The Senate has passed a resolution to allow aspirants of Central Superior Services (CSS) to take their examinations in Urdu alongside English.

The resolution, passed on Monday with majority, was moved by Jamaate Islami (JI) Senator Sirajul Haq.

In defence of his resolution, the JI chief said that Article 251 of the Constitution clearly directed to implement Urdu as the official language, however, it could not have been executed even after 45 years.


Taking the floor, State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said if the decision was implemented in haste, the drop out percentage in the exams would increase.

“Students should be given an option to attempt the exams in their preferred language,” he added while assuring the upper house of implementation.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senator Sassui Palijo, on the other hand, opposed the resolution and said English was an international language.

“Countries like China, France and Germany, who were so concerned about their languages, are also promoting English to prepare their people to compete at the international level,” she added.

Palijo further said that it would not be wise to “confine talents to Urdu language”.