was as old as 5000 years and despite all difficulties and challenges its survived it.

Earlier, Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch who was the chief guest was presented Sindhi Topi and Ajrak while Sindhi, Balochi, Pashto and Punjabi songs were also presented by singer.