Book sellers arrested in Lahore
LAHORE: Ghaziabad police on Saturday arrested two persons involved in selling the Punjab Textbook Board (PTB) textbooks meant for free distribution among the students of government schools.
The police arrested Waqas Ali and Babar who used to remove the tag of “Not for sale” from the PTB textbooks and sell the books in the market among the students of private schools.
Ghaziabad Police Station Inspector Ali Abbas who arrested the two persons said a large number of textbooks were also recovered from the godown situated at Nicholson Road. The News could not reach PTB Chairman Izhar Ahmed Sheikh for comments despite repeated attempts on his cell phone.
However, a PTB official, seeking anonymity, expressed complete ignorance over the issue, saying the board used to get published books from private publishers while Programme Management & Implementation Unit (PMIU) of the Punjab Education Sector Reforms Programme (PESRP) used to distribute and store textbooks meant for free distribution among the students of government schools. When contacted, an official from the PMIU said textbooks were not stolen from the PMIU’s warehouse, hence there was no liability on its part.