It is shocking to see the ideological trajectory the provincial ANP government intends to adopt. After removing an essay “Quaid-i-Azam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”, it has expunged two more literary pieces extolling freedom movement and Pakistan’s ideology from 9th class textbooks. The first one is Hakim Saed’s essay on the events and sacrifices leading to the creation of Pakistan and the second one is Hafeez Jalandhari’s poem “Dara-e-Khyber”. It is now becoming clear that the intention is to make the next generation ignorant of the very basis of our demand for an independent state, Pakistan: Two-Nation Theory and the sacrifices rendered by the founding fathers of the country. It has also been reported that these anti-Pakistan steps are being taken under an official of the Textbook Board who happens to be an active member of the Bacha Khan Trust.

Concurrently in Punjab, the reports that Quranic Surahs and Sayings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) might be taken out from the Islamiat textbooks are quite disturbing. It is unclear what might be the motive. There is definitely a need for soul searching. While our education system needs reform, removing all traces of Pakistan's history and identity from it is farcical. The KP government must immediately reconsider this course of action.