A new school atlas published by the government of Pakistan’s Punjab province has shown Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the Gilgit-Baltistan region as Indian territories.

The education authorities rushed to recall the atlas from all elementary and high school libraries of Punjab province, which has a population of 90 million.

The Government of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has had to face criticism from academicians over the development.

“It is a grave mistake that speaks of the inefficiency of our Chief Minister’s team,” publisher Khalid Pervez said.

Over 15,000 copies of the atlas had been delivered to school libraries so far.

The education department said it would take action against all those responsible for printing, approving and distributing the atlas.

The publisher had been asked to reprint the atlas with correct maps, it said.

The project to publish the atlas was launched with $25 million in aid provided under a German Loan Swap Programme.

(This article was published on August 30, 2012)
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