1972 Language violence in Sindh

1972 Language violence in Sindh occurred starting on 7 July 1972 when the Sindh Assembly passed The Sindhi Teaching, Promotion and Use of Sindhi Language Bill, 1972 which established Sindhi language as the sole official language of the province resulting in language violence in Sindh.[1][2]

The proclamation of Sindhi as the official language of Sindh caused the Daily Jang, an Urdu language newspaper in Karachi, to publish a full-page story on their front page surrounded by a banner with the racist statement "Urdu ka janaza hai zara dhoom se nikle" (It is the funeral of Urdu thus should be a flaunting one) by Rais Amrohvi.[3][4] Due to the clashes, Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto compromised and announced that Urdu and Sindhi will both be official languages of Sindh. The making of Sindhi as an equal language to Urdu for official purposes frustrated the Urdu-speaking people as they did not speak the Sindhi language.

This was the first time in Pakistan that a regional language became its own official language in its own Province.

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  1. ^ "1972 riots: Was it a language issue?". Herald (Pakistan). 23 September 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  2. ^ InpaperMagazine, From (2012-10-06). "A leaf from history: Language frenzy in Sindh". dawn.com. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  3. ^ "A leaf from history: Language frenzy in Sindh". Dawn. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Urdu ka janazah hay zara dhoom se nikle". By Mosharraf Zaidi. 23 December 2006. Retrieved 14 February 2016.

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