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Speakers laud AIOU role for promoting Pakistani languages.

ISLAMABAD -- Speakers at a twoday international conference on Brahui Language and Literature Saturday lauded the role of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in promoting Pakistani languages.

The conference was arranged by the Brahui Academy Pakistan with support of the AIOU's Pakistani languages Department and Sughar Empowerment Society.

Senator, Nawabzada Mir Haji Lashkari Khan Raisani was the Chief Guest while ViceChancellor, AIOU Prof. Dr. Shahid Siddiqui presided over the event.

Other speakers included Dr. M. Salahuddin Mengal, Chairman Brahui Academy Pakistan, Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri, Member Federal Public Service Commission, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Khan, Director, Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations (QuaideAzam University), Sultan Ahmed Shahwani, Station Director Radio Pakistan, Khuzdar (Balochistan) and Prof. Dr. Rashid A Naeem, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, AIOU.

A large number of writers, poets, academicians and speakers from home and abroad were present.

Prof. Dr. Shahid said that there are 69 languages around the country out of which 25 to 27 were in dying condition, there is dire need to animate these languages as it is fundamental instrument to educate the people and promote the society.

"Besides holding of seminars at national and international level, academic support is required to promote Pakistani languages and today we have gathered to promote Brahui language," he added.

He said that AIOU's Pakistan Languages Department was actively engaged in promotion of Pakistani languages. The department offers courses on different languages including Brahui.

There are about 20,000 students enrolled at AIOU from Balochistan province and four students completed their M.Phil in Brahui language, he said.

Nawabzada Mir Lashkari Raisani and other speakers appreciated the vision and mission of AIOU ViceChancellor for promoting Pakistani languages particularly the dying languages and underlined the need of academic and administrative support from other organizations.

He said Brahui is one of the oldest languages but unfortunately this language has been kept in the cold storage, its need inhalation and we should work collectively at all level for its promotion.

Raisani expressed his gratitude to the ViceChancellor for excellent arrangements of holding the 2nd International Brahui Adabi Seminar at AIOU.

At the end tworesolutions presented by Lashkari Khan Raisani were passed unanimously, which appealed to UNESCO to approve the declaration of 1996 and arrange international level seminars for promotion of the dying languages.

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Date:Jan 18, 2015
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