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  • Contempt plea filed against govt for not using Urdu as official language

    ISLAMABAD: A lawyer on whose petition the Supreme Court handed down a judgement requiring the federal and provincial governments to use Urdu as official language has now complained that the federal government was not implementing the apex court’s Sept 8 judgement...

    Written in Urdu language, the one-page contempt of court petition argued that Prime Minister Nawaz Shreef did constitute a committee comprising Information Minister Pervez...

  • ‘Heritage Now’ opens at Alhamra: Experts discuss role of museums, identity and language domination

    HERITAGE AND IDENTITY:In a session on Heritage and Identity, moderated by Risham Syed, Dr Tariq Rahman termed language a part of heritage which worked at various levels, saying the language of the power always locked out the language of the poor...

    Giving an example, he said Prakrit was once a widespread language in this region and Sanskrit, the language of those in power, overpowered it...

  • Pakistan registers protest against Bangladesh's 'undiplomatic language'

    The Foreign Office summoned the High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Islamabad on Thursday to register its protest against "the use of undiplomatic language" by Dhaka following a video controversy...

    "In order to register our protest on the use of undiplomatic language in a note verbale, on an incident of obscure origin, the High Commissioner of Bangladesh in Islamabad was summoned by the director general South Asia and Saarc to the...

  • ‘Language is the carrier of cultures’

    KARACHI: How can you have just development when you have a structure that is fundamentally unjust? This was the question that Dr Mwangi wa Githinji tried to find an answer to in his keynote address at a conference organised by Habib University on Saturday...

    Expanding on dispossessing history, he pointed out factors such as rewriting history, creating racial hierarchies, religious control and language...

  • Footprints: Language under stress

    The renowned poet and writer was born in Lyari but did not fall in love with the language till he started teaching Islamic Studies at the University of Balochistan...

    He wanted people to understand and appreciate this language that no one seemed to be interested in anymore...

  • Language of lines

    KARACHI: In his remarkable essay ‘Tradition and Individual Talent’ T...

    He insinuates that artists employ language that has developed over many a century...

  • Epic quest to document ‘miracle’ of Hebrew language

    Called the Historical Dictionary Project at Israel’s Academy of the Hebrew Language, it will serve as an invaluable resource for scholars, writers and linguists...

    But it will also act as an anchor for Hebrew, the ancient language revived in spoken form in the 19th century after some 1,700 years...

  • Double-edged as any language

    “IN Urdu, the only language she [Anjum’s mother] knew, all things, not just living things but all things — carpets, clothes, books, pens, musical instruments — had a gender...

    But two words do not make a language...

  • Congress speaks Pakistan’s language, alleges BJP

    The Press Trust of India quoted a spokesman for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as responding by saying the Congress spoke the language of Pakistan...

    According to PTI, the BJP hit out, saying Congress was speaking Pakistan’s “language” instead of playing the role of a constructive opposition...

  • Language debate

    The 1973 Constitution written in English, made Urdu the national language, stipulating that Urdu be the official language as well as the language of curriculum and medium of instruction in education...

    In two of the largest cities Karachi and Lahore, the dividing line is Sharea Faisal in Karachi and Shahrah-i-Quaid-i-Azam (Mall Road) in Lahore with the majority of either class residing on either side...

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