Ejaz Alam Augustine, Punjab’s Minister for Human Rights and Minority Affairs, declared that the Punjabi language will be taught in schools.
Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex and Unique Group of Institutions jointly hosted a seminar on International Mother Language Day (21 February) at Chairing Cross, Lahore.
He regretted that Punjabis today are unwilling to speak Punjabi. “If we don’t promote our mother language, it will fade away,” the minister said.
Professor Abdul Mannan Khurram, Chairman of the Unique Group of Institutions, stated Punjabi is a lovely language that ought to be promoted.
“No one should be ashamed of speaking their home tongue,” he added.
Speaking at the conference, rights campaigner Saeeda Diep said public authorities must be proactive in protecting and promoting Punjabi. She suggested the issue should be raised in the Punjab Assembly.