By Saleem Iqbal Qadri, Srinagar Feb 21 IBNS | 8 months ago

Journalist fraternity on Friday resented the directions of the Army to refrain from wearing Kashmiri traditional dress 'pheran' if they want to attend the press conference that is going to be addressed by GOC Chinar Corps Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh on Feb 22 at Chinar Officers Institute here.

The emailed statement shot by Defense spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel N.N.Joshi to different media organizations in Kashmir reads that journalists, who want to attend the press briefing followed by lunch, should send a scanned copy of their identity card besides the contact number.

"You are all aware of the security requirements however, it is reiterated that you may refrain from wearing pheran," the email reads.

Expressing resentment for directing journalists not to wear pheran, journalist fraternity strongly objected the view of the Army and said that they fail to understand what pheran has to do with security.

Journalist Yousuf Jameel, on behalf of journalist fraternity in his emailed statement to Defense spokesperson, said, "You (Army) have asked the journalists, intending to cover the press conference, to refrain from wearing Pheran as a security requirement. We fail to understand how can the traditional dress of the people of Kashmir which has also been an integral part of their unique identity pose a security threat to anyone!"

The journalist fraternity asked the Army to withdraw these directions and issue a fresh invitation for covering the event.

"If the matter stays as it is now, we are constrained in attending the press conference," Jameel said.

After resistance on to ban on wearing pheran from Kashmir's journalist, the Indian Army withdrew the first invitation which was e-mailed to the journalists and issued new invitation where they mentioned: "There is no bar on dress code and it is as per your convenience."

(Posted on 21-02-2014)

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