Pakistan is officially changing its dress code to allow female casual dress
Pakistan’s Ministry of Women and Child Development has issued a directive for women to wear pants or skirts while traveling abroad and in public, and in private, in a bid to modernize the country’s dress code.
The government announced the change on Tuesday, saying the change will be implemented by March 1, 2018.
The new dress code is intended to promote “the social and cultural integrity of Pakistan, protect the country from sexual assault, promote respect for women and children and ensure women’s rights and safety.”
The ministry also announced a pilot program to make changes to Pakistani society by encouraging men to wear skirts.
The change, the ministry said, will also benefit Pakistanis who wear their headscarves to school.
The move comes as Pakistan is still reeling from the fatal shooting of a Pakistani man, Faisal Haqqani, in December.
The country is currently in a violent flare-up with a series of attacks on police, soldiers and civilians, which have claimed hundreds of lives.
In a statement, the countrys Ministry of Public Health and Family Welfare said it is “committed to ensuring that all women and girls wear appropriate clothing while travelling and in the public.”
According to the health ministry, the new dress guidelines include a minimum number of garments, as well as a limit of two items of clothing per woman.
The new dress codes also include a ban on “garments which are provocative or provocative-looking, including revealing garments.”
The department said women must wear “an open-toed skirt and pants,” and women should “wear loose-fitting pants that do not reveal any part of the body.”
The department added that “skirts, long-sleeved shirts and short-sleeve shirts must be in the same style as the pants.”
The department added the new guidelines are also aimed at ensuring that “a woman is not harassed while traveling.”
“The Ministry of Health and Child Welfare has also issued an advisory that a woman should not wear a headscarf while traveling and in government-run establishments and public places where women are expected to sit.
This includes public meetings and private gatherings,” the ministry added.
Earlier this month, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the country s military ordered a ban of all headscarve-wearing women from government offices and in other public spaces, which sparked a backlash from Muslim women and some secularist groups.
The government also launched a campaign called “Ban the Burqa,” which includes public education and a ban in schools, mosques and other places where students are expected.