LAHORE –Feb 21 ,The Punjabi Language Movement has called upon the Punjab government to introduce the basic education for the Punjabi children in their mother tongue just like the kidsin the rest of the world.
The PLM also staged a protest demonstration at the Lahore Press Club on Sunday against the official discrimination of the Punjabi Language.The participants of the protest were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans to end continuous official discrimination againstPunjabi language.
On the occasion, a number of other organizations including Punjabi Adbi Sangat, Khoj Garh, Khaaksaar Tehreek, Saanjh, National Youth Forum, Maan Boli Research Centre, Punjabi Sangat Pakistan, Punjabi Markaz, Sver International, Punjabi writers Forum, National Students Federation, Punjabi Union, Pakistan, Punjabi Adbi Board and Punjabi National Conference joined
Prominent Punjabi writers, intellectuals, supporters and activists including Taqriq Mahmud Jatala, Dr Dilshad Tiawana, Ghazala Alam, Kausar Tiwana and Umer Mahota also participated in the
While addressing the protesters, PLM Convener Nazeer Kahut said: The 150-year-old undeclared and unofficial ban on basic education in the mother tongue in Punjab must be abolished.He said Punjab wanted its mother tongue back, demanding stoppage of official discrimination against the mother tongue of 100 million people of Pakistan.
He further said that the constitutional, moral, legal, and democratic rights of the Punjabi people were being usurped by the establishment and the integrity of Punjab was in grave danger.
Anti Punjabi language forces within the establishment and the rulers are hampering the imple- mentation of the Punjabi as the official, academic and legal language in the Punjab, he added.
Kahut said it was the natural, legal, constitutional, democratic, moral and birth right of the Punjabi nation to speak, read and write their mother tongue as the language of its education and literature.
Talking about the proposed national language constitution amendment bill 2011, Nazeer Kahut said the bill with its highly divisive nature and controversial contents was potential threat to the very existence of the country.He further said it might push the country into an endless and large scale
ethnical and lingual conflict.
The proposed National Languages Bill either be withdrawn or re-written as it is not acceptable for Punjab in its present shape.Sindhi, Punjabi, Pushto and Balochi being the majority language of the federating units should be declared as the national languages of Pakistan, he added.
On the occasion, Kausar Tiwana said that no language could survive without the official patronage and time had come for the rulers to give its due rights to Punjabi language.
She said the Punjab based politicians, political parties and rulers not played their role to promote the Punjabi language.She further said that Punjabi was language of the Sufi saints like Baba Farid, Sultan Bahu, Khwaja Farid, Shah Hussain, Bulleh Shah, Waris Shah and Mian Muhammad akhsh who spread the word of God in this beautiful language through their poetry.
On the occasion, PLM delegations from Jhang, Sargodha, Multan, Sahiwal, Jehlum, Bahawalpur, Mianwali, Khushab, Gujarat, Faisalbad, Rawalpindi, Attock Bahawlagar, Nankana Saihb and Dera Ghazi Khan also attend the protest .
Source : The Nation:Feb 22,2011