Ulema Board’s approval made necessary before publishing Islamic content in textbooks
Islamic history, Urdu literature, and other subjects would not be published in textbooks until the Muttahida Ulema Board Punjab approves it.
The Punjab Assembly has enacted a law that no content related to Islam can be published as part of textbooks unless approved by the Muttahida Ulema Board Punjab.
The MPA Khadija Umar tabled the Textbook Board (Amendment) Bill 2020 that was unanimously passed.
According to the bill, the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board will be bound to present any profane content to the ulema board for approval.
The bill further stated that Islamic history, Urdu literature, and other subjects would not be published in textbooks until the Muttahida Ulema Board Punjab approves it.
The Speaker Punjab Assembly, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, congratulated the House on the bill’s passage, saying the law will protect Khatm-i-Nabuwwat.
“We want to protect our future generations from evil. This country has been built in the name of Islam and shall never allow desecration of the religion,” says the Speaker.
The Education Minister, Murad Raas, said the matter of banned books had occurred with the textbook board twice earlier. However, cases were registered against those responsible for publishing blasphemous material.
Raas claimed that 30 committees in his department were working to scrutinize all textbooks. The public, he said, could lodge complaints through WhatsApp, an official website, and landline numbers.
“Our department did not include reference books, which was under the purview of the law and home departments,” says the Education Minister.
The chair responded that a complete research had been performed before going for the lawmaking. As there were daily conspiracies against sacred personalities of Islam and the law would curb these incidents in the future.
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