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Pak scholars' invite to world Urdu meet cancelled because Islamabad promoted terror: Govt

Urdu conference hall in Lodi Road, Delhi
By Our Representative
Close on the heels of former Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju strongly objecting to the cancellation of invitations to Pakistani scholars for the three-day World Urdu Conference to begin on Monday in Delhi, the Government of India organizers have come up with the explanation that this was as a consequence to "the way Pakistan has been indulging in cross-border terrorism."
To be inaugurated by Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Human Resource Development, a chief organizer, National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) vice-chairman Prof Shahid Akhtar, told media that there will be participants from Canada, Russia, France, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Denmark, Japan, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, and Mauritius, apart from 40 Urdu scholars from around the country.
"Urdu is a window to the cultural heritage of Indian ambiance of harmonious bonding between one and all", he said, adding, the subjects to be discussed would include “Urdu as a Medium of Instruction: Primary to Secondary Level”, “Urdu Education at the Research Level, ”Role of Madrasas in the Education of Urdu”, ”Urdu: Fine Arts and Infotainment”, “Socio-Cultural Status of Urdu in Different Countries”, “Mass Media and Urdu” and “Place of Urdu in the Constitution and other Systems of Law ”.
Dr Aquil Ahmed, director, NCPUL, said, said the purpose of this year’s Urdu conference is to define the problem sectors in the field of Urdu language not only within the country but also internationally as well. “Urdu makes us introspect. Urdu is a language of composite culture and joins lacerated hearts", insisted.

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