The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) confiscated an Oxford University Press (OUP) social studies book for grade 7 on Monday for including Malala Yousufzai’s picture alongside that of 1965 war hero Maj Aziz Bhatti Shaheed in a list of significant personalities, Dawn News has reported.
Malala’s picture was published on page 33 of the book among other personalities, which includes, Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, national poet Allama Iqbal, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Liaqat Ali Khan, legendary philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, Begum Raana Liaquat Ali Khan, Nishan-e-Haider recipient Major Aziz Bhatti Shaheed.
The book has already been distributed in various educational institutes across Pakistan.
As per Dawn News’ sources, police and other agencies were conducting raids on shops across the city late at night to confiscate copies of the book for publishing Malala’s picture besides that of Aziz Bhatti.
A team of officials conducted a raid at OUP office located in Gulberg, Lahore, and confiscated the entire stock of the book that had Malala’s picture in it, giving the reason that the book had not been issued a No-Objection Certificate (NOC).
One of the publishers, while talking to Dawn, said, “The Oxford University Press has published the book despite not being issued the NOC.”
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