Musharraf replaces Quaid in textbooks

Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s messages to the nation have been replaced by messages from President Pervez Musharraf and Punjab Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi in almost all the latest editions of books approved and published by the Punjab Textbook Board.

English book for 10th grade, published in January 2000, quoted the Quaid as saying, “You must devote yourself whole-heartedly to your studies, for that is your first obligation to yourself.”

The matriculation book of Pakistan Studies, published in March 1997, quoted the Quaid as saying, “Pakistan’s progress will require at least as much effort and sacrifice as its creation.”

The latest versions of books published by the Punjab Textbook Board do not carry the Quaid’s messages, but carry Musharraf’s messages by saying, “The progress and development of a country depends on the quality of education of its people. It is a historical fact that the Muslims ruled the world for hundreds of years on the basis of the knowledge acquired by their intellectuals, philosophers and scientists. The books written by them were of such a high standard that they served as reference books in Western universities for centuries. As long as the Muslims acted upon the Hadith ‘to acquire knowledge is the duty of each Muslim man and woman’ they ruled the world. Our curriculum in the past was not in concert with the requirements of modern times. I am pleased to note that the government has not only given importance to the sovereignty and security of the country, but also taken steps for the improvement of the quality of education and curriculum to bring it in tune with the latest standards. Keeping in view these requirements, the textbooks have been developed, revised and updated.”

The Punjab Textbook Board chairman said he had noticed the error in books published by the board and had planned to omit the messages of Musharraf and Elahi from books to be published in 2007-08. He said the board considered Mr Jinnah as the father of the nation and founder of Pakistan and that nobody could have committed the act deliberately. He said the exclusion of Mr Jinnah’s messages was human error, which would be corrected as soon as possible.

He also said the board had little say in matters of curriculum and that major policies were decided by the curriculum wing of the Education Ministry. He said the board was working to promote education and development and had nothing to do with politics.

21 Comments so far

  1. Saad (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 10:38 am

    Whats wrong with Musharraf’s message? I dont get it?


  2. saad2 (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 12:32 pm

    what line has been “replaced” ?
    why am i not convinced? give links to your source!


  3. sh (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 8:15 pm

    well just because its jinnahs doesnt mean we have to keep it, we should look at the quotes and not the people who have made them.


  4. Raza (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 9:44 pm

    Thank you all for your messages…this was exactly the point I wanted to make that so often we get caught up in who said what or who did what rather than looking at what they said or what they did. The reason I posted this story was that I wanted to see if there are people out there who take the time to at least read what someone has to say and not just base their opinions on who said it. Because if you look at what’s happening in our country, more often than not, people are following someone for who they are and not for what they say or what they do. (ie. he is a maulana, he must know what he is saying or this politician is a friend of so and so, therefore I am going to vote for him/her.)


  5. Raza (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 9:45 pm

    Sorry, I forgot to mention, the story was published by Daily Times.


  6. MaNI (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 2:40 am

    I don’t think that what our President Musharraf said is wrong. I mean if we love Quaid-e-Azam (Ali Jinnah), we can keep the messages of both persons. I mean what’s the problem in it to have Quaid’s message on first page and the President’s message on the very next page.
    After all he was our President who bothered to change our syllabus, otherwise our younger generation would have been rading the same old course what there grand grand parents read.
    The credit goes to the present government in this regard.
    And by the way, his message is very encouraging and honest. He has just quoted our Holy Quran and has reminded the glourious past of the Muslims which no one can deny.


  7. bloody_hell (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

    mani, you dumb ignorant. nobody is complaining about updating text books for good. they omitted Qauaid’s message and put that bloody musharraf and ch. gama’s message. clear now? on second thought, i should give it sometime coz information has just entered your head and searching desperately for your brain!

    i can’t believe bloody mushy and gama brothers have gone so far. i am sick and tired of listening to his stupid logics of how poverty has been reduced in pakistan and other shit and not this!


  8. Momekh (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 8:19 pm

    well.
    To get the record straight, there IS something very wrong with having books that replaces Quaid’s message with any other. What is needed is maybe a hadees, inspiring and related, of our Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), then Quaid, then Iqbal and then maybe we can fit in the others. It will be a clutter, so we decide on removing some quotes or shrinking them in on the same page. But we REMEMBER the priorities. And it is not because of who these personalities are and what they did for the ummah, but because what they have said is TIMELESS. This point is VERY important I think. We ‘HAVE’ to understand that when something is BASED on something, that does not and should not change… otherwise EVERYTHING changes.


  9. zeeshan (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 1:21 am

    its true. those f**kn bastards have actually done it. Quaid and Ibal have bveen removed totally from front pages. i bought a 10th grade’s English book just to see for myself.

    i watched minister for education’s interview on geo and it seems they are not even ashamed. don’t be surprised if musharaf replaces Quaid’s picture and puts his everywhere.

    we should be ashemd of ourselves for not protesting and kicking some a*rse.


  10. sabizak (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 6:22 am

    I dont see your point Raza (and the other commentors who are in accordance with you). First of all The Quaid is the father of the nation, so it makes greater sense that he make an appearance in a text book (if indeed any political figure should, which in itself is debatable). Besides The Quaid’s quote makes perfect sense, about the duty of students being first and foremost to study, so I dont see how you can prove your logic of saying we should look at the quote, not the person. Musharraf’s quote is reasonably decent too but it makes no sense to put it in a textbook because then that would then suggest that every reigning President do such a thing, consider themselves the ultimate saviour of the country, as big as the man who actually founded it. Your logic in your comment is fundamentally flawed.


  11. Irfan (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

    Only a nation whose concience is totally dead would agree with replacing Quaid with a thief like Musharraf and a Rassa Geer like Chaudry of Gujrat.


  12. Raza (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 10:15 pm

    @ Sabizak and others who didn’t get my point – I am not sure why you didn’t get my point. Maybe because I am afraid that you looked at the comment as many others are probably doing too….I am not trying to support or object to removing Quaid’s quotes and putting in Musharraf’s…what I was trying to say was that people who are going to oppose the person in question will always make a big deal about the issue…now I am not a supporter of Musharraf nor his detractor but I am sure there are lots in Pakistan and abroad as you can see from the comments here. Most people aren’t even concerned about the actual issue, they are just ‘pissed off’ because it was Musharraff or some other government dimwit. I agree with you (as do most other people) that yes Quaid’s quote should stay in there but your reason for refuting Musharraf’s quote (though you agree that its good) is not very solid. All you say is that this gives every other leader an excuse to do such a thing and ‘become an ultimate saviour of the country’…now I don’t know what would be wrong with this…every new leader could replace the older leader’s quote with a new one maybe in the process they would update the books too and the way we change leaders every couple years (barring Musharraf ofcourse) we could potentially have new book material every 2 – 3 years. We could do something like Momekh proposed…have a Hadees first, then Quaid, Iqbal etc…and then whichever current leader wants to say some positive words to his/her youth…yes it would be a clutter but lets face it, after the first time students open the books, I don’t think anyone goes back to read those quotes anyways.


  13. anonymous (unregistered) on August 6th, 2006 @ 2:24 am

    i will just say u r bunch of retardz supporting this act of stupidity on our part


  14. Yasir (unregistered) on August 6th, 2006 @ 6:27 am

    Raza, logically speaking (to help with solid reasons of course), it is always that the father of the nation is respected by all and the current leader is followed by few. So it makes logical sense to put the former always up-front, for the good of all!


  15. sabizak (unregistered) on August 6th, 2006 @ 4:45 pm

    Raza, it is a textbook, for crying out loud, not a book of quotations. But just because Bush is the current President of America does not mean people should start following his Bushisms compared to Presidential greats like Abraham Lincoln.
    The point is that a leader has to first prove himself great enough for OTHERS to quote him who have nothing to benefit from him, and presumably that can only happen when he has relinquished his position of authority. Otherwise some sycophant quoting him in hopes of getting a free plot should definitely not be condoned.


  16. sweetjasmine (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 12:17 am

    iam really shock iam a distant relative of mr jinnah thru his wife clan how can the pakistan goverment allow such a thing and what message athug like him can give the man days are over so dont worry it is only a short time stunt being an indian iam proud of mr gandhi so how can the peop[le of pak allow this to happen that to for a person like musharaf who changes his statements and words like any street thug iam really shock


  17. sweetjasmine (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 12:18 am

    iam really shock iam a distant relative of mr jinnah thru his wife clan how can the pakistan goverment allow such a thing and what message athug like him can give the man days are over so dont worry it is only a short time stunt being an indian iam proud of mr gandhi so how can the peop[le of pak allow this to happen that to for a person like musharaf who changes his statements and words like any street thug iam really shock


  18. sweetjasmine (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 12:32 am

    iam really shock iam a distant relative of mr jinnah thru his wife clan how can the pakistan goverment allow such a thing and what message athug like him can give the man days are over so dont worry it is only a short time stunt being an indian iam proud of mr gandhi so how can the peop[le of pak allow this to happen that to for a person like musharaf who changes his statements and words like any street thug iam really shock


  19. sharukh (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 12:38 am

    what a joke u people allowed this to happen we indians love our founder of the nation like anything and on the other hand u people kept a message of a crook like musharuf in your book and that to replacing the message of your founder what a shame


  20. Boota (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 2:03 pm

    aik to ye indian atenk waasi (terrorists) pata nai kaha se aa jate hein :D. sharukh, dont you have anything better to do then pass stupid remarks? ;/ shoo shoo

    as far as the topic is concerend, they made a mistake, on purpose or whatever and now they are rectifying it. I am sure Qauid will be back in revised edition so chill all of you. relax. take a deep breathe


  21. sharukh (unregistered) on August 9th, 2006 @ 11:23 pm

    mr boota i think your knowledge on who r the real terrorist in india is zero what i meant was only this that nobody should give disrespect to there founder as far as iam concerned u can take out mr jinnah photos from the assembly also and replace it with your president secondlywithout offending any religion let me tell you iam not a muslim but a god fearing person who respects my mahaan desh india i was just putting a point that what your president has done was not good thats all if u felt offended u can go jump in the river



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