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CURRENT STATE OF FEDERALISM AND DEMOCRACY IN PAKISTAN
Report by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
On Friday, March 20, 2009, the World Sindhi Institute (WSI) organized an international seminar on the topic of “Federalism and Democracy – Pakistan’s Experience and Challenges” at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC… The very well-known expert on Pakistan affairs, Mr. Stephen Cohen (Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution) attended the seminar and made brief comments.
A report of this meeting based on the notes that I took at the meeting is shared with you below and I hope you would find it worthy of inclusion in Indus Asia Online Journal.
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Sindhi be made national language of Pakistan besides Punjabi, Siraiki, Pushto & Balochi
by Manzoor Chandio, Karachi, Sindh
1-Sindhi along with Seraiki, Punjabi, Balochi and Pushto should be declared a national language of Pakistan. (The present national language of Pakistan is the Mother tongue of only 7% population of the Pakistanis)
2-All national identity cards and passports in Sindh should be issued in Sindhi.
3-Coins and banknotes of various denominations should be published in Sindhi along with other national languages.
4-All signboards and milestones of Pakistan Railways and National Highway Authority in Sindh should be written in Sindhi. (The Civil Aviation Authority should display welcoming banners in Sindhi at all airports in Sindh. The PIA should make arrival and departure announcements in Sindhi as thousands of Sindhis are using the airline daily.
5-All federal bodies in Sindh and all departments of the Sindh government should use Sindhi for official communication. (Ministers should display their name plates in Sindhi)
6-Sindhi members of the Sindh Assembly should make speeches and table bills in Sindhi. The finance minister should make his budget speech in Sindhi. (It seems Sindhi lawmakers are the worst victims of the linguistic chauvinism. One visit to the Sindh Assembly shows how Sindhi legislators are talking in as they were members of Utter Pradesh Assembly.
7-All closed Sindhi-medium schools and colleges in Karachi, Sindh should be reopened.
8-All court proceedings right from civil to high courts should be held in Sindhi. Records should also be maintained in Sindhi.
9-All national and multinational companies, including those of pharmaceutical manufactures, should be asked to produce literature in Sindhi. Otherwise, their products should be boycotted.
10-Elite Sindhis should be asked to talk to their children in Sindhi.
19 Feb. 2009.