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KARACHI – Significant developments were made during the interrogation of Lyari gangwar head Uzair Baloch Thursday. Baloch revealed the names of 10 key operatives of Lyari gangwar’s women wing.

March 14, 2017
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Hijab not being made mandatory in colleges, clarifies Punjab govt

LAHORE: The Punjab government has rejected reports that it is considering a proposal to make hijab mandatory for college girls, hours after a statement by the provincial higher education minister.

The issue arose on Tuesday when Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Gillani proposed that college girls wearing hijab be given five per cent attendance relaxation.

"We want to give an incentive to the girls for wearing hijab," said the minister during a meeting of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education in Lahore, adding that the measure was aimed at promoting hijab-culture in Punjab.

But a spokesman for the provincial government quickly rejected the report, saying no such decision had been taken or was being considered by the provincial government.

A spokesman for the Punjab government said academic excellence based on merit…[is] clear policy of the government of Punjab".

"This is absolutely WRONG news ... No such policy announced by Government of the Punjab," said the spokesman. Speaking to Geo News following the government's denial, the minister claimed that it was only a proposal and no final decision had been taken in this regard.

"My statement was misreported. No decision was taken in this regard and it is only a proposal. There were 5-6 other proposals as well but media only highlighted this one," he said.

Social media responded strongly to statements by the provincial minister, with some claiming the proposed measure was discriminatory against boys and non-Muslims.

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