Punjab Textbook Board Regains Grade 7 Malala's Picture Printing Book

The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board has confiscated the Oxford University Press, the seventh grade social studies book (OUP). The publication of the Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai and Major Aziz Bhatti Shaheed on the list of notable individuals, as well as of the hero of war in 1965, was strongly criticised.

The book had images by Quaid-e - Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Liaqat Ali Khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Begum Raana - Liaquat Ali Khan, Major Aziz Bhatti Shaheed and Malalah Yousufzai. Page 33 included photos of several significant individuals.

This raised criticism and doubts about the efforts of the Government to achieve a consistent curriculum when the book entered the parents' hands.

The authorities reacted fast and captured all the books due to an outrage through social media. In Mini Market, Gulberg, PCTB, police and other bodies have carried out multiple searches and confiscated the whole stock of the book at OUP office.

The officials also displayed a letter to the press saying a No-Objection Certificate was not granted (NOC).

Dawn.com claimed that it cited an internal source saying the book has been submitted for evaluation with the PCTB, but it has not been authorised.

"This book was published by the Oxford University Press despite the lack of the NOC," he claimed.

He stated the officers of the PCTB, police and other authorities had visited his business, asked about the book and read the book confiscation orders.

The Punjab Textbook Board was actively opposed to the publication of illegally approved texts.

In last year, 100 textbooks that were judged "against" doctrine of two countries, or "unethical and unlawful," were prohibited from a textbook board.

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