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Adviser to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui has said that concrete measures are being taken for adoption of Urdu as official language.

Speaking at dialogue on National Language in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said under instructions of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a phased programme has been launched for the purpose.

He said about one hundred thousand pages of different documents have been rendered into Urdu from English besides availability of fifty books of National Language Promotion Department.

Irfan Siddiqui said eight awards have been instituted annually for encouraging regional languages.

Prominent writers and intellectuals including Prof. Fateh Muhammad Malik, Iftikhar Arif and Masood Mufti also spoke on the occasion.


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