WITHOUT first formulating a uniform educational and health policy for the country, the federal government transferred ministries relating to health and education to provinces after the passage of the 18th Amendment.

The provinces accepted the assets but were reluctant to absorb the federal government employees deployed in these ministries.

Now when provinces are autonomous, politicians instead of pursuing federal policies in this regard started sowing seeds of disintegration in so far as education was concerned.

In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the provincial government asked for drastic changes in textbooks of educational institutions and historical documents.

The name of M.A. Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, is being removed from books. If this trend of reviving old prejudices is allowed to spread, it will pave way for regionalism on the basis of language, ethnicity, religious beliefs and other biases, shaking the very foundation of Pakistan.

For the time being, this matter may look small, but the irony of fate is that events of greater and deeper consequences always emerge from trifles. Our leaders ought to solve this complex problem before it spreads across the country and results in ‘disintegration of unity’.

RAJA SHAFAATULLAH Islamabad

Updated Jun 13, 2012 01:08am

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Comments (Closed)


Jamshaid Khan
Jun 13, 2012 03:08am
These comments aren't very clear. In what respects and in what context is the name being removed? What old prejudices are being revived? These statements are general and lack a clear message and I'm not quite sure why they've been published.
Razzaq
Jun 13, 2012 07:22pm
Regionalism,ethnicity etc. is sad but a harsh reality now like it or not. But what has gone beyond the joke is that these elements are claiming a stake in Karachi.
Kamaljit Singh
Jun 13, 2012 07:44pm
Where is the Pakistan of Mr Jinnah. She died with the birth of Bangladesh ?
Iftikhar
Jun 13, 2012 10:43am
It is just somebody feared, not clear comments,
Sohaib
Jun 13, 2012 08:18am
This is very alamring and extremely sad !!!!