Pakistan is outraging over a Malala photo in Class 7 book and a ‘shameful’ ODI defeat
The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) confiscated Class 7 Social Studies textbooks for printing a photograph of activist and world’s youngest Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai alongside other prominent personalities of the country.
The textbook, published by Oxford University Press (OUP), featured images of Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, national poet Allama Iqbal, social reformer Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, former PM Liaqat Ali Khan, and legendary philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi among others.
The police and officials from the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board have been conducting raids on shops across the city to confiscate copies of the book. They seized the entire stock of the book from the office of the Oxford University Press Monday and also pointed out in a letter to OUP that the book had not been issued a no-objection certificate (NOC).
A day later, the All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF), a body representing over 2,00,000 schools, launched a documentary, “I am not Malala”, to “educate the APPSF teachers and over 20 million students across Pakistan about Malala’s controversial views on marriage”.
Attacking Malala for “promotion of Western values” among the people of Pakistan, the association’s president, Kashif Mirza, said Malala had “categorically rejected the institution of marriage and suggested that ‘partnership’ is better than getting married”.
In June, British Vogue magazine quoted Malala as saying: “I still don’t understand why people have to get married. If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers, why can’t it just be a partnership?”
Following the confiscation of the textbooks earlier this week, Geo News channel hosted a debate Tuesday, asking its panelists: “Kya Malala Pakistani bachchon kay liye hero hai?”
Geo News anchor Shahzad Iqbal said, “Not only for Pakistani kids but Malala is a superhero in the whole world. Shame on those who are confiscating these copies. She bravely stood against the Taliban. Why should we not tell the stories of her bravery to our children.”
He added: “An organisation called Malala Fund is building and funding schools in Pakistan. It is unfortunate that we can’t even name these schools as it may become the next target.”
Pakistan’s ‘shameful defeat’
Pakistan Tuesday lost its third ODI against England by three wickets. The “shameful defeat” sparked a row on Twitter over the merit and selection criteria for players. Meanwhile, many applauded the “heroic game” by Babar Azam.