LAHORE/KARACHI - Like other parts of world, Hijab Day was organised on Thursday in Pakistan. The importance of Hijab (veil) was highlighted in major cities of the country.

In Lahore, a sitting was organised by Nazria-i-Pakistan Trust at Al-Hamra Hall, notable speakers have stated that Hijab puts no restriction on the socio-political and economic activities of women.

“Chadar Orh Tehreek has become need of the hour that can bring a fruitful revolution in the lives of the Muslim women,” they highlighted.

Those who addressed include NPT Chairman and former president Rafique Tarrar, founder of the Tehrik Pir Syed Kabir Ali Shah, Justice (r) Aftab Farrukh, NPT Secretary Shahid Rasheed, Editor Nai Baat Prof Ataur Rehman, Editor Daily Din Mian Habibullah, Brig (r) Javed Iqbal, Prof Dr Parveen Khan and others. A good number of people also participated in the conference, organised by Astana Alia Choora Sharif.

Tarrar said that the participation of a large number of women in the conference proved that the movement would materialise its dreams sooner or later. He said that we should focus on the education of girls.

Syed Kabir Ali said that the legislation against the obscenity projected by the media was much needed, adding that the women to wear Hijab to buikd their present their Islamic image in other societies. He said that noted journalist late Dr Majid Nizami, who participated in last conference, had said that ‘Chadar Orh Tehreek’ became need of the hour.

The other speakers talked about the significance of Hijab in Islam and urged the women to follow the teachings of Islam to glorify their lives. They said that Hijab was not a hurdle in progress rather it provides protection to the women during their routine.

In Karachi, a gathering was organised by Sindh Women and Family Commission at Karachi Press Club (KPC), where Commission president Atiya Nisar stated that Hijab was the prestige and honour of the Muslim women. She added that they should get opportunity and freedom to spend their lives according to the true teachings of Islam.

A large number of women belonging to different walks of life attended the event and recorded their protest against the discriminatory attitude being carried out with the women, who take veil in western countries.

The protestors raised placards and banners inscribed with “veil an honour of women”, “veil an identity of women”, “veil an esteem of Muslim women”.

“The Muslim women are protesting for their legal right, although the champions of human rights and women rights are become the silent spectators over the said issue”, Atiya added.

She also demanded of the human rights and women rights organisations to break their silence and raise their voices for women rights.

JI Karachi Chief Hafiz Naeem said that the western world was talking about the rights of the women, but unfortunately they did not advance in this regard.

He further said that the women were being disgraced in the name of freedom in the western world. However, the Islam has given the real status to women.

Hafiz Naeem further said that the Islam highlighted the rights of women in every aspect and ensured her grace and elegance.