PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court has ordered the Textbook Board Peshawar to make correction in the Islamic Studies book of ninth grade book.

A two-member bench of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) comprising Justice Qaiser Rashid and Justice Abdul Shakoor heard the case pertaining to a correction in the Islamyat book in which ‘Loot Maar’ (loot) has been written instead of ‘Maal-e-Ghanimat’.

A petition was filed in the court that Maal-e-Ghanimat was wrongly written as Loot Maar material in the fourth and ninth grade books of Islamic Studies. The petitioner argued that terming Maal-e-Ghanimat as material of loot is against the Constitution of Pakistan religious teachings. The petitioner prayed that printing of the fourth and ninth grade books of Islamic Studies must be stopped immediately and corrected version must be printed.

Justice Qaiser Rashid expressed anger over those responsible for printing of textbooks and order stoppage of printing of books with wrong interpretation. The court order that all the books with wrong interpretation must be stopped immediately and stock of such books must be removed from the market.

Justice Qaiser Rashid said why attempts are being made to destroy the young generation and put negative things in their minds. He questioned on whose agenda such acts are happening. He said why a case should not be registered against those responsible for this act? The judge ordered to register a case against the person responsible for the offence.

The court summoned Peshawar Textbook Board Chairman and Secretary Elementary and Secondary Education Department on July 10.

The issue also cropped up recently when Prime Minister Imran Khan used the word of Loot Maar during his address to the nation. His use of words was strongly criticised from various quarters and he was asked to apologise for his words.

The issue was also raised in the Senate which had to be adjourned as security was called in the House to control the ruckus created by government members when Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader Maulana Attaur Rehman accused the prime minister of using inappropriate words during his address to the nation. When Attaur Rehman started his speech, Senator Naeem Wazir tried to move towards the opposition benches and Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar also entered the field to fight. Security was called to control the ruckus which had the potential to turn into a brawl. Leader of the House Syed Shibli Faraz urged the members to avoid spreading anarchy through religious speeches.

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