Recalling rich history of Saraiki language and culture, the speakers at a symposium said on Tuesday that the rights of people, their language and culture could only be protected by launching a restless struggle.

The symposium was organized by the Saraiki Area Study Centre Bahauddin Zakaria University (BZU).

Addressing the symposium, the Auditor General of Pakistan Buland Akhtar Rana said that the locals needed to develop their skills and capacity to take benefit of rich natural and human resources of South Punjab. He asked the residents of the region to take ownership of history, language and culture of Saraiki instead of shying away.

BZU Vice Chancellor Dr Khawaja Alqama said that the sons of the soils needed make noise for their rights as noise was the beauty of the democracy. “It will also force the ruling elite to pay attention to their demands and issues,” he added.

Saraiki Area Study Centre Director Dr Alamdar Hussain Bukhari said that Saraiki people were not lesser than any nation in wisdom, intelligence, hard work and honesty. He underlined need more research on Saraiki culture.

The other speakers included Dr Shaukat Malik, Dr Aijaz Ahmed, Dr Farzana Jamshid, Dr Muhammad Amin, Mrs Nasim Akhtar, Hafiz Muhammad Fiyyiaz, Muhammad Ajmal Mahar, Mian Ghulam Ahmed Jhandeer, Mian Noorul Haq Jhandeer, Jam Jamshid, Shakil Ahmed, Syed Iqbal Rizvi, Dr Mehmood Raja, Ziaul Haq Bandeshah, Dr Imran Farooq and Saraiki Department teaching faculty and students.