FAISALABAD: The Chairman of Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association declares an improvement in the Pakistani textbooks.
Professor Anjum James Paul- Chairman of the Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association (PMTA) states that the authorities have now been showing responsibility by including the role of Minorities in the Pakistan Movement. The Pakistan movement heroes from Christian, Sikh and Hindu backgrounds are now part of the textbooks. While addressing to journalists in a press conference, he stated that three pages have been included in the subject of Pakistan Studies (Compulsory) textbook edition March 2013 for grade 10 on the role of minorities in Pakistan. Christian, Hindu, Sikh and other community heroes who have been instrumental in the creation of Pakistan, judiciary, education, defense, health and sports are given place in the syllabus of Pakistan Studies. A section of speech of the Founder of Pakistan that he delivered in the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan on August 11, 1947 has also been included in the same textbook. The Quaid-e- Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his speech said, “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State”
The word “Masih”, “Masihi” or “Masihyiat” is being used at present in the textbooks and in the electronic and print media instead of “Esa”, “Esai” or “Esayiat” for Jesus Christ, Christian/s or Christianity.
Professor Anjum James Paul went on expressing that the subject of Arabic has been made optional at present on our constant demands. Instead of Islamic Studies, the subject of Ethics has been brought in for the minorities’ students. The PMTA is laboring for the cause that there should be subject of religion instead of Ethics since this is violation of Article 22 of the constitution of Pakistan, Article 26 (3) of the United Nation Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18, Article 26 and Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 2 and Article 14 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.