Activists out again for Punjabi's inclusion in curriculum

07:32 PM | 24 Nov, 2017
Activists out again for Punjabi's inclusion in curriculum
LAHORE – Members of Punjabi Parchar and other organisations working for the promotion of most popular language in the province took out a rally in Lahore on Friday, calling upon the government to make Punjabi a compulsory subject for students of Primary to Graduation level.

The rally, which started from Press Club and culminated at the Punjab Assembly, was led by Punjabi Parchar President Ahmed Raza, famous Punjabi poet Baba Najmi, Prof Tariq Jattala, Iqbal Qaiser, Jameel Paal, Prof Farrukh Khan, Prof Ibad Nabeel, Muhammad Zahir Bhatti, Ghazala Nizam ud Din, Deep Syeda and social media activist Kashif Hussain.

Addressing the demonstrators, President Punjabi Parchar Ahmed Raza expressed that the Punjab government should take initiatives to educate Punjabi to the students of primary level which was the basic right of every child.

“The Constitution of Pakistan allows such initiative and the UNICEF also stresses imparting education in our mother tongue,” he asserted.

Quoting the example of Balochistan, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and Sindh province, Ahmed Raza maintained that Punjabi should be followed as a medium of instruction in Punjab as well.

He declared that “Punjabi language is identity of the province”, wondering why the government was hell bent to leave people illiterate while depriving them of their language.

“The citizens of Punjab need to be taught teachings of Sufi scholars otherwise Talibanisation would emerge,” he warned.

Professor Tariq Jattala affirmed that they were not against any other language and only wanted due rights for their mother tongue.

Jatala said the Constitution bounds the government to take necessary steps for the promotion of local languages but despite reminders the provincial government was reluctant to take substantive measures at school level.

Renowned Punjabi poet Baba Najmi said that acquiring education in Punjabi was the basic right of citizens and the Supreme Court had also issued directives in this regard but the government was not acting accordingly.

He also announced setting up a hunger strike camp provided the relevant officials refuse to accept the demands.

On the occasion, the demonstrators were holding placards bearing slogans like 'Saada Haq Ethy Rakh' (Give us our due Right), 'Punjab da Maan, Punjabi Zuban' (Punjabi, pride of Punjab).

Notables like Justice (r) Anwarul Haq Pannu and famous television star Rashid Mehmood also showed up to support the cause of Punjabi activists.

Different organisations which took part in the protest included Punjabi Khoj Garh, Lokai, Dil Darya Pakistan, Saanjh Mitar Tanzeem, Nizam Din Trust and Punjabi Groups LUMS college.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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