BEIJING/ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Senate approved a motion to declare Mandarin as one of the official languages of Pakistan.
With this move, Pakistan has accepted Mandarin as the fourth official language after English, Urdu and Arabic. As per the Pakistani media, this has been done to further strengthen the relations between Pakistan and China. Making Mandarin an official language is being seen as Pakistan’s attempt to ensure that people connected with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor can communicate easily.
Notably, the move comes a month after Pakistan’s central bank started accepting Chinese currency, Yuan, for bilateral trade with China. The decision was taken a day after US President Donald Trump stopped all aid to Pakistan. The move was aimed at enabling payment for imports from China in Yuan and also help Chinese companies to invest in CPEC projects in Pakistan.