Ulema fully support PM statement on women hijab: Ashrafi

Staff Reporter

Special Representative for Prime Minister on Religious Affairs Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi has said ulema fully support the statement of Prime Minister Imran Khan regarding women hijab and dresses.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, he said that Islam is protector of women rights, adding that PM’s statement about hijab was legal and in accordance with Holy Quran and Sunnah.

He said that PM’s statements about women clothing was targeted by some elements for political reasons. He said that the Quranic order about hijab was equally applicable to men, that they should keep their eyes down.

He said the government should set up a helpline to register a secret complaint about sexual harassment of children.

Ashrafi said that open public punishment should be given by setting up special courts to prevent cases of child abuse.

He said that pictures of sexual beasts, who abuse children or women, should be shown on television channels and publish in newspapers.

He said that child abuse was a crime whether it happens in a madrasa, a college or a university.

He appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan to award public and immediate sentences to such culprits.

He urged parents to educate their children how they should react and how they should seek help if somebody attempts to abuse them or touches them inappropriately.

To a question. Ashrafi said that ulema and mashaykh across country were with the government on the issue of Muharram observance. The prime minister has ordered for expansion of peace committees for Muharram, he added.

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