Across the Border, Judicial Probe Ordered into Textbook ‘Blunder’ over Kashmir



On the other side of Indian border, Punjab Chief Minister himself chaired a ‘half-an-hour’ meeting (which extended to two hours) over alleged misrepresentation of Kashmir in a Textbook map.

As reported by Dawn in its Monday edition, Shahbaz Sharif ordered a judicial probe to “fix those responsible for the mistake”. “It is tantamount to a heinous crime,” the chief minister said.

The “controversy” started when the back cover of an 8th standard Geography book declared this part of Kashmir as “Disputed”. Further, the map showed Seraikistan and Hazara as new provinces which, report said “irritated” the CM who is also brother of Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharief.

“The blunder”, the Dawn reported, “was reported to the Curriculum and Textbook Board in the first week of June.”

“The personal assistant to the chairman (retired Lt Gen Akram Khan) instead of forwarding the letter to his boss dispatched it to the director humanities, who allegedly took it casually as the books with misprinted maps had already been distributed among many private schools students,” it further said.

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