ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid yesterday said the government was committed to declare Urdu as national language.

Chairing a meeting of cabinet committee on the implementation, which was also attended by Religious Affairs Minister Sardar Muhammad Yousaf and Special Assistant to Prime Minister Irfan Siddiqui, he assured the government would remove all hurdles in this regard.

The minister said for implementation of Urdu as official language at government offices, simple and easy words should be used so that the common people can understand it easily. He called for avoiding difficult words and expressions and asked for using simple and familiar Urdu words while translating from English.

The meeting reviewed the implementation status of the immediate measures approved by the prime minister and discussed the progress on the decisions of the first meeting of the committee.

The meeting decided to invite secretaries of various ministries in the next sitting so that they could inform about the status of implementation and the problems faced by their respective ministries in this regard.

It was also decided that the committee would meet every week in future to complete its recommendations as early as possible. The next meeting of the committee would be held on November 24.