The provincial assembly on Tuesday unanimously adopted a bill with regard to the spelling of Sindh, ensuring that in all documents in which ‘Sind’ is used an ‘h’ will be added to make it ‘Sindh’.
Previously the province was referred to as ‘Sindh’ under a mere notification issued after the passage of the 18th amendment to the constitution.
The Sindh Assembly adopted the private bill — The Sindh Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2012 — tabled by Arif Mustafa Jatoi of the National People’s Party.
The bill was supported by Syed Sardar Ahmad of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement who recalled that earlier the Pakistan People’s Party government had modified the spelling through a notification. He added that now the spelling of the province’s name — from Sind to Sindh — was being changed through a bill.
Mr Jatoi said when the 1973 constitution was passed, the spelling of Sindh was different, but after the 18th amendment spellings were modified in three provinces — Sind is now Sindh; Baluchistan is Balochistan and the NWFP is Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Earlier, Law Minister Ayaz Soomro informed the house that the government had no objection to the bill’s adoption.