LAHORE  - Nazaria Pakistan Trust Vice President Dr Rafique Ahmad observed that the Quaid-e-Azam had categorically stated the state language for Pakistan would be Urdu, and up until the Ayub regime, the state proceedings were conducted in Urdu.

He was addressing "Nifaaz-i-Urdu Conference" which was held at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i- Tehreek-i-Pakistan under the aegis of the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust in collaboration with 'Pakistan Qaumi Zubaan Tehreek'.

The speakers included Gen (r) Hameed Gull, Oriya Maqbool Jan, Dr Waseem Akhtar, Ejaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Dr Shareef Nizami, Absar Abdul Ali, Dr Ajmal Niazi, Dr Mukhtaar Azmi, Shahid Rasheed, Abdul Rehman Makki, Dr Mujahid Mansoori, Col (r) ZI Farrukh, and Hannan Abbasi. The proceedings of the event were conducted by Aziz Zafar Azad.

Dr Rafique said that the objective of the 'Pakistan Qaumi Zubaan Tehreek' is in complete harmony with that of the Nazaria-i- Pakistan Trust which sees the enforcement of Urdu as a source of stability, unity and solidarity. As a medium of instruction, it can stop the fragmentation of our society and bolster love and affinity throughout the nation, he added. Fortunately, we have an ideal constitution, the implementation of which can do away with all our problems. Urdu, he said, must be enforced forthwith in judiciary, legislative and executive, which would facilitate the communication between these institutions and the members of the public.

Hameed Gull (former ISI DG) said that Urdu was one of the greatest languages being spoken in the world. He said it was need of the state to own its national language. He said that much focus was made on English that remained useless.

PTI Punjab President Ejaz Ahmad Ch said that Urdu deserved its position as the father of the nation Quaid-i-Azam had said. Orya Maqbool Jan said that the entire history would fail to present an example that a single nation had made progress adopting others languagages. The need, he said, was to convert the new nation to national language.

Dr Waseem Akhtar said that English language gained unconstitutional position in this country that was damaging. Dr Mujahid Mansoori said that Urdu was the best language for mass communication. He said that Islam, Two Nation theory and Urdu were the factors that made creation of Pakistan a fact.  

The other speakers also enumerated the benefits and advantages that the enforcement of the Urdu language in all the departments of life could bring. It would ward off the danger of provincialism.

'It would make the communication of ideas, among the masses easy and thereby bring about much needed national solidarity, they added.

They further said using English as a medium of instruction necessitates learning by rote, keeping the young ones deprived of the access to the true spirit of knowledge. Urdu was the language that disseminated the massages of Allama Iqbal and the Quaid-i- Azam among the Muslims of the sub-continent, inspiring them to rise for independence and filling their hearts with hope, enthusiasm and ambition, they added. Urdu was nurtured by millions of the Indian Muslims.

“No nation with a foreign language as the medium of instruction has ever been able to register any progress since the dawn of civilization,” they observed. A resolution, 'demanding the enforcement of Urdu in all the departments of life was also carried at the conclusion of the event.