Burqa of Pakistan's first lady 'unmasks societal biases'

Bushra Imran's attire for Khan's PM inauguration heavily scrutinised by Twitteratti

News Desk August 18, 2018
Prime Minister Imran Khan with his wife Bushra Bibi before being sworn in. PHOTO COURTESY: TWITTER

With the nation's eyes set on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan's inauguration as prime minister on Saturday, his wife's outfit for the occasion also drew social media attention.

Bushra Imran chose to wear a veil, but her choice was heavily criticised as 'not fit' for the country's first lady. However, some admired her for dress modestly.

Discourse in this regard has resurfaced after she assumed her new role. However, certain quarters termed the criticism as unwarranted policing of women's choices.

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With some quick to note that men are judged for the choices made by the women in their life.

A social media user lauded the freedom of choice for women to choose to dress as they please in 'Naya Pakistan'.

Sociologist Nida Kirmani spoke out saying that Bushra's attire was the least of the problems the public should be worried about.

Another social media user said that "I can't believe people still think they have a say on what Bushra Maneka chooses to do or wear. None of your concern".


Notwithstanding, a Twitter user said that "Bushra Bibi has reached and I'm a little disappointed. But I think this is how she wants to be".




preet | 4 years ago | Reply It is absolutely her choice..y r ppl bothered by her dressing if she is harmless.. n it is her right to dressup the way she wants just the way women who don't like being told to wear veils and blaah..just let her be the way she is. unless she is not killing somebdy or waging a war..
Manahil | 4 years ago | Reply She was brave to wear what she wanted and we should respect that just like we respect men and women wearing jeans and t-shirts,Saudi men wearing thobes and Indian women wearing saris.It's a part of who they are and as a human being it's our responsibility to exhibit tolerance to people from all classes,races,culture and creed.It wouldn't be wrong to say that it is none of our business what she wears because if she is to be a role model it will be her vision,her ideals and values which will matter in the eyes of today's youth rather than what she chooses to wear, because today's youth know what really matters.We should be more worried about the real pressing matters,mainly our countrys economic situation,the water shortage problem,unemployment,power shortage and lack of standardized quality education.This is where energy and constructive criticism is required.Direly.
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