Pakistan school chain bans Punjabi language; terms it ‘foul’

The notice explains the definition of 'foul language' as, "Foul language includes taunts, abuses, Punjabi and the hate speech".

By: PTI | Lahore | Published:October 16, 2016 6:44 pm
pakistan school punjabi, punjabi pakistan, pakistan school language, pakistan, punjabi, school, news, latest news, world news, Pakistan news, international news The Beaconhouse School System (BSS) has recently issued a notification to parents, declaring Punjabi a ‘foul language’ for the children as well as parents. (Google Maps)

A group of private schools in Pakistan owned by former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri has banned Punjabi within and outside the campus after terming it a “foul language”, drawing flak from millions of people. The Beaconhouse School System (BSS) has recently issued a notification to parents, declaring Punjabi a ‘foul language’ for the children as well as parents.

“Foul language is not allowed within and outside the school premises, in the morning, during the school hours, and after home time,” the fifth point of the notification reads. The notice explains the definition of ‘foul language’ as, “Foul language includes taunts, abuses, Punjabi and the hate speech”.

A number of parents, prominent Punjabi language activists and literary organisations have demanded the school administration to immediately withdraw the notification and tender apology to those having Punjabi their mother language. Punjabi scholar and columnist Mushtaq Soofi said he had seen the notification on social media and found it “disgracing to millions of Punjabis who are living in Pakistan and Indian Punjab and also the Punjabi diaspora living across the globe.”

Professor Dr Saeed Bhutta of the Punjab University’s Oriental College said, “The Punjabi language has an age-old history starting off from Baba Farid to Khwaja Farid. The school administration’s step is a disgrace and ignorance of a certain class towards Punjabi heritage”.

“Speaking the mother language is a guaranteed constitutional right. The 1973 Constitution allows the federating units to impart formal primary learning in mother tongue,” Bhutta said. Some parents said the government should take notice of ‘demeaning a language which has been used by the saints over the last many centuries’.

“This means that our children should not speak to their grandparents only because their language is Punjabi,” says Haleema whose daughter is studying in Grade-II in Beacon House School in Lahore. Owned by Kasuri, BSS is a group of private academic institutions located in 30 cities in Pakistan.

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    MyTake
    Oct 16, 2016 at 9:14 pm
    Have you heard of Sanskrit as language? What do you know of it? Which other language has at least few % of treasure that Sanskrit has? Even today?
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    MyTake
    Oct 16, 2016 at 9:11 pm
    Only after coming to India they became little bit civilised. Some of their descendants still seem to be basking in their marauder past glory! If they are so cultured why there is no Taj Mahal in the land where they came from? Instead they had and still have the culture of Talaq and four wives, what to talk of having one wife and having a Taj Mahal on it!
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      ambrosial crap
      Oct 16, 2016 at 4:19 pm
      this simply shows how proud and self-confident these stanis are !!
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        PooP PaPoO
        Oct 17, 2016 at 3:30 am
        Bollywood Industry is financed by DAWOOD via these so called ARTISTS. They help launder money for INDIAN PRODUCER via DUBAI . From there to FIANCE ISI AND TERRORIST Some of these ARTISTS were caught on WAGH border with huge amount of Foreign Currency . They were let go by then KhanGress ScamGres. Add Sharukh ,SALMAN , Mahesh Bhat
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          Harry
          Oct 18, 2016 at 12:09 am
          LOL. Mughals were fake. They were not Mogols, but descendent of Tamerlane, worst sample of human being. Only culture they had was building pyramid of human heads.
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            Harry
            Oct 18, 2016 at 12:03 am
            it is up to Punjabi Muslims to throw off they Mojahir Urdu yoke and send Mojaahirs ng. Urdu speakers are problem wherever they are be it india, Bangladesh, Sindh, Pakhtoonwa, Baluchistan or even Western Punjab.
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              PS Azurite
              Oct 16, 2016 at 5:09 pm
              Iran's Persian culture was fully damaged by Muslim invaders. So like every country Muslim invaders do their job systematically except they failed in India
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                lafanga
                Oct 16, 2016 at 8:14 pm
                Muslim rulers brought to India architect (Taj Mahal), Mughlai food, language, poetry and culture that was unknown to India before then. Learn your history.
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