status of Urdu language is a reality in the multilingual society of Pakistan.
The mother language of only 7.59% of the population is the national language of
the country that provides opportunity to traditional rivals of Pakistan to
provoke ethnic crises, hiding the reality of its being the only source of country-wide
communication. The paper highlights the considerable criticism of the language
policy in Pakistan that is endangering the ‘cultural capital’ of local and
regional languages through Urdu imperialism. However, contrary to the
controversial criticism of its status, the focus of the paper is to argue that
Urdu is a natural phenomenon of the region that supports free integrity of the
nation and not an imposed one. Its origin, evolution and development as a
lingua franca is as natural as the status of English language as a lingua
franca for the world. Therefore, it suggests solutions to revive the cultural
capital through reforms in education policy in collaboration with language
policy rather than criticizing the status of Urdu as the national language,
which is the best choice, indeed, because the ubiquity of Urdu is not a myth.
Multilingualism, Urdu Imperialism, reality/myth, cultural capital