(By: NDTV) Islamabad: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf is set to restore “violent jihadist content” removed from school textbooks in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, according to a media report today.
After the Awami National Party (ANP) came to power in the province in 2008, education officials removed Quranic verses preaching jihad or holy war and illustrations depicting weapons or violence.
Chapters covering Islamist figures and ideology were replaced with lessons on local poets, philosophers or the region’s Pashtun identity. These drastic changes were introduced by the ANP in textbooks used from the first to 12th grade in public schools.
However, Imran Khan’s party, which now rules Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa with the hardline Jamaat-e-Islami, has announced its intention to “restore violent jihadist content in school textbooks”, Radio Free Europe reported on its website today.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Information Minister Shah Farman told a news conference on August 21 that the government will “rectify” what it calls “holes and mistakes” in textbooks published by the previous government led by the ANP.
“What kind of sovereignty, freedom, and Islamic values is this when Islamic teachings, jihad, and national heroes are removed from textbooks? Jihad is part of our faith. We will not back down (from our decision),” he said.
The provincial government has not said when the changes will be implemented but they were not in time for the new school year that began on September 1.