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Karak women asked not to visit markets alone

KARAK: The local clerics here on Friday asked the residents to restrict women from visiting markets for shopping alone for security reasons.

This was decided at a meeting of the clerics held at Tehsil Masjid with former Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) district president Hafiz Ibn-e-Ameen in the chair. Maulana Mirzaqeem, district president of his own faction of the Khattak Ittehad, administrator of a seminary in Karak Maulana Abdur Rehman, Maulana Naimatullah and Mufti Shabbir Ahmad also attended the meeting.

The meeting expressed concern that a large number of women were roaming in the city without any male member of the family in the holy month of Ramazan. They said the women should be restricted to homes in Ramazan. They said Islam and Pakhtun culture restrict women from visiting bazaars without being accompanied by male members of their families.

The clerics asked the district police officer to depute women police personnel in the bazaars to take action against women visiting markets alone. Later, they met Deputy Commissioner Aqal Badshah and asked him to impose ban on women roaming in the bazaars unnecessarily.

The deputy commissioner said the district administration could not impose a ban on the women but would cooperate with the clerics in case their demands were genuine. The clerics also wanted to present a memorandum to the district police officer but he was not present in his office.

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