Lahore – curriculum Punjab textbook Board, considering the “anti-national” and “blasphemous” materials banned a hundred school books in one day.
Managing Director of the curriculum and the Punjab textbook Board said the private TV channel, “currently, we have over 10,000 books taught in private schools, therefore, banned books can be thousands of times we did.”
MD says he took action in the Punjab curriculum and textbook Board act, 2015, which was adopted during the reign of the previous government of the province.
According to article 10 of the Law, the author is obliged to obtain the approval of the Board prior to the publication of his book. In addition, the law gives the energy shield to prevent the publication, which contains “everything that is contrary to the injunctions of Islam and not contrary to the integrity, defence and security of Pakistan or any part of Pakistan, public order or morality. Content related to Islam in Islamiyat, history, Pakistan studies, Urdu literature or book is needed the go-ahead from the MMA religious Council of Ulemas, as well as the Punjab curriculum and textbook Board before it can be included in a private school under the program.”
“The law was already there, but for the last four years nobody did anything, so when I was appointed to the Board in February, I decided to take action,” said the managing Director.
The managing Director has established 30 committees to monitor 10, 000 textbooks in private schools. He said that each Committee is headed by an expert in the subject area, whose books are studied. Books, banned until now, one math textbook had a picture of a pig even printed the wrong map of Pakistan.
“Everything I do, I do according to the law,” the MD said, “If you want to teach your child about numbers using the image of a goat or a pigeon. Why you need to show your cat?”
The Constitution of Pakistan guarantees the right to a fair trial. However, the managing Director admitted that he didn’t invite a single author or publisher whose book was banned, for a chance to be heard.
“The options in the law is very clear about what can and cannot be published”, – he said, “well, what is there to explain? I can even register a complaint with the police on a man who does not conform.”
According to the law, a person may be deprived of liberty for a term up to two years if he or she does not comply with the ban. “What did I do completely and 100 percent natural,” the managing Director insisted, “books are not to destroy us, but bad books at all.”