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

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

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”.


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Reader Comments (18)

  • M R Goods
    Aug 19, 2018 - 12:17AM

    How the First Lady chose to dress is her prerogative. If she takes us to the Middle Ages then be it. A fully dressed ‘Middle Ages’ lady is better than a scantily dressed lady of the modern age.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Aug 19, 2018 - 2:10AM

    she should have at least shown her face . How else to know its a woman inside that veil and not some man ?Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 19, 2018 - 2:51AM

    @M R Goods:
    Hmm, and how can you be sure that it is not Abdul Aziz under that burka?Recommend

  • RHS
    Aug 19, 2018 - 3:50AM

    Nawaz Sharif’s “Khalai Makhlooq” has been located..Recommend

  • Nasi
    Aug 19, 2018 - 4:17AM

    I just hope this women doesn’t turn out to be Rasputin of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Ann
    Aug 19, 2018 - 4:44AM

    Pakistan going back in time.Recommend

  • Tariq
    Aug 19, 2018 - 6:12AM

    Her dress code was very much acceptable and accurate, it’s should be none of anyone’s business, she is to be followed by the woman, the girl and the lady of this so-called modern eraRecommend

  • rafeeq
    Aug 19, 2018 - 7:53AM

    A bird in cage of freed after spending most of its life in cage would refuse to fly away. Thinking Cage is safest place to be…Recommend

  • Tahir saeed
    Aug 19, 2018 - 9:11AM

    How Recommend

  • nikki
    Aug 19, 2018 - 10:19AM

    No one has right to crticise her veil. People should respect other’s values
    You all seem highly educated but seem ignorant and duffer Recommend

  • Saad
    Aug 19, 2018 - 10:40AM

    There is a campaign against burka and burkini in the West.Recommend

  • Muddassar Jahangir
    Aug 19, 2018 - 11:37AM

    It is up to the first lady how she chooses to dress. Well done her for not conforming to society.Recommend

  • pakone
    Aug 19, 2018 - 12:28PM

    First of all, covering of the face for women is forbidden in Islam. It’s Saudi wahabiism that promoted and brought this culture to Pak. Second, the first lady’s attire is absolutely our business as she is now a public figure and a possible role model for the women and especially young girls of our country. Her attire portrays a medieval, backward mindset to the women of Pakistan who are already oppressed. What this signifies to them is that their only job is cover up and sit in chadar and char diwaari, which is a very dangerous mindset for a country whose population is over 51% female. Recommend

  • Khwaja
    Aug 19, 2018 - 12:48PM

    If 300 million Americans don’t mind their first lady botoxed and shooting for more than centrefolds, why should the world have a view on a Pakistani lady who doesn’t want to show. More power to Bushra Bibi!Recommend

  • Hyder
    Aug 19, 2018 - 2:54PM

    Aoa.ist of all,covering face is not forbidden.the minimum covering allowed for a woman is her body and hairs except face should b covered.this is the minimum required.if she wants not to show the world her face,whats the problem.secondly she was coming with pm.if ur pm wants to bring a man or abdul aziz in veil.its the pm decision and he has the power to invite anyone given to him by constitutionRecommend

  • Dr. Asjad Iqbal
    Sep 1, 2018 - 9:32PM

    If she is that fearful of showing her face maybe she should just stay at home. The women in the Saudi Royal Family never appear in public with burqa or without.Recommend

  • Manahil
    Sep 17, 2018 - 10:28PM

    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.Recommend

  • preet
    Sep 28, 2018 - 10:58AM

    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..Recommend

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