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BASIC PRINCIPLES REPORT

BASIC PRINCIPLES REPORT The Basic Principles Report was the culmination of three years of effort on the part of the First Constituent Assembly of Pakistan It was published in 1950 and dealt with such issues as the role of religion in politics and governance, the role of Urdu as the country’s only national language, and the division of power between the federal government and the provinces The report was vigorously opposed by most politicians from East Bengal- Pakistan’s eastern wing, which was later to separate from the country and become Bangladesh Most political parties of East Pakistan were not prepared to accept Urdu as the only national language They demanded equal status for Bengali, arguing that the Bengali language was spoken by a majority of Pakistan’s population East Bengal was also uncomfortable with the idea of a strong center that governed provinces that had very limited power The adoption of the report led to the electoral triumph of the United Front in the provincial elections of 1954

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