Rana Bhagwandas first Hindu Chief Justice of Pakistan passes away

First Hindu Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Rana Bhagwandas passed away in Karachi, Pakistan. He was 72 year old.

He was the first Hindu and the second non-Muslim to head of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. First non-Muslim CJP was Alvin Robert Cornelius (He was Christian).

About Rana Bhagwandas

  • Bhagwandas was born on 20 December 1942 in Naseerabad, Larkana district (now in Qamber Shahdadkot district of Sindh province).
  • He was considered an expert on constitutional law and had a postgraduate degree in Islamic Studies.
  • In 1967, two years after he started practicing as an advocate he was appointed as a judge. In 1994, he was appointed as a judge of the Sindh High Court.
  • In 2005 for first time he was appointed as acting Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) for few days and again in 2006 during the absence of then CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry.
  • During the Pakistan’s judicial crisis of 2007, he was again appointed as acting Chief Justice.
  • After his retirement from Supreme Court, he was appointed as the chairman of Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) of Pakistan. In 2009, as chairman FPSC, he had headed the interview panel for the selection of Pakistan’s Civil Servants.

International Mother Language Day is being observed across the world on 21 February

International Mother Language Day (Bhasha Divas) is observed across the world, on 21 February every year.

2015 Theme: “Inclusion in and through education: Language counts”.  The year 2015 is the 15th anniversary of International Mother Language Day.

Objective: To promote awareness of linguistic, multilingualism and cultural diversity.

About International Mother Language Day

  • The Day  is  observed  yearly  by  UNESCO  member  states  and  at its headquarters to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
  • On 16 May 2007, by resolution 61/266, the General Assembly proclaimed 2008 as the  International  Year  of  Languages,  to  promote  unity  in diversity and international understanding, through multilingualism and multiculturalism.

Importance of International Mother Language Day: It is the greatest weapon to express one’s feeling. Mother Language of one country is the sign of independence of that country.

About Bangla  Language Movement

  • The day assumes special significance in Bangladesh where scores of people, mostly students and teachers of the Dhaka University, were mercilessly shot down by the Pakistani army in 1952 in erstwhile East Pakistan.
  • This day is  commemorated  in  Bangladesh  since  1952  where  a  number  of Dhaka university  student activists  were  killed  by  the  Pakistani  police  and  army  during  the Bangla  Language Movement.
  • The activists had protested against imposition of Urdu as the national language side-stepping Bengali – their mother tongue.
  • But the incident calls for celebration too as the protest sowed the seeds of home-grown nationalism that ultimately led to the creation of Bangladesh from the ashes of the Liberation War in 1971.

China opens largest embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan

China has opened new embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. It is the largest overseas diplomatic mission of China.

An opening ceremony of this embassy was held on 13 February 2015, during China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi ‘s three day visit to Pakistan. During the opening ceremony Wang Yi has described its largest overseas embassy as a symbol of friendship between China and Pakistan.

However, China has not disclosed the details of the new embassy.

The opening of China’s largest Islamabad based embassy came after China and Pakistan deepen their all weather relations by constructing the multi-billion Economic Corridor through the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) region.

Economic Corridor through PoK, is part of the China’s ambititous Silk Road projects which is proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping. This Corridor aims to connect China’s Xinjiang province with Pakistan’s Gwadar Port located in Balochistan.

At present, China maintains large diplomatic missions abroad, including in Washington, New York and New Delhi. Its mission in New Delhi has over 300 personnel.