“Upwardly mobile Pakistani Punjabi Muslims are a notoriously complex-ridden people who associate their mother tongue with a humble and rustic origin. As they climb the social ladder — or imagine they do — they start speaking Urdu while the Punjabi elite prefers English.
“So, there is a clear class cut-off point with regards to the language question in Punjab. Almost all Pakistani Punjabis are illiterate when it comes to their ability to read and write Punjabi, and I am one of them.”
So writes Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed, a Pakistani academician and a honorary senior fellow at Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore (NUS), in a column in Pakistan’s Daily Times.
The first part of the article entitled Punjabi as a catalyst for regional and global trade appeared on Jan 7, 2015.
FULL ARTICLE, SEE HERE.