English is an old language and it came into the sub-continent india with the English rulers. Since then, the people of the sub-continent have been under the influence of English. It was Sir Syed Ahmad Khan who urged the Muslims to study English. His efforts in this context are praiseworthy. Under his advice, the Muslims learnt English began to compete with the Hindus in every field of life. The importance of English in the modern age can be studied under the following topics:
Importance of English in Modern Age
English is almost an international language and it spoken and read in almost every country of the world. It has linked various parts of the world and has promoted understanding among people of different countries. Its knowledge is essential for the promotion of international understanding.
Pakistan is a country where people love to speak and study in their mother tongue they like to speak Punjabi, Urdu, Sindhi, Balouchi and Pashto. English is the only language which can foster unity among the people of four provinces.
English has become a language of knowledge and learning. All our scientific and technical knowledge is present in this language. It deals with commerce and trade. All our foreign trade is done through this language. The knowledge of medicine, engineering, technology, surgery and military equipment is communicated to us in this language.
The bes in poetry, drama and other branches of literature is found in English. No other language of the world gives us standard terminology and symbols in various branches f science and technology. Knowledge of English is compulsory for getting employment at home and abroad. English has played a very important role in our struggle for independence. All the activities in this respect were carried through the medium of English.
The Doctors, Engineers, Teachers and other educated people use this language for communication of ideas. Our educated people have great love for it. The importance of Urdu language cannot be underrated, but it is still in its infancy. It cannot compete with English as regards its vocabulary and scope. We can sy that the future of English in Pakistan is quite safe.