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The National Language Promotion Department (National Language Authority) was established ‎on October 4, 1979, under Article 251 of the Constitution of Pakistan, 1973;
to remove ‎difficulties and pave the way for the adoption of Urdu; the national language, as the official ‎language of the country; and present recommendations to the government for its usage as the ‎working medium in all fields of life; and to promote cooperation among academic, research and ‎educational institutions towards this end. ‎

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's Message ‎

‎“But let me make it clear to you that the State language of Pakistan is going to be Urdu and no ‎other language. Anyone who tries to mislead you is really the enemy of Pakistan. Without one ‎State language, no nation can remain tied up solidly together and function. Look at the history ‎of other countries.”‎
‎(Dhaka, March 21, 1948)‎

The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, says:‎
‎ (1) The National language of Pakistan is Urdu, and arrangements shall be made for its being ‎used for official and other purposes within fifteen years from the commencing day. ‎
‎(2) Subject to clause (1), the English language may be used for official purposes until ‎arrangements are made for its replacement by Urdu. ‎
‎(3) Without prejudice to the status of the National language, a Provincial Assembly may by law ‎prescribe measures for the teaching, promotion and use of a provincial language in addition to ‎the national language.‎
‎(Article 251)‎


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