GUJRAT - Speakers at a seminar paid glowing tribute to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and stressed the need for promotion of all Pakistani languages including Urdu which the founding father of the nation had declared the national language of the country soon after its independence in 1947.

The seminar titled “Quaid-e-Azam and Implementation of Urdu as National Language” was organised by the Centre for Languages & Translation Studies (CeLTS) here at Hafiz Hayat Campus of the University of Gujrat (UoG) as part of celebrations marking the birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

“There are about 76 languages spoken in different parts of the country. The Quaid had foresighted the need for a language whose strong cultural and civilizational influence could strengthen unity among the multilinguistic society. However, Urdu should not be considered a threat to other Pakistani regional languages,” said Director Media Sheikh Abdul Rashid, the key speaker of the seminar.

The host of the seminar, Chairman CeLTS Dr Ghulam Ali said, “Language is the most powerful means of expression. All the languages spoken in different parts of the country are equally important. The CeLTS has been promoting Urdu and other national regional languages according to Quaid’s linguistic vision.”

He said the CeLTS project of translation of all Punjab government laws from English into Urdu is nearing completion.

A large number students and teachers from CeLTS and various other UoG departments attended the seminar.

Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ziaul Qayyum met delegates representing UoG teachers and students from different departments at a ceremony to pay tributes to founding father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The ceremony was part of activities marking the birth anniversary of the Quaid. Dr Zia advised the students to devote their energies for the country’s progress and help realize the Quaid’s dream of a strong Pakistan.