Court moved against discriminatory words in textbooks

‘Baloch people are rude’

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—A petition has been moved in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking the court’s intervention for removal of discriminatory words from the Intermediate and Degree level Sociology books describing the Baloch nation as uncivilized, rude and bad-mannered.
Jahangeer Aslam Baloch who is associated with a private TV channel has challenged the use of ‘derogatory’ words against the Baloch nation and called upon the court to suspend all such books that describe the Baloch nation as uncivilized and uncouth. The petitioner through Advocate Yasir Mehmood has nominated Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), Secretary Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD) Federal Board of Education, Chief Commissioner Islamabad and Chief Commissioner Islamabad as respondents and demanded immediate withdrawal of the book from the market that is serving to promote provincialism and hatred.
Such remarks about one of the gallant nations of Pakistan are quite uncalled for, discriminatory and amount to divide various communities living in Pakistan, says the petitioner Jahangeer Aslam. The book should not only be withdrawn from the market, ban should also be imposed on its sale and purchase. On the page 112 of the Intermediate Sociology book, the Baloch nation has been described as a bunch of people who are always fighting and are bad-mannered. Later talking to this scribe, Jahangeer Aslam expressed his regret over the authorities’ ignorance of such objectionable content in the books which are being supplied to the colleges and university students.

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