ISLAMABAD: National Assembly’s (NA) Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, on Wednesday, rejected the bill to give regional languages the status of national languages amidst wrangling between members on both sides of the fence on this particular bill.
The discussion on the bill triggered exchange of harsh words between members who resorted to anti-Pakistan and pro-Pakistan sloganeering when the committee met under the chair of MNA Begum Nasim Akhtar Chaudhry.
The bill, moved by PML-Q MNA Marvi Memon, faced a strong resistance from a majority of the members, with one of them pointing the finger at the mover of the bill for going against the national interests.
“This bill is anti-Pakistan and we will not allow anyone to go for the passage of this bill, which is contrary to the vision of the founding father, Quaid-e-Azam, who declared Urdu as the national language,” MNA Saeed Ahmed Zafar declared in an angry tone.
The harsh words against the bill infuriated Marvi, who strongly protested the use of such a language against her by Zafar.
Declaring that she is pro-Pakistan, Marvi vowed to bring the bill again to the committee, upon which Zafar remarked that it would meet the same fate whenever it was presented in the committee. Later, Marvi left the meeting. PPP MNA from Sindh Syed Zafar Ali Shah also supported the bill and walked out from the meeting in protest against the anti-Pakistan words used for those people who wanted to give regional languages the status of national languages.
MNA Abdul Ghafoor Chaudhry, opposing the bill, said that such a move would complicate the matters, as all the official records would have to be translated in the regional languages if they are declared national languages. Chairperson of the committee Begum Nasim Akhtar Chaudhry, MNA Tariq Shabir, SA Iqbal Qadri and Shakeela Khanum Rasheed also opposed the bill. They, however, said that regional languages should be promoted in their respective provinces.
Earlier, the committee took up the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2010 put forward by Marvi pertaining to reforms in the electoral system.