From The Past Pages Of Dawn: 1948: Seventy-five years ago: State language issue.

DACCA -- Addressing the annual convocation of the Dacca University, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah again clarified the position regarding the state language of Pakistan. He said that so far as the provincial language was concerned the people could choose any language they desired to adopt. But there could be only one lingua franca, language of intercommunication for the whole of Pakistan. That language should be Urdu and could not be any other language.

Referring to the demand recently made in certain interested quarters that Bengali should be a state language along with Urdu, the Quaid-i-Azam said ...Urdu was the language ... which was nearer to...

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