[lg policy] Report on Language Policy in Pakistan, by Faizullah Jan

Walter Hakala walterha at BUFFALO.EDU
Thu Jun 13 15:20:57 UTC 2013

*Language Policy in Pakistan, by** Faizullah Jan*

Pakistan is a multilingual and multiethnic country with six major and over
57 small languages. However, the languages of the domains of
power—government, corporate sector, media, and education etc.—are Urdu and
English (Rahman 1996). Urdu, which is spoken by just 7% of the population,
is the national language, while English is the official language. The small
languages are under tremendous pressure, some of which have become extinct,
while others are about to extinct because of the state’s favoring Urdu and
English at the expense of others…

Walter N. Hakala
Assistant Professor
Asian Studies Program <http://www.asianstudies.buffalo.edu/> and Department
of English <http://english.buffalo.edu/>
University at Buffalo
714 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Office phone: (716) 645-3419
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