Language even called to be a binding factor among the diverse geographical area have been a bone of contention since ages. A news portrayed by a local Pakistani Urdu TV news channel Abb Takk stating Chinese had been declared an official language of the country considering it as ‘Breaking News’ has created a fuss among the Pakistani media as well as Indian media. The TV channel cited a resolution adopted by the Senate on the 19th February. Indeed! The Senate approved a resolution but it was for the ‘Official Chinese language’ to be taught who is involved with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), to reduce “communication barriers”.
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The misreporting was even picked up by Indian media who are quite hungry for any such development on the other side which could be potentially damaging for their country and it also included some media giants ANI news agency, India Today and Financial Express. The misleading news spread like a fire to such an extent that Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US retweeted Abb Takk’s false claim, and the story was circulated so widely that Pakistan’s Senate had to issue a clarification.
In a country like Pakistan which has declared Urdu its’ official language finds just 8% of its population opting it as their language and that even more of them are the urban people. What an irony! And it is needless to say that English is used for all practical purposes and is used by government ministries as well as country’s elite. The most heart-rending state is of the Punjabi language which is spoken by almost half (48%) but it has not acquired official status under the law.
The fake news which spread like a forest fire was supported by the fact that the recent affinity of Pakistan with China have been seen with minute observations with the Indian media. Whether it be a 24 hour “Dosti” (Friendship) radio channel or the country’s first-ever Chinese TV drama and the first Chinese-language weekly newspaper have triggered the spark more vehemently. But before the Pakistani policy-makers would take such a drastic step of committing such blunders, it would surely heed attention to its’ history which consisted of pre-independence cultural friction.