KARACHI: Day of Mother Tongues on Monday, according to a press release issued by the SUP.
Language experts and other scholars, as well as eminent literati, lawyers and civil society leaders, spoke to the participants and discussed ways to promote Sindhi language at international, national and provincial levels, it said.
The main event was held in Sachal Library, Sachal Goth, in Karachi where Syed Zain Shah, Aijaz Sameto, Agha Qamar, Khwaja Naveed, Ghulam Shah, Asghar Baghi, Bedil Masroor, Taj Joyo and others highlighted the importance of Sindhi.
They accused the federal and Sindh governments of intentionally eliminating Sindhi language from this province.
Zain Shah pointed out that signboards, plaques and others such things in Sindhi language were being removed from government buildings and offices, highways and roads, as well as other public places which showed that the language was being eliminated in an organised manner jointly by the federal and Sindh governments.
He said that Sindhi was a language spoken in this region for centuries and had been spoken and written in different civilisations. “Still it is the mother tongue of around 25 million people,” he said, adding that the rulers of Pakistan would have to grant it the status of a national language. He described denial of this status to Sindhi after creation of Pakistan as the biggest loss suffered by the Sindhi nation. “Pakistan is a multination and multilingual part of this region,” he said, and stressed that every major language spoken in the country should have the status of a national language. This would ensure stability and strength of the country, he said.
The SUP statement said that the events to mark the international day were organised by the party in all big and small cities including Hyderabad, Larkana, Jamshoro, Sehwan, Jacobabad, Nawabshah, Sukkur, Ghotki, Gambat, Shikarpur and Kandhkot.