When the state of Pakistan was set up, its constitution stated that Urdu was the national language. It was to be the symbol of unity between different regions of the new country. It was because the vitality of Urdu lies in its ability to adopt words from other languages in such a way as if they originally belonged to it.

Muslim State – Muslim Language
It has long been considered the language of the Muslims of the subcontinent, developed by combining many other languages. It became widely used in the Mughal period, but dates back as far as the era of the Sultans of Delhi. It is said that it first originated in North-West India when Persian, Turkish and Punjabi interacted with the local dialects of Delhi and the surrounding areas. At the end of thirteenth century the Muslim armies were using a common language to help people from different areas and languages to understand each other. This language eventually went through many stages of development to from what is now Urdu. It became widely spoken and understood in many different regions of the subcontinent.

Aid in Independence
In the twentieth century Urdu played a major part in the struggle for independence. The Muslim League aimed not only to defend the rights of Muslims, but also to protect the Urdu language. The British made English, the official language of the administration, but some of its educational institutions, such as Fort William College, took an interest in the Urdu language and promoted it. But after the war of Independence they lost every interest in Urdu.

Means of Brotherhood and Unity
People of Pakistan are one nation; therefore their thinking, aims and objectives are common. Their progress and prosperity depends upon their unity and brotherhood. An important factor for achieving this unity and brotherhood is Urdu.

Source of Expression
Urdu has become a source of expression, feeling, thoughts and aspiration. People of two different areas can easily understand each others ideas and thoughts by Urdu.

Means of communication and co-ordination
Urdu serves as a means of communication and is a binding force between the old four provinces of Pakistan. People living in different provinces realize that in spite of speaking different languages they are joined together by one national language which id the heritage of all.

Medium of Instruction
Urdu language is the medium of instruction in most of the educational institutions of Pakistan. History, Islamic Studies, Political Sciences and other subjects are all taught in Urdu even up to the Masters level. Lectures on Islamic education and religion are also delivered in Urdu throughout Pakistan.

Respect Your National Flag


A link because I once wrote the words that you are about to read to get them published in Young World. Merely posting it here again to relive the ownership of these words and sentences.

If you go to this link, you will see that the name there is Hina Ghaffar and not Hina Tabassum Khatri because back in my College days, I never bothered to use my middle name and my surname. Previously I wrote my name as Hina Ghaffar. A. Ghaffar being my father’s name.

Every year on Independence Day people decorate their houses with buntings and get their children plastic flags of Pakistan. I would like to request all Pakistanis to abandon this practice. These buntings will not in any way help our country. You might think that I bear no love for my country and am not a patriotic person, but it is not so. The reason I ask this favour is plain and simple: I respect my nation’s flag.

I might sound stupid but many of you must have noticed that after the dusk of 14th of August, all the buntings and all those plastic flags are found in the dustbins and on the sides of the streets along with all the dust and trash. And are trampled under feet of almost everyone.

I request all Pakistanis that if they cannot respect their flag, they can at least not disgrace it. The flag of our nation matters a lot to patriotic Pakistanis.

Hina Ghaffar