(MENAFN – Tribal News Network) PESHAWAR: Gaba Publishers, who have published controversial subjects about Buners in English curriculum books, have now signed an agreement with a lawyer who has sent legal notice on the matter.
The publication of the word ‘fool’ for the Buner people in curriculum books published by Gaba Publishers, a publishing company based in Karachi, drew sharp criticism and protests from Pakhtun in Karachi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially in Buner.
Qadir Khan, a lawyer based in Karachi who originally came from Buner, and Aziz Buneri, Finance Secretary of the Peshawar Press Club, had sent a legal notice to Gaba Publishers where it was stated that the controversial topic in the publisher’s English book had damaged sentiment from Buneris. It said publishers must immediately stop selling books and also lift books from the market. Qadir Khan said the legal proceedings against Gaba Issuer would begin if it failed to respond to legal notices within a week. Some people from Peshawar also sent legal notices to the Gaba Publisher.
On Wednesday, Gaba Publisher owner Muhammad Rashid, Muhammad Arif and lawyer Qadir Khan reached an agreement in Jirga in Karachi mediated by JUI-F Finance Secretary Maulana Muhammad Ghayas and ANP Secretary General Sindh Younis Buneri.
Under the agreement, the publisher will remove the ‘Seven Foolish Men’ story from a fifth grade English book. The publisher said during Jirga that he had removed the controversial subject and would now lift all copies of the book from the market. The publisher also received another demand from the lawyer that he would write a positive subject about Buneris which would be included in the book replacing the negative subject. Under the agreement, the Gaba Publisher will also issue an apology from the Buners in the Urdu and British newspapers published in Karachi and Peshawar.
Controversial subjects are being taught for several years in private schools. This issue caught the attention of someone who shared it on social media and immediately turned into a movement.
Another applicant, Aziz Buneri said when speaking with TNN that he was satisfied with the agreement and now students would read about Buner’s history instead of degrading subjects. He said this was a good development that the publisher had realized his mistake.