LAHORE: The Archives and Libraries Wing of the Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD) have issued the notification to all the public and academic libraries in Punjab to keep copies of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s biography.
The wing, in notification No SO (LIB) A&L/1-3/2014 (P) dated 04-01-2017, addressed to the Director General Public Libraries, Director Public Instructions (Colleges) and Director Public Instruction (Schools), asked them to secure copies of the biography for the libraries in Punjab.“The heads of the institutions will purchase the approved book from funds available to them,” the notification said.
According to the notification issued by the section officer (Libraries), the wing has asked all the libraries to keep the book titled as “Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Dastan-e-Hayat” written by the Tariq Ahmad Khan, within libraries.
The notification states:
“The Government of the Punjab Archives and Libraries Wing, Services and General Administration Department is pleased to approve the following books for Academic and Public Libraries in the Province. You are accordingly requested to convey the approval of the Government to your lower formation for further necessary action.”
In the end it mentions:
“The Heads of the institutions to purchase the approved books out of the funds available to them for the said purpose”.
A copy of the notification has also been forwarded to Tariq Ahmad Khan c/o Ali Publishers of Pakistan, Post Box No 918, Dakhana Gulgasht Colony, Multan.
A&L Wing Secretary Ahmad Raza Sarwar while talking to the media said that the A&L Book Review Committee, as per its normal practice, received many books including Mian Nawaz Sharif’s biography with the author’s request for its review and approval for public perusal. He said the committee reviewed the book to check any objectionable, violent, hate and anti-Pakistan or anti-religion content.
He said the move was not politically motivated and there was neither any intention to include it in the syllabus of schoolchildren nor it was mandatory for the libraries to keep it. He said the committee approved the book just as the Censor Board approved a film. “As the Censor Board’s approval doesn’t necessarily mean that the film will be screened in cinemas, it is also optional for the libraries to keep the book, which is now duly approved by the Archives & Libraries Wing, Punjab,” he explained.
The sources, meanwhile, said the government played no role decision about book on Nawaz biography