The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) has seized the social research e-book for grade seven printed by the Oxford College Press (OUP). The e-book had attracted extreme criticism for publishing the image of Nobel Laureate Malala Yousufzai alongside that of 1965 struggle hero Main Aziz Bhatti Shaheed within the checklist of vital personalities.
Web page 33 of the e-book contained photos of some vital personalities together with Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Liaqat Ali Khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Begum Raana Liaquat Ali Khan, Main Aziz Bhatti Shaheed, and Malala Yousufzai.
This triggered criticism and questions on the federal government’s efforts for a uniform syllabus as quickly because the e-book reached the arms of oldsters.
An uproar on social media led the federal government to react shortly and seize all books. PCTB, Police, and different companies have performed a number of raids on the OUP workplace in Mini Market, Gulberg, and confiscated the whole inventory of the e-book.
The officers additionally confirmed a letter to the press, stating that the e-book had not been issued a No-Objection Certificates (NOC).
Daybreak.com reported quoting an inside supply that the e-book was submitted with the PCTB for evaluate, nonetheless, it was not authorised for publishing.
“The Oxford College Press has printed the e-book regardless of not being issued the NOC,” he mentioned.
He mentioned the PCTB officers, police, and different companies had visited his store, inquired in regards to the e-book, and skim out the orders in regards to the confiscation of the e-book.
The Punjab Textbook Board has been fairly energetic towards the publication of unlawful and licensed books.
Final 12 months, the textbook board had banned 100 textbooks it deemed “towards” the two-nation concept, or “unethical and unlawful.”