Pakistan organizes a World Hijab Day

A woman wears a full face Niqab on the streets of Blackburn July 20, 2010 in Blackburn, England. Syria has banned the wearing of full face veils in it's universities. The controversial Islamic niqab and the full face burqa has also seen calls across Europe for the garment to be banned. Many Islamic groups have called the ban discrimination against Muslims.


Christopher Furlong

Pakistan's Jamaat-i-Islami party has announced that they will be organizing a World Hijab Day on September 4.

According to the Express Tribune, the party's leader, Munawar Hasan, explained that the foreign ideas and practices had permeated Pakistan and that the Muslim youth must rise to defend their culture.

Earlier today, Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was heavily criticized for using a Hindi word while speaking to the supreme court. As there were Urdu synonyms for the word, Ashraf's use of the Hindi word, vishvas, which means faith, was taken as symbolic of India and Bollywood's cultural penetration in Pakistan.

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