LAHORE: The Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) has issued a statement clarifying why the school textbooks were confiscated, following the social media backlash suggesting that it was done because the books included education activist Malala Yousafzai’s picture in a list of important people. غیر ملکی پبلشر کی جانب سے عزیز بھٹی شہد کے ساتھ ملالہ کی تصویر لگانے پر ایکشن۔ پنجاب ٹیکسٹ بک بورڈ نے آکسفورڈ سوشل سٹڈیز کی کتابوں کا سٹاک قبضے میں لے لیا ساتویں جماعت کی کتاب میں میجر عزیز بھٹی کی تصویر کے ساتھ ملالہ یوسف زئی کی تصویر چھاپی تھی pic.twitter.com/9ESx6Xf4lM — Arshad Chaudhry (@arshdchaudhary) July 12, 2021 The social studies books were confiscated by PCTB, who reported that they were published without a no-objection certificate. According to a spokesperson from the PCTB, the entire stock of books was picked from the Lahore book market. He further stated that they were published privately by a publisher without an NOC. Social media has suggested that the books were confiscated for including Malala’s picture in the list of important personalities. These allegations were denied by the PCTB. According to sources, pictures of some important personalities had been published on page 33 of the book which included Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Allama Iqbal, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, Liaqat Ali Khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi, Begum Raana Liaquat Ali Khan, Nishan-i-Haider recipient Maj Aziz Bhatti Shaheed and activist Malala Yousafzai. The PCTB has banned over 100 textbooks that were previously being taught in private schools, that were deemed “anti national” and “blasphemous”. The banned list included 17 books that were taught to class-I, 18 taught to class-II, 19 taught to class-III, 24 to class-IV, 13 to class-V, 4 in class-VII and 1 to class-IX and X.