End fashion shows, orders Pakistani PM


  • AseanPlus News
  • Thursday, 13 Nov 2003

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali has ordered authorities to crack down on fashion shows because they are unIslamic and give Pakistan a bad image, a local newspaper reported yesterday. 

An Interior Ministry order dated Oct 25 was carried by yesterday's The News daily, directing hotels and officials to put an end to the gala parades that are a regular event at city hotels. 

“It has been observed that different functions are organised under the garb of fashion shows at leading hotels of the provinces and federal capital, which militate against our national culture and Islamic values,” the order said, according to the newspaper. 

“Such activities are not reflective either of our culture or heritage and subsequently paint the government in bad light. 

“The prime minister has taken serious notice of such undesirable activities and has directed that the administration and hotel managements be issued strict instructions to avoid recurrence of such programmes, which are not in consonance with Islamic values and norms of decency.” 

The directive does not specifically state why it objects to such shows, but anything that involves the flaunting of women is usually frowned upon in Islamic Pakistan. – AFP  

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