NA motion favours Bengali language
RAWALPINDI: The National Assembly yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution to the effect that all laws in force in the country be brought in conformity with the tenets of the Holy Quran and Sunnah.
The House also unanimously adopted another resolution, demanding the use of the Bengali language along with Urdu in ensigns, coat of arms, medals, documents, notes and signposts of the Central Government or other semi-Government institutions.
The resolution on Islamic laws, moved by Mohammad Ayub Khan of Hazara, received spirited support from all sections of the House. Over a dozen Members spoke on the resolution, underlining the need for immediate steps for referring the existing laws to the Council of Islamic Ideology, which is proposed to be set up under the new Constitution.
Minister for Industries and Natural Resources Z.A. Bhutto supported the resolution on behalf of the Treasury Benches, but pleaded for a pragmatic approach which may also help the country not to ignore the dynamics of the 20th century.
Mr Bhutto said he did not suggest that there should be any compromise on basic principles, but at the same time we should not close our doors to let good things come from other societies and countries as “we could not live aloof in the present-day world”.
The Minister stated that the Constitution already provided in the principles of law-making that no law repugnant to Islam shall be framed. — Agencies
Ayub accepts Shah’s offer of good offices
RAWALPINDI: The Shah of Iran has offered his good offices to straighten out differences between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and President Ayub has accepted the offer, an official handout said yesterday. After his three-day stay as President Ayub’s personal guest, the Shah flew back to Teheran yesterday. He was seen off by President Ayub and Cabinet Ministers. — Staff Correspondent