Karachi : The Pakistani government will provide burqa or abaya (scarf) to women going to Saudi Arabia to perform the Haj to ensure that they cover themselves as per Saudi norms.
Khuddam, the people designated as caretakers, "will be asked to ensure that Pakistani women there do not get out of their houses and hotels sans abayas", a senior official was quoted as saying by the Daily Times.
Religious Affairs Ministry Secretary Wakeel Ahmed Khan said that for the last three years, the Saudi Arabian government had been objecting to the way Pakistani women dress during the Haj.
Abayas or burqas have been made mandatory by the Saudi authorities. "This is why we will provide abayas to women who will go for Haj in 2007," Khan said.
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