Lahore, Jun 09: Pakistan has banned social studies books in private schools in Punjab for showing Kashmir as a part of India in its maps.
The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB), a government body, has also lodged a complaint with the Lahore police for registration of a criminal case against the administration of private schools, and publishers of the books, for committing a ‘grave mistake’
All the district executive officers of Punjab, have been directed to confiscate all these books from the warehouse of the private schools.
PCTB Managing Director Abdul Qayyum issued a notification on Thursday, banning the books on social studies in private schools across Punjab with immediate effect.
“The books on social studies for Grade II, IV, V, VII and VIII have controversial contents, especially with reference to the map of Pakistan, showing Kashmir as a part of India,” the notification said.
The board also said, “No person shall, except with prior approval of the board, print, publish, sell, or prescribe, in an institution, any textbook or supplementary material.”
The notification stated that the board shall not approve “printing, publication, or sale in an institution of any textbook or supplementary material, which contains anything repugnant to the injunctions of Islam, or contrary to the integrity, defence, or security, of Pakistan or any part of Pakistan, in public order or morality.”