Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Maryam Aurangzeb says language is an effective enabler to unite different cultures.
She was addressing a four-day international training workshop on “Language Documentation” at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in Islamabad on Monday.
The Minister for Information lauded AIOU for taking step to preserve and highlighting the importance of languages.
Maryam Aurangzaib apprised that Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif is fluent in six languages and he understands the importance of language very well.
She regretted that twenty-six languages out of eighty languages spoken in Pakistan are at the verge of extinction.
She said this workshop will open a chapter which will help to highlight the connectivity between culture and language.
She said language plays an important role providing identity to societies. She said documentation of a language is actually documentation of cultures, history, heritage and national identity. She said this should also be integrated in school, colleges and universities.
She assured that government will support AIOU to form a linguistic management system to protect and promote languages of the countries.
The Minister announced that Radio Pakistan and PTV will broadcast programs promoting importance of language. She offered that Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is ready to provide all its platforms including digital ones.