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Even a mock fashion show irks Pak radicals!

Fundamentalist group Jamaat-e-Islami's forced the Lahore College for Women University to call off a mock fashion show.

world Updated: Jan 06, 2006 19:30 IST

The youth wing of the Pakistan-based fundamentalist organisation Jamaat-e-Islami's (JI) forced the Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) to call off a mock fashion show to be organised by its students of Fine Arts Department as a part of their course curriculum to display their fashion creations.

The university described the move to sabotage the fashion show by the activists of IJT (Islami Jamiat Talaba) as a "dirty move".

The LCWU's Fine Arts Department had decided to conduct a mock fashion show for the internal examination of Fashion Design students of Bachelor in Fine Arts on December 27, and allowed the students to wear their work to display it to the internal examiners for practical experience and professional training.

The students were also allowed to advertise the show with a banner as a part of their professional training. No one, however, was invited or allowed to see the fashion show.

But, according to the Daily Times, an IJT activist calling herself an LCWU student, telephoned newspaper officers in Lahore and invited them to the 'fashion show' for 'coverage'.

Reporters from several national newspapers received the call, from a number of Mansoora, the JI headquarter on Multan Road.

Following the invitations, the IJT published a press release and gave statements condemning the 'fashion show' calling it a promotion of immoral and obscene culture.

IJT women activists demanded action against the university administration.

Many university students, teachers and the university administration condemned the move by the IJT.

They said the scheme was meant to defame the university for political advantage.

"The press was invited to allow the IJT to call the activity a 'fashion show' and to be able to declare it immoral and obscene," said a university teacher.

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 18:20 IST