Pirated copies of OUP books seized from two booksellers in Quetta
In a landmark move, successful raids were conducted on two booksellers, Mr Books situated on Gulistan Road and Najeebullah Book Depot located on Archar Road, for allegedly selling pirated copies of Oxford University Press (OUP) textbooks. With the assistance of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), around 4,000 pirated copies of Oxford textbooks were seized during the raid conducted at Mr Books.
The confiscated books comprised 64 textbook series including New Oxford Modern English, New Oxford Social Studies for Pakistan, New Oxford Primary Science, Urdu ka Guldasta, Amazing Science, New Countdown, Kashif Urdu, New Active English, Guided English, Oxford Progressive English, Computer Whiz, new Oxford Progressive English readers, and My Little Atlas.
During the second raid carried out at Najeebullah Book Depot, only 19 pirated books were recovered because by that time, the news of the first raid had spread all over the market and the shop owner got sufficient time to hide the stock of pirated books. Pirated copies of Urdu ka Guldasta, New Oxford Social Studies for Pakistan, New Oxford Modern English, and Guided English were recovered from here.
Mohammad Naeem, owner of Mr Books, along with Waqar, the alleged manager of the shop, were arrested by the FIA and an FIR has been lodged against them. All pirated material has been impounded by the FIA and the premises have been sealed off. A second FIR was lodged against Ikramullah, the owner of Najeebullah Book Depot, on the charges of selling pirated books and he has also been taken into custody for further interrogation. Such infringements of Intellectual Property Rights cause massive losses to the publishing industry, the authors, the Pakistan government, as well as the parents and pupils who are cheated into buying sub-standard, pirated books.