Pakistani province tightens Islamic laws


PESHAWAR: Lawmakers who control Pakistan's northwestern province have passed resolutions to make studying the Quran compulsory in schools and to forbid medical examinations of women by men. 

The resolutions were passed unanimously on Thursday  

by lawmakers in the legislature of North West Frontier Province. 

Under parliamentary rules, the regional government is obliged to put them into  

law. 

That would add to a string of rule changes already adopted to bring the province into line with conservative tribal traditions and Islamic law, including banning music in public buses and removing movie billboards with pictures of scantily clad women. 

“The aim is to maintain regional traditions and women's purdah according to the teachings of Islam,'' said lawmaker Zakirullah Khan, referring to the requirement that women's bodies remain hidden from men outside the family. 

A group of Islamic political parties called the Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal or United Action Forum swept to power in the province after campaigning on an anti-American platform in national elections last October. – AP  

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