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GBLA refers resolution on regional languages to committee

GILGIT: The GilgitBaltistan Legislative Assembly has referred a resolution about inclusion of local languages in the syllabus of educational institutions to education committee.

The resolution was tabled by woman lawmaker Rehana Ibadi during session of the assembly held here on Thursday with Speaker Fida Mohammad Nashaad in the chair.

The resolution said like Sindhi in Sindh, Punjabi in Punjab, Pashto in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Blochi in Blochistan, the regional languages of Gilgit-Baltistan should be also included in syllabus.

Deputy Speaker Jaffarullah Khan said that it would be difficult to enforce the resolution as eight different languages were spoken in Gilgit-Baltistan. `If we include one or two languages in the syllabus, the people speaking other languages will protest. We will have to prepare different syllabus for each constituency,` he added.

Sikandar Ali Khan said that Urdu was their national language while Shina was largest spoken language in Galgit-Baltistan. He said that Balti was second and Brushaski was third largest language of the region.

`Three largest languages of the region should be included in the syllabus,` he suggested.

Nawaz Naji said that regional languages could be ignored. `The local languages and culture were in danger owing to lack patronage,` he added.

Barkat Jamil said that of ficials of education department could tell them about possibility of including local languages in the syllabus.

He said that the resolution should be discussed by the education committee of the assembly.

Speaker Fida Nashaad appreciated the woman lawmaker for tabling the resolution. Terming the resolution as important one, he said that it should have been tabled any male lawmaker.

Education Minister Ibrahim Sanai said that the syllabus was a regional subject after passage of 18th Amendment. He said that education department was already planning to include regional languages in the syllabus. A detailed report would be presented to the assembly in that regard, he added.Correspondent