Supreme Court reprimands Imran government for failing to make Urdu an official language

Supreme Court reprimands Imran government for failing to make Urdu an official language

The Supreme Court of Pakistan has slammed the federal government for failing to make Urdu an official language. A three-member bench headed by Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial was hearing a contempt petition filed by a court. This petition is related to the demand to make Urdu an official language. According to Pakistani newspaper Express Tribune, Justice Bandial said, "Without the mother tongue and the national language, we will lose our identity." Persian and Arabic should be learned as the heritage of ancestors.'

The Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan said that the apex court had asked in 2015 to make Urdu an official language. The federal government failed to do so. Article 251 of the Constitution mentions the mother tongue along with the regional languages. Along with this, the Acting Chief Justice has sought an answer from the Punjab government for its failure to make Punjabi an official language in the Punjab province.

"Article 251 of the Constitution mentions regional languages ​​as well as mother tongue," the Acting Chief Justice said while seeking a response from the Punjab government for failing to make Punjabi an official language in the province. Earlier in December 2015, advocate Kokab Iqbal had filed a contempt of court petition for not using Urdu. A citizen, Dr. Sami, had filed a contempt petition against the Punjab government for not making Punjabi an official language in the province. The Supreme Court, while issuing notices to the federal and Punjab governments, adjourned the hearing of the matter for a month.

According to the Tribune, earlier in June, Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a notification, had directed all official programs to be held in Urdu to give due respect to the national language and to promote the same. Apart from this, Imran had said that he is committed to promoting the national language and giving due respect.

In the interim government of Taliban in Afghanistan, new ministers, deputy ministers were increased, economic team expanded

In the interim government of Taliban in Afghanistan, new ministers, deputy ministers were increased, economic team expanded

The Taliban on Tuesday announced the names of several more ministers and deputy ministers in its interim government in Afghanistan. But despite worldwide pressure, no woman has been included in this expansion of the Taliban government. The Taliban has expanded after presenting a preliminary blueprint for its government earlier this month by announcing the names of top leaders in the top positions. It is noteworthy that the international community has said that it will look into the words and actions of the Taliban and will consider recognition of the new Afghan government after considering the treatment of women and minorities. The Taliban, in its first term, had completely banned women and girls in the country from studying, writing, working or moving in society.

Taliban expands economic team

The Taliban government of Afghanistan has strengthened the economic team. For this, a commerce minister and two deputy have been appointed. The group will seek to revive a financial system with a sudden halt to billions of dollars in foreign aid. On Tuesday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said at a news conference that Nooruddin Azizi, a businessman from Panjshir province, north of Kabul, has been named as the acting minister of commerce and industry. They will start work immediately. Ajizi is joined by the caretaker finance minister and the economic affairs minister in a team facing a difficult task. Both were announced earlier.

women may be included at a later time

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, while giving information about the cabinet expansion, said that women could be included in the government at a later time. However, he did not specify any specific time for this. The spokesman said that rules are being prepared for Afghan girls to read, write and work according to the Shariat. But no time limit has been given for when these rules will be ready. Mujahid said minorities, such as the Hazra community, have been taken care of in this cabinet expansion. Deputy ministers have been hired for technical proficiency.

Commenting on the international community's hesitation to recognize the government, the Mujahid said there was no reason to put the work on hold. It is the responsibility of the United Nations and other countries to recognize our government. Along with this, Asian, European and Islamic countries have a responsibility to establish diplomatic relations with us. The Taliban currently need international help to run their government. The condition of this country is dire after four decades of long struggle. The previous government, running with American support, was dependent on international aid. Afghanistan's economy was in dire straits before the Taliban took power last month. Now the situation is getting worse in the new regime.

Poverty has suddenly started increasing. The Taliban does not consider this situation to be very worrying. The spokesman says that most of the funding given to the previous corrupt government was used in the 20-year war against the Taliban. The spokesman said that we can run our business without foreign help. We have enough resources. According to what we have seen and understood so far, Afghanistan is not an economically unsuccessful country. We have enough revenue. If we control and store it properly then we will solve all our immediate problems. But it is not yet clear how revenue will be raised from the country, which is projecting 97 percent of the population of the United Nations to reach below the poverty line by the end of the year. The Taliban have named their cabinet as the interim government, but have not yet made it clear whether elections will be held in the country anytime soon.