Taking things out of context- the CSS edition. The internet is blowing up with outrage/praise for the recent order by the Lahore High Court that CSS exams should be in Urdu from 2018. It is completely possible in the long-run. However, there are very basic reasons as to why it won’t happen by next year. The reasons range from “Pakistan main ek saal main koi kaam ho hi na jaye” to constitutional petitions.
The judgement of High Court is being taken out of context in the news.
In accordance with Article 251 which refers to the implementation of Urdu as official language, a judgement was delivered by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja.
Extract from Article 251:
“National Language 251.
(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.”
(Feel free to give the 2003 judgement a read. There are many interesting things that only a Pakistani constitution petition could have, including an anecdote involving Baba Farid Ganj Shakar)
For Angraizi: http://www.supremecourt.gov.pk/web/page.asp?id=2023
For Urdu: http://www.supremecourt.gov.pk/web/page.asp?id=2024
In 2015, The Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the federal government to execute steps to implement Urdu as the official language.
You can see the relevant part of the judgement which is reproduced below:
(Future CSS candidates can try translating this for starters)
1) There must be a compulsory paper of practical Urdu of 50 marks.
2) There must be an elective paper of Urdu of 200 marks.
3) Urdu must be implemented for competitive exams and all papers should be in Urdu AND English.
Hence, there will merely be a compulsory paper of Urdu. So take a deep breath, sit back and relax in your wannabe angraiz bubbles.
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