14 June | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

A professor sees ‘global drive’ to eliminate Pakistan’s languages

Dr Arshid Mahmood says every language faces process of evolution; Dr Abdul Aziz Sahir says deeply-rooted language cannot be eliminated

A daylong national conference on multilingual and cultural implications of mother-tongue in context of globalization was organized by the Department of Urdu Language and Literature of the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) in Islamabad.

NUML Rector Shahid Mahmood Kayani presided over the session while Allama Iqbal Open University’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Dean Professor Dr Abdul Aziz Sahir was the chief guest and AIOU Associate Professor Dr Arshid Mahmood Nashaad was the keynote speaker of the inaugural session.

Shahid Mahmood Kayani calls a language reflection of any society

Officials said that deans, directors, heads of departments, guests, faculty members and a large number of students also attended the session. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Abdul Aziz Sahir said that the ruling elite decides the language of the region. “In the era of globalization, the international establishment wants us to think that our languages are being vanished.”

He was of the view that language cannot be eliminated if it is deeply rooted and linked with the culture and civilization of that region. He said that the power corridor decides the language of the people and he quoted the example of the Persian language before the arrival of the East India Company in the Indian subcontinent.

In his address, Dr Arshid Mahmood said that there were 70 languages, being spoken in Pakistan, according to the data available with the government. He said that it seems that the world has started a campaign to eliminate Pakistan’s beautiful languages. “Every language faces the process of evolution hence, we should promote our all regional languages and Urdu as well.”

“I believe that language is the reflection of any society,” NUML Rector Shahid Mahmood Kayani said in his concluding remarks. “We must give importance to all our languages,” he said, and hoped that this conference would pave the way forward to further promote Urdu and other regional languages. Later, he distributed shields among the guests.