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Pashto, Punjabi added to list of languages at holy mosques in Saudi Arabia

September 10, 2019


In this file photo, Muslim pilgrims speak to an Urdu translator in Makkah during Hajj on Aug. 17, 2018.

ISLAMABAD: In a bid to facilitate pilgrims from Pakistan, authorities at the two holy mosques in Saudi Arabia have added six new regional languages to a list for those performing Hajj and Umrah through the year, officials said on Monday.

In addition to Urdu, all lectures, speeches, and instructions will now be available in Pashto, Punjabi and Balochi as well.

The initiative, undertaken by the General Directorate of Languages and Translation at the General Presidency – which looks after the affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque – will have translators adept at the three new languages.

According to the Director General of Languages and Translation, Emad Baaqeel, the General Presidency also has sign language facilities for those with speech and hearing imparities.

“Translation of speeches and lessons are available through FM frequencies, on the website of the General Presidency, on special translations devices available within the Two Holy Mosques and at Arafa in Hajj, and applications on mobile devices,” Baqeel added.

During Hajj this year, the Kingdom had deployed hundreds of volunteers to assist non-Arab pilgrims from across the world at airports in Makkah and Madinah.

Pakistani nationals usually constitute the third largest group – after Saudis and Indonesians – to perform Hajj every year.

Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry had launched a Twitter service to address pilgrims’ basic questions in Urdu and 12 other languages.

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a genocidal fascist talking about terrorism his(and his analogues) very existence is a source of terror for 100s of millions of his fellow citizens.
 

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there is no need for this, every Pakistani speaks and understands Urdu
no, my urdu is weak.

Sindhis didn't elect a PTI regime in Sindh and Saraikis unfortunately only matter when the elections are around. I guess we have earned the punishment.
its sad to see that languages which are being spoken by majorities in Indus Delta has been left..
 

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Is it difficult for Sindhi speakers to understand urdu
Punjabi and seraiki speaker kids can easily understand Urdu but can't speak
Question is not about understanding urdu or not. Question is when there was chance to promote local languages according to their speaker numbers.

how many people speak Balochi in Pakistan and how many balochi speaking people are going to Hajj or Umraah every year?
 

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Where is my Sindhi and Saraiki?
Saraikis can perfectly understand "Punjabi" of Lahore/Gujranwala area, all the Saraikis/Hindkowan/Pothoharis I ever met in my life never had any problem "understanding" my Gujranwalian Punjabi. It is us Punjabi speakers who have difficulty understanding these weird languages but they on the other hand never have any difficulty to understand us.

there is no need for this, every Pakistani speaks and understands Urdu
Eventhough I can speak and understand Urdu like a native speaker, but I will always prefer to listen the instructions in my own language Punjabi, the written text is OK in Urdu so no need to have Punjabi text. But speaking and listening in Punjabi will always be my priority because it is my mother language and I talk to myself only in Punjabi language eventhough I know Urdu, English and German languages too. Nothing can compare to the ease of mother language which in my case is Gujranwalian Punjabi.
 
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