ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the government to submit reasons regarding delay in declaring Urdu as an official language.
The three-member headed by justice Jawwad S. Khawaja comprising Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed and Justice Mushir Alam resumed hearing of a petition filed by Kowkab Iqbal Advocate under Article 184 of the Constitution for declaration of Urdu as an official language.
During the course of proceedings, the petitioner told the bench that the society was devided over the issue. Children of the poor got education in Urdu in ordinary schools while those of the rich were taught Oxford syllabus.
Justice Khawaja asked that who would implement Article 251 in its true spirit which stated that arrangements should be made for use of Urdu for official and other purposes within 15 years of the approval of 1973 Constitution.
He observed that according to the Constitution it was mandatory to declare Urdu as national and official language till 1988, but after lapse 27 more years no step had been taken in that regard.
Deputy Attorney General Abdul Rasheed Awan told the court that the government had established an institution which is working to declare Urdu as official language.
On this Justice Jawwad remarked that establishment of an institution for the purpose was not mentioned in the Constitution. The court, he said, could take action against the government if it failed to implement the Constitution in its true spirit.
The court directed the federation’s counsel to ensure submission of reply conatining reasons for delay and adjourned the hearing.