Pakistan Federal Education Minister Imran Masood has suggested that all government schools should buy a copy of President Pervez Musharraf's recently launched book In the Line of Fire, so that children can understand Pakistan's political scenario.
However, he has not forced government schools to buy the book, but had only suggested so.
"I have told Quaid-e-Azam Library to get the book so that readers can remain updated on Pakistan's history and current affairs and on Musharraf," the Daily Times quoted the minister as saying.
Unidentified education department officials also maintained that the minister had not forced the book on government schools, and that it was ridiculous to think that he would force schoolchildren to read books meant for adults.
"You won't even find books on history, philosophy, sociology, poetry or political science in school libraries because schoolchildren are supposed to read easier books so that they can understand them," they added.
The officials further said a lot of money would be needed to buy the book anyhow and that the department did not have the funds to do that.
Meanwhile, reacting to Imran's 'suggestion', president of the All Pakistan Professors and Lecturers Association Nazim Hassnain alleged that the education minister was deliberately detracting from the real issue and making non-issues into issues in order to gain political points.