Ban on Books in Pakistan: HRCP expresses concern

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Islamabad; The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed its concern over the banning of certain books in Pakistan, media reports said.

To give a government’s official the power to decide what constitutes ‘objectionable material’ on behalf of all citizens is unacceptable, read a report published in The News International.

The HRCP also noted with concern that the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board had begun what it termed ‘a critical review’ of 10,000 books taught by private schools across the province, and already banned 100 books on, what it called, ludicrous grounds, reports the newspaper.

The HRCP  said it is gravely concerned that such measures herald yet tighter restrictions not only on freedom of expression, but also freedom of thought, conscience, and religion.