"Jeans pehni khawateen"

Ansar Abbasi on the Aurat March:

اتنے بڑے ملک کے ایک چوک پر کسی مہنگے ادارے میں پڑھنے والی، لاکھوں کی فیسیں دے کر انگلش سیکھنے والی جینز پہنے خواتین نے ایک چھوٹی سی ریلی نکالی، چار پانچ بے ہودہ قسم کے سلوگنز لکھے اور عورت کے لیے اٹھائی گئی ہر آواز کا گلا گھونٹ دیا...‘‘میری ذاتی رائے میں اس شو کے ذریعے عورت آزادی مارچ کے منتظمین کا اصل ایجنڈا ضرور بے نقاب ہوا جس کے سامنے نہ صرف بند باندھنے کی ضرورت ہے بلکہ حکومت، پارلیمنٹ، عدلیہ اور میڈیا کی یہ ذمہ داری ہے کہ عورت کے نام پر کسی بیرونی سازش کو یہاں کامیاب نہ ہونے دیں

- Jang, March 11, 2019

"Elegant"

Imran Khan, in a 2012 interview.

Pakistan mai jo trend aaya hai jeans ka, larkiyan jeans pehanti hain, mai apni biwi - ex-wife - Jemima, ko kehta tha ke jitni woh achi shalwar kameez mai lagti thi kabhhi bhi woh maghrabi libas mai utni achi nahi lagi. Mai ab bhi kehta hoon, ke jitna achi shalwar kameez ke andar khatoon.. jo bhi ho… Princess Diana Pakistan aayi, usne Jemima ko dekh usne bhi shalwar kameez pehn li – kyunke shalwar kameez bada elegant dress hai.

Hum kayi dafa.. zaroori nahi hota ke muashra aage barh raha aur sahi taraf ja raha hai. Jab hum kisi ko blindly copy karte hain.. mai samajhta hoon ke yeh jo trend hai yeh jo kisi ko copy karne ka India se aayi hai…mai iss se agree nahi karta, mai sirf overall kapron ki baat karraha hoon. Kayi dafa achi shalwar kameez mai badi elegant lagti hain aurtein. Mai elegant lafz istemaal karraha hoon.

This trend of jeans in Pakistan, girls wear jeans. I used to tell my wife - ex-wife - Jemima that she never looked as good in western clothes as she did in shalwar kameez. I still say that a woman looks better in shalwar kameez, whoever it is… Princess Diana came to Pakistan, and wore a shalwar kameez following Jemima. Because shalwar kameez is a very elegant dress.

Many times we… its not necessary that if society is moving forward it is going in the right direction. When we blindly copy someone. I believe that this trend of copying someone, which has come from India… I don’t agree with this. I am just speaking of clothes overall. Many a time, women look very elegant in good shalwar kameez. I am using the word elegant.

Valentine's Day, 2019 - 800 headscarves

The University of Agriculture Faisalabad administration on Thursday distributed 800 headscarves among females as a gesture of respect from their alma mater and to promote eastern values in the society.

Addressing on the occasion, Dr Zafar Iqbal said we have to reconnect the youth with old generation and our rich culture to achieve our lost glory. He said that the idea was meant to encourage respect for women as the country was entrusted to uphold Muslim traditions. He said we have to work on character building of the youth that will flourish on the golden principals of Islam. He said dupatta was a beautiful manifestation of our culture. He said that university didn’t compel anyone and it is their choices. He said that we are empowering our women by ensuring a congenial environment for the females. He added that mixed reaction came after announcing Sisters’ Day. But, now the criticism is narrowing down in the society after counselling.

- University of Agriculture, Faisalabad

Deep Neck

From 2017

Female students protest discrimination at IIUI

The university recently issued circular barring female students from wearing see-through dresses, ‘deep necks’, sleeveless shirts, skinny jeans, tights, capri pants, makeup, heavy jewellery and high heels.

According to the IIUI’s new dress code, the students have been directed to wear shalwar kameez with a shirt that is at least knee length and trousers with long shirts, and dupatta or scarf is mandatory with all dresses.

- 14 October 2017, The Nation

d(Up)atta in the Air

From a Senate Q&A, 2010

*Prof. Khurshid Ahmed: (Notice received on 25-05-2010 at 17:00 p.m.) Will the Minister for Defence be pleased to state: (a) the number of air hostesses deputed on national flights of PIA as of 30th April, 2010 with province-wise break up indicating also the number of those appointed on regular basis and contract basis separately;

(b) the date on which new dress for the said air hostesses was introduced; and (c) whether any special instructions have been issued to the said air hostesses about the new dress, if so, its details?

Ch. Ahmed Mukhtar:

(a) Requisite details mentioning the total number of air hostesses in PIA as of April 30, 2010 with province wise breakup and also the mode of appointment (contractual or regular) is attached Annexure ‘A’.

(b) The new uniform was launched on 29-01-2004 with the induction of B-777 Aircrafts to P1A’s Fleet. (c) There are 3 colours of uniform FIunter’s Green, Terracotta and Mustard with Floral Dupatta to match the Floral “Braid” on the uniform. Every Female Crew is issued with 3 colour uniforms and they have a choice to wear which ever colour they prefer, however, they have been asked to coordinate with each other on International Flights to ensure a variety of colour uniforms to be worn on the same Flight.

- 27 July 2010, Senate Q&A

Dress Code: Headcover

The Institute of Business and Management (IBM) of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) on Saturday imposed a dress code for its students and Rs5,000 fine over each violation.

The notification, a copy available with Dawn, on the dress code made it for girl students to wear a scarf or dupatta while imposing a ban on sleeveless shirts and capri pants. It has made compulsory for male students to wear shalwar kameez on Fridays.

UET institute makes headcover compulsory for girls - DAWN, March 3, 2019

Sari

From February 2018

Senator Mufti Abdul Sattar of the JUI-F told Jalil, who was wearing her customary sari, that an "able and intellectual" woman like her should have an "appearance like Muslims".

"It is mandatory in Islam for women to cover all parts of their body except the face, hands and feet," preached Sattar.

"God has raised you to this status, you should become a role model for other women," he added, before going on to wonder: "What message will it send when the footage [of this meeting] is aired on TV?"

- Dawn

Valentine's Day, 2019

The University of Agriculture Faisalabad will observe Feb 14 (Valentine Day) as Sisters’ Day meant to promote eastern culture and Islamic traditions among the youth, said UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Iqbal Randhawa.

Inaugurating the signage “I love UAF” established near to Clock Tower UAF, he said: “we are enriched in our culture, norms, and Islamic values.” He said that UAF was mulling a plan to distribute scarf, shawls and gowns printed with UAF insignia among female students on the day.

- University of Agriculture Faisalabad

Dress Code: Uniform

Sometime back women officers in the PAF used to wear saris but later a change in uniform was brought about without taking into account the sentiments of women officers. It's time the PAF considered revising this decision in consultation with lady officers.

It is felt that one major factor was simply not kept in mind while ordering the change in uniform — the biological changes that take place in a woman's life cycle (pregnancy etc).

A sari covers a woman sufficiently enough to pass through this phase in her life with dignity.

Shalwar-kameez for the women police and sari for women officers of the three armed forces should be the dress code.

MAJ (r) TALAAT
KHURSHID Rawalpindi

- Dawn, 2009