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Minister for Punjab School Education issues ban on textbook containing names of Christmas, Halloween, New Years

Minister for Punjab School Education issues ban on textbook containing names of Christmas, Halloween, New Years

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Provincial Minister for Punjab School Education Murad Raas ordered M.D Punjab textbook board to ban the mathematics book series from Sunrise Publications. He says it has offensive and irreligious content mentioned in it.

A Mathematics book for children contained images of pigs as pictorial representation of problem solving exercises. Murad Raas further goes on to refer to a picture of a pig and its name being mentioned in the books. He says it is an unimportant detail. Besides the pig, he is offended about certain events that are mentioned in the books such as Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Halloween, New Year, and April’s Fool. He claims that these are just part of the western culture and pointless.

Mention of Christmas was accidental

Christian community of Pakistan has condemned the minister’s order and his statement declaring their religious festival ‘pointless’. The minister, however, clarified that the part about Christmas was added ‘accidentally’.

Publication’s punishment

He also ordered that the Sunrise Publications should refund their books that have already been sold to schools and brought back, within seven days. He maintains that the content is not culturally and religiously sensitive. In failing to do so, the publication house can be sent to jail for two years and also be banned from publishing any books for the next five years.

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