ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court was told Friday that president, prime minister, and the federal ministers in future would deliver speeches within and outside Pakistan in Urdu.

Federal Secretary Information appearing before a three-member bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, submitted a report about the steps taken for declaring Urdu as official language. He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had signed an administrative order in this regard on 6th July. According to that president, prime minister, federal ministers and the government representatives within and outside Pakistan stepwise would make speeches in Urdu in three months time.

The report filed by the secretary also says about immediate and long term planning. According to it all the organizations government or semi-government working under the federation would translate their policies, by-laws and all kinds of forms in Urdu along with English within three months. These organizations would also design their websites in Urdu within three months. It further states that in all the public places including courts, police stations, hospitals, parks, education institutions, and banks the boards would be displayed in Urdu and English for the general information of people within three months.

The passports offices, income tax office, AGPR, Auditor General of Pakistan, Wapda, Sui Gas, Election Commission of Pakistan, and driving licences issuing authorities and the utilities bills and other departments would print information in Urdu and English within three months.

All over the country the sign-boards alongside the national highways and roads would be in Urdu and English within three months.

The proceedings of all the official functions/receptions would be held stepwise in Urdu within three months.

For the promotion and implementation of Urdu the Institution for Promotion of National Language would hold centre stage to remove difficulties in the promotion Urdu in the country.

All the provinces also submitted reports. Justice Jawwad observed that Balochistan has taken steps for the promotion of six local languages, including Punjabi in the province, but the Punjab has done nothing for the promotion of Punjabi language.

He said the Balochistan government which held Local Government elections in the province and took steps for the promotion of six local languages, besides that it was considered Balochistan is biased.

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed remarked that according to the 1951 survey 97 per cent people in the country speak Punjabi, but the Punjab government has ignored it, adding if the provincial government needed any help in that regard it could take from Balochistan and Khyber Pukhtoonkhawa.

The case is adjourned till July 22.