Sukhbir Badal demands inclusion of Punjabi in J&K official languages list

File photo of Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal

The Fact News Service

Chandigarh, September 16

Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday demanded that Punjabi should be included in the Jammu and Kashmir official languages list. As per the reports, Sukhbir accused the government of “deleting” Punjabi from the list of official languages of Jammu and Kashmir.

In the parliamentary session, Bada said, “Farooq Abdullah will confirm that Punjabi used to be an official language of Jammu and Kashmir.” Further, he said that Farooq also speaks excellent Punjabi.

According to the reports, Farooq also supported Badal and said that Punjabi was spoken by many in Jammu and Kashmir. He has urged the government to add Pahadi and Gujari as official languages in the Union Territory.

Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari had also raised the same issue a day earlier. He reportedly said that discrimination against Punjabi should be stopped and the language should be included as the official language. The Union Cabinet has recently approved a bill under which Kashmiri, Dogri and Hindi, apart from the Urdu and English, would be the official languages in Jammu and Kashmir.