Religious scholars in Pakistan have condemned the country's national airline for its decision to ban employees from sporting beards, terming the move as a violation of the Constitution and fundamental rights.
In a joint statement Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad along with others said the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) was trying to please Washington by banning its male cabin crew from having beards, the News reported.
The statement said PIA's new policy was a stark violation of Sunnah and an attempt to please the West.
The Ulema said that most western countries had adopted anti-Islamic policies and said PIA's latest move was a violation of the Constitution and of its employees' fundamental rights.
They cited the example of France which has banned Muslim girls from wearing head scarves.