The Curriculum & Textbook Board of Punjab, Pakistan’s largest province by way of inhabitants and its variety of faculties, has banned round 100 books being taught in private faculties on grounds that they contained “anti Pakistan as well as blasphemous” content.
Board Managing Director Rai Manzoor Hussain Nasir advised a press convention in Lahore that these books had distorted info about Pakistan and its creation, proven Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal in a unfavourable light and additionally in some situations carried blasphemous content like utilizing pigs to clarify ideas.
Most of the banned books had been both imported or domestically printed by international publishers. Nasir said that in some books “Pakistan was portrayed as an inferior country to India while Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) was also shown as part of India in maps in some of these books.” He said that this was unacceptable and that it was a conspiracy to poison the minds of children in Pakistan.
He added “instead of including sayings of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal, etc. one of the books carried sayings of Mahatma Gandhi and some unknown people.” He famous that it was not proper to glorify Gandhi on the one hand and to downplay Pakistan’s nationwide heroes on the opposite.
In a e-book of Mathematics, counting ideas had been being defined to the younger college students displaying footage of pigs, which was unacceptable. In one other occasion, he said one of many books tried to advertise crime and violence among the many college students based mostly on unemployment within the nation.
The textbook board had began a crucial review of 10,000 books being taught by private faculties throughout the province and within the first section had banned 100 books from 31 publishers.
For this goal, it had shaped 30 committees after which 100 books had been instantly banned and the publishers had been directed to cease publishing and promoting the books.