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.