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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                    Murthy
                    Oct 16, 2016 at 11:13 pm
                    Having been schooled under stani system, I do not blame you for thinking that illiterate Babur and Bhaktiyar Khilji brought "civilisation" to India. Yes, we are happy with Persian designs in Architecture but you are including "culture" also. That is wrong. Mughals mostly killed their own brothers and cousins before sitting up on the gaddi. Not very cultured. Aurangzeb tortured and killed the one true Scholar among the Mughals, Dara Shikoh. His severed head was displa not far from Chandni Chowk. Dara Shikoh got all the Upanishads translated into Persian and he was a Scholar of Vedanta. Enough reasons for the Ulema to kill him.
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                      Murthy
                      Oct 16, 2016 at 11:17 pm
                      Muslims destro Babylonian, Barber (North African Morocco), yrian, Malay, Buddhist, Jeena, and Hindu cultures. They are now engaged in destroying Palmyra, Bahmian Buddhist heritage. Most valuable artifacts in Iraq, going back to the days of Hammurabi, have been destro.
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                        Murthy
                        Oct 16, 2016 at 11:47 pm
                        Punjabi may be one of our earliest 'Prakrit' languages derived from Sanskrit. It is more ancient than Baba Farid. One of my stani (Muslim) clmates (in a Western country) from Lyallpur (now called Faibad, I think) used to sing Punjabi folk songs about "Kanhaiya" - he emphasised, again and again that "Kanhaiya meant cloud"... I said "Okay"!!!! Sweet language. But then the 'wannabe' Arabs of stan are also destroying Sindhi, Balochi, Kashmiri and other languages of stan.
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                          Independent Thinker
                          Oct 17, 2016 at 12:30 am
                          I think - you have no idea of your own history. Muslim rulers were blood thirsty ignorant, illiterate fools. They did not bring anything to anywhere. They only stole other's property and ravaged the countries, they conquered. In some places their forced conversion of intelligentsia of that country to Muslim and giving a semblance of educated Muslims of that country for 2 or 3 generations. When they were gone, there is no more architect,scientist in Islam. Lot of Muslims Rulers used captured slaves from conquered country and used their writings as their court clerics' writing. I travel extensively in MENA region and I have not found any authentic Mughlai food and where I found some, they were introduced in that country in last 20-30 years. Only places where I found some Mughlai food is Central Asian Countries (Uzbekistan ,Tajikistan) closer to India and Afghanistan.- food like o (they call it Palov) which is from sanskrit word Palanya (Pala anya) and I am sure we had cultural exchange for thousands of year.
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                            Chacha Jee
                            Oct 16, 2016 at 11:52 pm
                            The most offensive writings are in muslim hate manual called qurin which describes non muslims as Kafirs .. just read Wikipedia on Kafir.. over 150 hateful references to Kafirs. Why ban a language
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                              autonomous
                              Oct 16, 2016 at 10:29 pm
                              But sadly Sanskrit is only now used as ceremony or in rituals it is still there as one of the official language of India , but it is no more a communication language.
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                                autonomous
                                Oct 16, 2016 at 10:19 pm
                                First you go through "" The Indus valley Civilisation "" and educate yourself then refer it with your spirtual belives origin ( the year). Indus valley civilisation i.e India is there before the gods of all religion .
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                                  K.
                                  Oct 16, 2016 at 11:26 pm
                                  Murthy should not even bother to clarify history to this LAFANGA ; he is LAFANGA as his name suggests ; the only culture the muslims ever brought to India is killing their own fathers to ascend the throne ; having lots of wives for their pleasure ; loot all the hindu temples of their riches ; I can go on and on LAFANGA.
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