JAKARTA: President Mamnoon Hussain delivered his speech in Urdu at the fifth Extraordinary Meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) here Monday, making it first-ever for a Pakistani leader to address the world’s largest Muslim forum, in national language.
The OIC had made special arrangements for the multi-lingual translation of President’s speech mainly in English, Arabic and Indonesian languages, for the auditory consumption of the leaders from 49 countries attending the Summit.
This was the second time President Mamnoon delivered his speech in Urdu at an international forum. Earlier, he had addressed the Internet Conference held in China’s Wuzhen city last December.
The President’s speeches in Urdu is a step towards making the language an entity of national pride and is also reflective of the country’s enhanced stature at global forums.