Punjab authorities seizes textbook over NOC; ‘Malala’s picture not the problem’

 Punjab authorities seizes textbook over NOC; ‘Malala’s picture not the problem’

Pictures of some important personalities had been published on page 33 of the book that included Maj Aziz Bhatti Shaheed and activist Malala Yousufzai

ISLAMABAD(LAHORE), 13 July: The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) has issued a clarification on why it has confiscated a school textbook after a social media controversy suggested that it was done for including education activist Malala Yousafzai’s picture in a list of important personalities.

The PCTB confiscated a social studies book, saying that it was published despite not being issued a no-objection certificate.

A PCTB spokesperson said the entire stock of the book was picked up from a book market in Lahore.

He said it was published by a private publisher without a NOC.

A picture of a page inside the book circulating on social media suggests that the book was confiscated for including Malala’s picture on an important personalities list.

The PCTB spokesperson, however, denied media reports saying that action against the private publisher was taken for printing a picture of Malala alongside that of 1965 war hero Maj Aziz Bhatti Shaheed in the list of important personalities.

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