ISLAMABAD - A contempt petition has been filed yesterday for not implementing the Supreme Court’s judgment to declare Urdu as official language.

The judgment authored by former Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja had directed the federal and provincial governments to take measures for declaring Urdu as national language in view of Article 251 of constitution.

Kokab Iqbal in his petition said three months have passed but no practical steps have been taken for the implementation. The judgment passed on 8th September had also ordered the federal and provincial secretaries to submit the compliance reports within three months. Last week the registrar Supreme Court wrote letters to the governments reminding them to implement the court orders.

The petitioner has made Minister of Law and Justice Pervez Rasheed, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Law Barrister Zafarullah, Irfan Siddiqui, secretary establishment and cabinet as respondent. He said the prime minister had constituted a three-member committee for the implementation of the judgment however the committee neither took the judgment seriously nor took steps for the implementation of the judgment. The committee has made plans on papers but took no practical steps for its implementation. He stated the President, PM and the ministers are still making speeches in English despite the judgment, while the official correspondence is still going on in English language.

The judgment said the federal as well as provincial governments should coordinate with each other for uniformity in the transcript (rasmulkhat) of the National language. It ordered that federal and provincial laws should be translated in the national languages within three months.

The judgment said that the statutory, regulatory and oversight bodies shall take steps to implement Article 251 without unnecessary delay and also ensure compliance by regulates. “In the competitive examinations at federal level the recommendations of government bodies should be considered by the government for the implementation without unnecessary delay,” it added.

The judgments in cases relating to public interest litigation and judgments enunciating a principle of law in terms of Article 189 must be translated in Urdu and should be published in line with Article 251 of the Constitution. In court cases government departments should make all reasonable efforts to submit their replies in Urdu to enable citizens to effectively enforce their legal rights, If, subsequent to this judgment, any public bodies or public officials continue to violate Article 251, citizens who suffer a tangible loss directly and foreseeably resulting from such violation shall be entitled to enforce any civil rights.