South Asians for Human Rights

Promoting Democracy, Upholding Human Rights

The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2010 was introduced in parliament during the House proceedings of the first month. It proposes that provincial languages (Punjabi, Sindhi, Balochi, Pushto, Shina/Balti and Sarakai) along with Urdu be recognized as national languages. An opposition Party had introduced this Bill in order to give equal status to the languages spoken in all the five provinces of Pakistan.

This is a very important development in a sense that, so far the people of Pakistan were deprived of their right to culture. The objective behind introducing this Bill was to recognize one’s right of speaking his or her native or mother language. All the said provincial languages are popular and a number of movements are going on in the country demanding the grant of National status to these languages

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