The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (Amendment) Bill 2020 has been unanimously passed by the provincial legislative assembly. A group of Ulema have approved the recommendations on publication of any religious content in the textbooks.
Muttahida Ulema Board, Punjab will screen any textbook or part of the curriculum which includes part of Islam, such as, Islamiyat, Islamic History, Pakistan Studies, Urdu, or any other book, according to the bill. The board will give an approval before any Islamic content is published as per the new legislation.
As of now, the board of Ulema is mandated to suggest a ban on any book or part of the curriculum that has objectionable content. Now the amendment allows the Ulema to give prior approval.
The bill placed by the PML-Q MPA lawmaker Khadia Umar was unanimously adopted.
Speaker Punjab Assembly, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi on this occasion said that the provincial government has put an end to the practice of spreading wrong messages in the name of Islam via different tactics in children’s’ books.
“We wanted to protect the coming generations. This country came into existence in the name of Islam and we cannot compromise on controversial content.”