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Wear abaya, Peshawar school girls told; order later withdrawn

Peshawar: The Peshawar district administration on Monday issued an order making it mandatory for schoolgirls to wear ‘’abaya’’ (full body covering veil) to protect them from any “unethical incident” from taking place at government schools throughout the province. However, the issue was withdrawn hours later. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said it was issued without the government’’s consent. Earlier, the Peshawar District Education Officer (Female) Samina Ghani issued the notification directing all the heads of the government girls middle, high and higher secondary schools at Peshawar to ensure wearing of gown or abaya by girls students during school timings to cover up their selves in order to protect them from any unethical incident.  Secretary Education Arshad Khan also told a local news outlet that the government would rescind the notification on Tuesday.Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker from Pakistan, expressed her disapproval at the Peshawar Education Officer’’s directive.In an Instagram post, she wrote that women get raped and assaulted even in burqas. “Please educate Ms Ghani that women in burqas also get assaulted and raped- you need to change the way men react and behave around women before policing what women should wear- If you are in charge of education then perhaps you should educate yourself first about all the studies that clearly state that covering up woman is not the answer.” IANS

Maryam to remain party’s vice president: Pakistan Election Commission

Islamabad: In a relief to Maryam Nawaz, Pakistan’s top election body on Tuesday rejected a plea to remove her from the post of vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. The 45-year-old daughter of jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who founded the party, was appointed on the post by the party in May. Sharif’s brother Shehbaz is currently the president of the party. The appointment was challenged in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) by the lawmakers of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on the  grounds that she was convicted by an accountability court in Avenfield corruption case in 2018. PTI

Hindu girl found dead in hostel room in Pakistan

Karachi: A Pakistani Hindu dental college student was found dead in her hostel room in Pakistan’s Sindh province with a rope tied to her neck, a media report said on Tuesday. Namrita Chandni, a final-year student of Bibi Asifa Dental College in Larkana district, was found lying on a cot by her friends on Monday with a rope tied to her neck. Her room locked from inside, The Express Tribune reported. Chandni belonged to Ghotki, the district which was in the news since Sunday after three cases against 218 rioters were filed for vandalising properties, including a temple. Widespread protests erupted in Ghotki on Sunday after an FIR was filed against the principal of Sindh Public School on the complaint of Abdul Aziz Rajput, a student’s father who claimed that the teacher had committed blasphemy by his anti-Islam remarks. IANS

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