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Habib Girls School Teaches Anti Pakistan Book

Posted by yourpakistan on July 24, 2011


One of the propaganda books “digging” out divides in the Muslim world through distortion of facts is being taught in a Pakistani school in the coastal cityKarachi, Talkhaba has learnt. “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations … One School at a Time” a book written by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin is being taught inHabib Girls School. The memoir contains anti-Pakistan elements in its content.

When contacted, the school administration confirmed that book was one of the several novels school recommends to its students for reference reading. On informing that the novel written by a writer known for his lies and distortion of facts also contained antiPakistancontent, the school administration shamefully refuted the fact and asserted the book had nothing anti Pakistan.

When asked whether the book was read before recommending to the students, the management reiterated that it recommends the books only after properly going through the content of the same.

Father of one of the students in grade-7 expressed his annoyances and held that the school was brainwashing young Pakistani minds from theUSpoint of view.

“It is unfortunate that all this happening in Pakistan carved out of the British India in the name of Islam but instead it has become the colony of the US” he asserted and added “The authorities or either incompetent , ignorant or corrupt.”

He demanded a complete ban on the novel and suggested that the content taught in school, both Public and private should be scrutinized.

Nosheen Ali, a South Asian scholar and anthropologist and writer of the “Books vs Bombs? Humanitarian development and the narrative of terror in Northern Pakistan” had severely criticized Three Cups of Tea in that “it constructs a misleading narrative of terror in which the realities of Northern Pakistan and Muslim life-worlds are distorted through simplistic tropes of ignorance, backwardness and extremism, while histories ofUS geopolitics and violence are erased.”

On the April 17, 2011 broadcast of CBS News‘ 60 Minutes, correspondentSteve Kroft alleged inaccuracies in Mortenson’s books Three Cups of Tea and its sequel, Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as financial improprieties in the operation of the Central Asia Institute.

In particular, CBS News disputed Mortenson’s claim that he got lost near K2and ended up in Korphe; that he was captured by the Taliban in 1996; whether the number of schools built and supported by CAI is accurate; and the propriety in the use of CAI funds for Mortenson’s book tours. 60 Minutes asked Mortenson for an interview prior to their broadcast, but Mortenson did not respond to their requests.

60 Minutes made the following allegations:

The story recounted in Three Cups of Tea about Mortenson getting lost on the way down fromK2, stumbling into Korphe, and promising to build a school did not actually take place.

The story recounted in Stones into Schools about Mortenson’s capture by the Taliban did not occur. His purported kidnappers state he was a guest, and the Taliban did not exist in the country at that time.

Schools Central Asia Institute claims to have built either have not been built, have been built and abandoned, are currently used for other purposes such as grain storage, or have not been supported by CAI after they were built.

The amount of money Central Asia Institute spends on advertising Mortenson’s books and paying the travel expenses of his speaking tours, including hiring private jets, is excessive relative to other comparable charitable institutions.

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