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Teach Urdu first

This is with reference to the news item ‘Chinese to be introduced in the country: Firdous’ (February 5). In the same day’s paper, Ghazi Salahuddin writes in his column titled ‘Fallen between headlines’ “as many as 58 percent children in the country cannot read a sentence in Urdu or in their regional language.” I therefore request Dr Firdous Awan to first concentrate on teaching Urdu to Pakistani children.

Shakir Lakhani
Karachi
Published in The News, 7th February, 2012

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