LAHORE: The Punjab authorities has rejected stories that it’s contemplating a proposal to make hijab obligatory for school women, hours after an announcement by the provincial greater schooling minister.
The problem arose on Tuesday when Punjab Larger Schooling Minister Syed Raza Gillani proposed that school women sporting hijab be given 5 per cent attendance rest.
“We wish to give an incentive to the women for sporting hijab,” stated the minister throughout a gathering of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Schooling in Lahore, including that the measure was geared toward selling hijab-culture in Punjab.
However a spokesman for the provincial authorities shortly rejected the report, saying no such resolution had been taken or was being thought-about by the provincial authorities.
A spokesman for the Punjab authorities stated educational excellence based mostly on advantage…[is] clear coverage of the federal government of Punjab”.
“That is completely WRONG information … No such coverage introduced by Authorities of the Punjab,” stated the spokesman.
5% marks for Hijab college students is totally WRONG information… Educational excellence solely based mostly on MERIT.. It is clear coverage of the Govt of Punjab.
— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) March 14, 2017
Talking to Geo Information following the federal government’s denial, the minister claimed that it was solely a proposal and no closing resolution had been taken on this regard.
“My assertion was misreported. No resolution was taken on this regard and it is just a proposal. There have been 5-6 different proposals as effectively however media solely highlighted this one,” he stated.
Stark distinction to PM’s speech in opposition to spiritual discrimination
Satirically, the provincial greater schooling minister’s proposal got here hours after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stated his authorities stood for the “spiritual freedom of all communities and, with out discrimination, [ensuring them] equal rights as enshrined within the Structure”.
Addressing a ceremony to mark the Hindu competition of Holi, the prime minister stated his authorities was “dedicated to make sure equal alternatives for all of the communities”.
However the views expressed by the prime minister in Karachi stood in stark distinction to the proposal by the Punjab greater schooling minister, main observers to query if the federal government was on the identical web page relating to its insurance policies in opposition to spiritual discrimination.
Social media responded strongly to the provincial minister’s assertion, with some claiming the proposed measure might result in discrimination in opposition to non-Muslim college students.
Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari, youthful sister of PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, was one of many first on social media to query the proposal, asking why sporting hijab ought to impression a scholar’s educational outcomes.
…. and what is going to the boys do? What is going to college students of a unique faith do? Why does sporting a Hijab impression grades/marks ?! https://t.co/kgxlPveRpG
— Aseefa B Zardari (@AseefaBZ) March 14, 2017
.@GovtOfPunjab decides to giv 5 marks to college students who put on hijab.Wat abt boys?Can Saleem put on a shawl n get marks?Wat abt non Muslim stdnts? pic.twitter.com/NEzFUCToxf
— Ali Gul Pir (@Aligulpir) March 14, 2017
Others welcomed the provincial authorities’s fast rebuttal of the minister’s statements.
Glad that Punjab Govt spokeperson reiterates that the Govt believes in judging women and men on advantage and never on attire @SMCU
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) March 14, 2017
Over-centralisation results in chaos and confusion. Living proof: Hijab for college students and totally different @GovtOfPunjab variations on the problem.
— Abbas Nasir (@abbasnasir59) March 14, 2017
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