Each day, we are hearing news that have no association with the reality. Our media outlets, in the urge of hitting heights of viewership are often seen releasing news without any verification. One of such news was released today by all leading media outlets in Pakistan.
According to a number of news channels, Raza Ali Gillani, the Punjab Higher Education Minister announced that females of government colleges who cover their heads with Hijab will be awarded 5 extra marks.
Girls who cover their faces with Hijab will have extra 5 marks in the govt colleges, says Punjab Higher Education Minister Raza Ali Gillani pic.twitter.com/zDKpjNNs71
— Dunya News (@DunyaNews) March 14, 2017
According to the false sources, the implementation of this rule was to allow students to promote the practice of Hijab-culture in Punjab. In addition to this, a rumored waiver of 5% was to be given to female Hijabi students who had less than 65% attendance in their specific government institute. In short, the allegations stated that the government is offering favors in order to promote the culture of wearing Hijab in government institutes.
This Notice Was Released
— Ahmad Waleed (@AhmadWaleed) March 14, 2017
People On Social Media Couldn’t Believe That Punjab Government Could Implement Such A Thing
Please tell me its a very bad joke… https://t.co/ZL1T79JKzr
— . (@C_akke) March 14, 2017
— NadeemFarooqParacha (@NadeemfParacha) March 14, 2017
And It Was False!
Such an ideal speech by the PM regarding religious equality and harmony and tolerance.. Plz let this hijab news be false
— Sherry (@CherieDamour_) March 14, 2017
PPP’s Leader Aseefa Bhutto Had Her Say
…. and what will the boys do? What will students of a different religion do? Why does wearing a Hijab impact grades/marks ?! https://t.co/kgxlPveRpG
— Aseefa B Zardari (@AseefaBZ) March 14, 2017
— Ali Gul Pir (@Aligulpir) March 14, 2017
While the speculations and allegations kept increasing, Punjab Government denied the news by making the following tweet:
This is absolutely WRONG news … No such policy announced by Government of the Punjab … https://t.co/a0fnrwg9Db
— Govt Of The Punjab (@GovtOfPunjab) March 14, 2017
Punjab government denies considering Hijab policy for students
— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) March 14, 2017
Given how the government has denied the news, here’s to hoping all media outlets verify before causing such outburst in our country.