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Boris Johnson to be probed for burqa comments: source

LONDON: Former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson will be investigated for a possible breach of the Conservative Party’s code of conduct after making comments about Muslim women who wear burqas, a party source said on Thursday. The source said a number of complaints had been received and would be considered by an independent panel. A spokesman for the party declined to confirm the investigation. “The code of conduct process is strictly confidential,” he said in a statement. The source said a number of complaints had…

Boris Johnson should apologize over ‘burqa’ comments says PM May

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May backed calls Tuesday for her former foreign minister Boris Johnson to apologize for disparaging comments he made about Muslim women wearing burqas — but he branded his critics "ridiculous". May said his remarks "have clearly caused offense" and agreed with the chairman of her Conservative party, Brandon Lewis, who had asked Johnson to apologize. "I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use. And some of the terms Boris used describing…

Burqa-clad man harassing college girls arrested in Gujranwala

GUJRANWALA: Police in Gujranwala on Wednesday arrested a burqa-clad man who was found harassing girls inside a college, ARY News reported. The youth entered the Government Postgraduate College and attended a class clad in a burqa, harassing and annoying the college girls for over an hour. The girls complained to the college principal. When the burqa to lifted, it was revealed that it was a man after which he was handed over to the police. Police said that the youth named Zawar Hussain was a student of zoology at the…

Morocco bans production and sale of burqas

RABAT: Morocco has banned the production and sale of burqa full-face Muslim veils, apparently for security reasons, media reports said Tuesday. While there was no official announcement by authorities in the North African nation, the reports said the interior ministry order would take effect this week. "We have taken the step of completely banning the import, manufacture and marketing of this garment in all the cities and towns of the kingdom," the Le360 news site quoted a high-ranking interior ministry official as…

Dutch MPs approve partial ban on burqa wearing in public

THE HAGUE: Dutch MPs on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to ban the Islamic full-face burqa from some public places such as schools and hospitals, the latest such move in a European country. "The law is adopted," said the speaker of the lower house of parliament, Khadija Arib, referring to legislation which will also ban burqas, and face coverings just with eye-slits, from public transport. The motion "to ban all clothing which completely covers the face" from government buildings was approved by 132 members in the…

Bulgaria bans the burqa in public places

SOFIA: Bulgaria's parliament has on Friday banned the wearing of face veils in public including niqabs and burqas in a move which drew criticism from the Amnesty International. The "burqa ban" law, pushed by the nationalist Patriotic Front coalition, echoes similar measures in western European countries such as France, the Netherlands and Belgium which have various laws banning the wearing of niqab full-face veils or head-to-toe burqas. People who do not comply with the ban in Bulgaria face fines of up to 1,500 levs ($860),…