A day after the school education department banned the wearing of traditional Kashmiri attire, ‘Phiran’ in its zonal offices in the state, the National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah shared images of him and his father Farooq Abdullah in the attire.
Abdullah tweeted, “My father & I have worn pherans to official functions many times over the years & will continue to do so, silly government orders not withstanding. #dontbanourpheran #revokepheranban.”
My father & I have worn pherans to official functions many times over the years & will continue to do so, silly government orders not withstanding. #dontbanourpheran #revokepheranban. pic.twitter.com/nEsjpMd4XB
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) December 18, 2018
A similar ban was put in place in the civil secretariat. At the secretariat in Srinagar, post-ban the commoners wishing to visit the administrative departments are required to submit their phiran at the main gate.
Soon, the Zonal Education Officer issued an order implementing a ban on all official visits.
According to the order, “All the officials visiting this office are advised to visit with proper dress code during an official visit. It is recommended that no official will visit this office wearing ‘Feran’, traditional trousers and sleeper/Plastic shoes.”
Earlier, in 2014, Omar Abdullah had asked the Srinagar situated Army’s 15 Corps to withdraw their order in which they had asked the journalists to refrain from donning the Phiran.