Ali Tareen has an alternative to abaya

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Multan Sultans owner Ali Khan Tareen was among Pakistani netizens who were quick to condemn a controversial order issued by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa education department, making abaya compulsory for schools girls.

Although the notification was withdrawn late Monday night after an outcry, Ali Tareen presented an alternate plan to protect girls from harassment.

“Better sense prevailed. But I still think pepper spray is a good idea if local policy makers feel those girls need protection,” wrote Tareen, who is the son of senior PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen.

In another tweet, the cricket enthusiast also questioned the logic behind government’s decision to make abaya compulsory in all-girl schools.

“This is directed to Girl schools. In all-girl schools what ‘unethical incidents’ are they worried about? If the male staff is so untrustworthy then I suggest the students be instructed to bring pepper spray instead of chadars,” he added.

In an official circular yesterday, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Education Department directed heads of government girls schools to make sure that girls were wearing abaya or gown to cover up in order to protect themselves from unethical incident.