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IPH director now sorry for Islamic dress code mandate

Earlier, Health Minister Zahid Maleque directed his ministry’s secretary and the director general of DGHS to take action

Update : 29 Oct 2020, 09:46 PM

With criticism growing over a notice making Islamic dress code mandatory for Muslim employees during office hours, the Institute of Public Health (IPH) Director Dr Muhammad Abdur Rahim cancelled the circular and apologized for it.

In a fresh notice on Thursday evening, Rahim wrote: “I’m cordially sorry for the notice [previous one] and from the core of my heart, I’m offering apologies to all for unwillingly publishing that.”


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“I’m begging sincere apologies from the entire nation and promising not to repeat such a mistake in future,” he added.

This comes after day-long uproar, especially from netizens, over Wednesday’s notice asking all male officials and staffers at the IPH to wear trousers over their ankles, and female employees to wear clothes covering their ankles, and to maintain hijab.


Also Read - Health minister orders immediate action against IPH dress code notice


It also instructed all the employees to keep their mobile phones switched off or silent while at work.

As the matter drew serious media attention and started sweeping the internet, the Health Services Division served him a notice to explain in three days why he issued the notice on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, later in the day, Health Minister Zahid Maleque directed his ministry’s secretary and the director general of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to take immediate action regarding the dress code notice.

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