The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) has confiscated a social studies textbook for seventh grade after it was published without the board’s permission.
According to reports, the PCTB, police and other agencies raided the book publisher’s offices at Oxford University Press (OUP), Money Market, Gulberg and confiscated the entire stock of the book.
Officials also showed a letter to the press stating that no NOC had been issued for the book.
The book was submitted to the PCTB for review in 2019, but was not approved for publication, Dawn said, citing insiders.
“Oxford University Press has published the book without issuing an NOC,” he said.
He said PCTB officials, police and other agencies visited his shop, inquired about the book, and read the book confiscation orders.
Note that this is the same book that criticized the publication of a picture of Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai as well as a picture of the war hero Major Aziz Bhatti Shaheed in 1965 in the list of important personalities.
Page 33 of the book had pictures of some important personalities including Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Liaquat Ali Khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan, Major Aziz Bhatti Shaheed, and Malala Yousafzai
As the book reached parents, criticism and questions arose over the government’s efforts to create a uniform curriculum.
However, it turned out that the book was never published because it failed to obtain an NOC from the textbook board and was published and distributed illegally. Steps are now being taken to seize the stock.
The Punjab Textbook Board is very active against the publication of illegal and authorized books.
Last year, the textbook board banned 100 textbooks that were considered two national ideologies or “immoral and illegal.”