ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – The federal government has asked all public and private sector universities to use Urdu as official language in all sorts of correspondence by by September 15, said a circular by Higher Education Commission (HEC).

The universities have been asked to translate all of their rules, admission forms and other significant contents into Urdu in a circular that itself was written in Urdu language.

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According to instructions the universities will also translate all of the matter available on their websites into Urdu. “As per Article 251 of the Constitution of Pakistan, Urdu is the national language of Pakistan, and government is responsible to make arrangements for it being used for official and other purposes. Upon instructions of Supreme Court of Pakistan, the prime minister of Pakistan has approved a framework to translate of the key contents of government into Urdu in three months. Hence the recipients are also  directed to take appropriate steps for the implementation of the framework,” it read.