Announcing the verdict on petition filed by Advocate Kokab Iqbal, pertaining to promotion and implementation of Urdu language, a three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Jawwad S Khawaja directed the government to fulfill its constitutional obligation.
“In the governance of the federation and the provinces there is hardly any necessity for the use of the colonial language which cannot be understood by the public at large.”
Even for many civil servants and public officials, who may have received education in English, this language would in most cases, not be the language most used by them, read the SC’s verdict
It went on to read that “many officials are therefore forced to spend time on attempting to initiate and take decisions in a language which they are not entirely comfortable with”.
“The time thus spent is quite wasteful because a lot of energy is dedicated to deciphering the language of the noting (which could have been easily drafted in the Urdu language) itself rather than understanding its content or substance.
“This wasteful exercise at times results in absurd and farcical outcomes which would be wholly avoided by use of the National language,” read the SC judgement.
The bench has directed both the federal and provincial governments to strictly follow the timeline presented in the court for implementation of Urdu as official language.
The judgment is also binding on the statutory and regulatory bodies of the federal as well as provincial governments.
The court ordered that copies of this Judgment be sent to all the federal as well as provincial secretaries, who are to take immediate steps for enforcement of Article 251 in line with Article 5 of the Constitution.
The court further ordered that the the concerned federal and provincial secretaries shall submit reports showing compliance with the above orders.
The first report of progress should be fixed in Court within three months.
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily