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Punjab bans 100 textbooks over ‘anti-Pakistan, anti-religious’ content

Punjab anti-Pakistan textbooks

The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board banned the sale and printing of 100 textbooks on Thursday for having anti-Pakistan and anti-Islamic content.

All those textbooks are banned in Punjab for having anti-Islamic and anti-Pakistan content and their printing and sale has been completely prohibited.

The board’s managing director, Rai Manzoor Hussain in a press conference said that such books are taught in private schools. He further told the press that more than 10,000 books have been seized from institutions and this matter will be investigated further.

There are 30 committees formed by the board in order to investigate the content of the books. All these books had been published by 31 publishers wherein Oxford University Press Pakistan is also included and now they are told to halt their publishing and sale.

It is being believed that books are banned due to anti-Islamic and blasphemous content against caliphs. Moreover, Kashmir is the bone of contention between Pakistan and India and the books presented Azad Kashmir as the part of India.

The birth dates of Allama Iqbal and Quid-e-Azam in books were misrepresented. The quotes of Mahatma Gandhi and other people contained incorrect sayings.

It means, children have been taught incorrect things at schools. This is why the committee will now again visit private schools across the province and schools will be checked if these books are still in use and in case of any violation, violators will be punished.

On Thursday, the Punjab Assembly passed the Punjab Tahaffuz-e-Bunyad-e-Islam Act, 2020. According to the bill, Lahore’s public relations director will have the power to visit and inspect any publication house, printing press, book store, and confiscate any books before or after printing.

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