Lahore - The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has advised all financial institutions, including banks, to take immediate measures for implementing Urdu as per the directions of the prime minister, said a circular.

According to Article 251 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the national language is Urdu, and arrangements shall be made to use it for official and other purposes, the circular said. As per the plan, all the forms, policies and other documents those are to be used by the general public should be both in Urdu and English. The SBP also advised banks to display bilingual signboards in premises to guide the general public.

“In terms of Article 251 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the National language of Pakistan is Urdu, and arrangements shall be made for its being used for official and other purposes. In this backdrop, the Honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan has approved an action plan as per the spirits of the constitutional requirements. The plan initially requires: To print all the forms, policies and other documents that are to be used by the general public both in Urdu and English. To display sign boards both in Urdu and English for the guidance of general public in banks premises. In the light of above, all banks/DFIs/MFBs are advised to take immediate measures to implement the above action plan to comply with the provisions of Article 251 of the Constitution of Pakistan on urgent basis.”