100 curriculum books banned in Punjab for containing blasphemous, profane and anti-Pakistan content

On Thursday, the Managing Director (MD) of the Punjab Curriculum & Textbook Board (PCTB), Rai Manzoor Hussain Nasir, banned 100 books being taught in private schools for carrying blasphemous and anti-Pakistan content.

Rai Manzoor addressed a press conference regarding the matter and said that the PCTB had started a critical review of 10,000 curriculum books being taught at the private schools across the province. The PCTB MD has formed 30 committees for this purpose. In the first phase of the operation, 100 books by 31 publishers have been banned for profane, immoral, and anti-Pakistan content. These books include creations by Oxford and Cambridge.

According to Rai Manzoor, these books did not surface because nobody had checked what was being taught in private schools against hefty fees.

The books have been banned because they include distorted facts about Pakistan and its creation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal. Instead of containing sayings by these notable figures, the books contained words of Mahatma Gandhi. While the books portray Pakistan as an inferior country to India, they also carry blasphemous content. Counting concepts were explained using images of pigs in the book of mathematics. Rai Manzoor even said that a Cambridge book promotes crime and violence among students based on unemployment.

The PCTB MD said that these 100 books had been banned immediately. The publishers of these books have been directed to stop publishing and selling these books instantly. Rai Manzoor said:

The District Education Authorities (DEAs) across Punjab will visit private schools (after reopening of schools) to check if these books are still being taught in the institutes. FIRs would be registered against the publishers of the books for violating the provisions of the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board Act of 2015.

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