Textbooks glorify dictatorship, discredit democracy: Rabbani

Government eyes two Airlines for better travelling facilities to commuters: Aftab

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad—Voicing concerns over the deficiencies in syllabus, Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani while chairing the session of upper house on Friday regretted that the students are still being taught the merits of dictatorship in classes. “The textbooks are enumerating twelve benefits of dictatorship and ten of democracy”, he said lamenting that an impression is being created that the military take-overs had become imperative due to the failure of democratic set ups.
Raza Rabbani said that there are some historical mistakes in our syllabus which needs to be rectified. “There is only paragraph in the books highlighting the reason of separation of East Pakistan”. The chairman emphasized the need for making constitutional history part of the curriculum. Raza Rabbani said he will talk to the Punjab chief minister as well as other provincial chief ministers to look into the matter and bring improvements in the syllabus.
On the occasion, different members also raised apprehensions over the deficiencies in the textbooks and said these should be removed for better nurturing of young generations. During question hour, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad said the government desires to have two airlines to promote competition and provide better travelling facilities to the commuters.
He said ‘Pakistan Airways’ has been registered with Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan but still its spadework is being worked out. There will be public shares in the new company in order to make it a profitable entity. According to sources, various models are under consideration to make Pak Airways operational as early as possible.
Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhary told the Senate that annually two tree plantation campaigns are conducted to enhance forest cover and make environment clean. He said paper mulberry trees are gradually being removed to free the capital territory from pollen allergy.
Tariq Fazal Chaudhary said that Peshawar Mor Interchange costing five to six billion rupees will soon be completed. He said the construction of the interchange is part of Islamabad-Rawalpindi metro bus project. He said the educational institutions in the federal capital are being upgraded and revamped under the Prime Minister’s education reforms program. Under the initiative, two hundred buses will also be given to the public sector schools.
The house also passed The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill 2015. The bill moved by Federal Minister Zahid Hamid amends the Pakistan Penal Code 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898. The house referred The National University of Sciences and Technology (Amendment) bill 2016 to the standing committee concerned for further consideration.
A detailed report of the business transacted by the Senate during the parliamentary year from March 12, 2015 to 11th March 2016 was presented in the house today.
The chair in his remarks said the report titled ‘Report to the People of Pakistan’ envisages the legislative business and resolutions passed by the upper house as well as the important issues raised by the members during the parliamentary period. The house has now been prorogued.

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