The intellectuals of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have urged the Pakistan government to declare Pashto as the medium of instruction in schools.
According to a report by Dawn, poets, writers, academicians, research scholars, political workers and social activists held seminars, declamation contents, rallies, walks and book fairs across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday to mark International Mother Language Day.
At these functions, the speakers opined that "saving a dying language was tantamount to saving a generation and its death meant the extinction of a culture".
They further said that as the mother tongue is not only a symbol of identity but also reflects national aspirations, primary education needs to be imparted in the mother tongue.
They were of the view that the Pashto curriculum from 1st grade to 12th grade was already evolved but it was yet to be implemented, Dawn said.
While concluding the two-day KP languages conference in Peshawar, the speakers said, "KP is home to 23 different languages and more than a dozen are being spoken in Chiral alone. We need to save all those languages as the extinction would mean the death of a cultural diversity".
They further said that the government must pay special attention to the preservation of the mother languages for better communication among the communities.
Meanwhile, a rally was held outside Peshawar Press Club by Khpalwak Pakhtunistan Ghorzang Tehreek to demand the inclusion of Pashto in the syllabus from primary to university level.
Besides Peshawar, literary and cultural orgsations in Swat, Malakand, Buner, Swabi, Mardan, Nowshera, Charsadda, Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Karak and tribal districts orgsed events to mark the importance of mother tongue, Dawn reported.
( With inputs from ANI )
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