Jamali favoured speeches in various languages of the province,,Langove delivered his speech in Balochi
QUETTA: As the language conundrum boggles minds in Balochistan Assembly often, the members of provincial assembly, delivered their speeches in Balochi, Brahvi, Pashto, Sindhi, English and Urdu languages, on Tuesday during the oath-taking ceremony of assembly speaker.
Balochistan Assembly Speaker Jan Mohammad Jamali favoured speeches in various languages of the province, saying that there would be facilities regarding the translation. On the other hand, the Deputy Speaker Qudoos Bizinjo strictly opposed the speech in mother languages.
As after the selection of Speaker and Deputy Speaker when the members were delivering their speeches to congratulate the Speaker and Deputy Speaker, National Party leader Sardar Khalid Langove delivered his speech in Balochi, Deputy Speaker Qudoos Bizinjo opposed it, saying that the speech should be in Urdu whereas all others members opposed Qudoos Bizinjo saying that all the members sitting in the session understand Balochi, Bravi and Pashto.
Meanwhile, Speaker Balochistan Assembly favoured speeches speaking in mother tongues, saying that soon translators would be arranged. staff reportBalochistan Assembly: Speaker Jan Jamali and his deputy Qudoos Bizenjo take oath
Speaker Balochistan Assembly Jan Mohammad Jamali administering oath to his deputy
Following his unopposed election as speaker of the Balochistan Assembly, PML-N’s Jan Muhammad Jamali was sworn in by his predecessor Matiulah Agha on Tuesday.
Speaker Jamali, in turn, administered oath to his deputy Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo, who belongs to the PML-Q.
In his farewell speech in the assembly, the outgoing speaker expressed optimism that his successor would live up to the expectations of the house.
Jamali, who has served two consecutive terms as deputy chairman of the Senate, thanked the lawmakers for reposing trust in him.
“I would first try to make a standing committee because during the last five years, there had been no public accounts committee in the Balochistan Assembly. It is very important to have an oversight body so that public funds are not wasted,” Jamali said. He assured the house of being neutral.
Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, the leader of the house-designate, said people would keep a close eye on the actions of the provincial lawmakers. “We will have to resolve their problems. Our failure will have a negative impact.”
PML-N’s parliamentary leader Sardar Sanaullah Zehri also hoped that the new speaker would come up to the expectations of the house. “It is a positive step that Jamali has been elected unopposed,” he added.
JUI-F’s parliamentary leader Maulana Abdul Wasay, PkMAP’s parliamentary leader Nawab Ayaz Jogiza and the lone member of the Awami National Party Engineer Izmarak Khan also congratulated the new speaker.
Maulana Wasay hoped Jamali would respect the traditions of Balochistan. Nawab Jogezai assured the house that the new coalition government would ensure rule of law and good governance in the province.
The lone lawmaker of Majlis Wahdat-e-Muslemeen Agha Raza called for improving the law and order in the province. He called upon the ruling coalition to restore people’s confidence in the government.
Interestingly, in Tuesday’s sitting the lawmakers delivered speeches in different languages, including Balochi, Brahvi, Pashto, English and Urdu, which showed the ethnic diversity of the province.
Apparently, Speaker Jamali favoured the move, saying that the house would have a facility for translating speeches in other languages. But Deputy Speaker Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo opposed speeches in mother tongues.
All other lawmakers opposed Bizenjo, saying that Balochi, Brahvi and Pashto were local dialects.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2013.