LAHORE – Punjab Higher Education Minister Syed Raza Ali Gillani on Tuesday announced a new policy to promote hijab culture among students of all government colleges in Punjab.

Gillani further said that additional five numbers will be awarded to the students at the time of admission for wearing the hijab after the policy implemented.

The minister stated this while presiding over a meeting of divisional directors held at Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore. He further said that teachers will start their classes with reciting verses of Qur’an and Hadith.

Reacting to the latest announcement, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari took to Twitter stating: “and what will the boys do? What will students of a different religion do? Why does wearing a Hijab impact grades/marks ?!”

On the other hand, the Punjab government spokesperson has denied by stating that there is no policy in the province to make the hijab compulsory. The spokesperson said that it would be the statement of the minister, not the policy.