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Ni How?! Indian Media Goofs Up; Claims Pakistan Recognized Mandarin As An Official Language

Ni How?! Indian Media Goofs Up; Claims Pakistan Recognized Mandarin As An Official Language

No, Pakistan has not recognised Mandarin as an official language in the country.



Several Indian media outlets incorrectly reported on Monday that Pakistan’s Senate had recognised Mandarin as an official language in the country. The confusion stemmed from a resolution moved in the Senate of Pakistan by senator Khaleeda Parveen on February 16, 2018. The resolution recommended providing Mandarin courses for current and future Pakistani CPEC staff. CPEC stands for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. It includes areas ranging from infrastructure to information technology projects that are currently being developed in Pakistan.


Below is a screenshot of the resolution that was to be discussed on Monday from a document tilted ‘Senate Secretariat Orders Of The Day’ that BOOM was easily able to find. (Click here to view the entire link)

Here ‘courses of the Official Chinese Language should be launched’ was misinterpreted and misreported as making “Chinese” language official.




The resolution was passed on February 19 . A website named CPEC Info which provides information on CPEC  activities said the classes were a joint initiative of the Pakistan-China Institute (PCI) and the JS Group.




The misinformation began with a tweet from Pakistan’s Abb Takk; a local television channel with a verified Twitter handle. Abb Takk’s tweet incorrectly stated that (Pakistan’s) ‘Senate Approves Motion to Declare Chinese as Official Language.’

This was promptly lapped up by journalists across the border in India. Caustic comments were made about the diplomatic ties between Beijing and Islamabad.





Wires news agency ANI, wrote an entire story citing Abb Takk. ANI’s story also included a tweet by Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States, who took Abb Takk’s tweet as the final word.








Indian news organisations line News18 , Republic TV, Times Now, Zee News , IndiaTodayFinancial Express , DNA and Outlook  picked up the story based on ANI’s report.




(Correction: This story has been updated to reflect that Hussain Haqqani is a former ambassador)

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