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PM: Kazakhstan will not impose hijab restrictions

Kazakhstan Materials 15 July 2011 14:25
The Kazakh government will not take legislative measures to restrict the wearing of a hijab, Prime Minister Karim Masimov said.
PM: Kazakhstan will not impose hijab restrictions

The Kazakh government will not take legislative measures to restrict the wearing of a hijab, Prime Minister Karim Masimov said, Interfax reported.

"I believe that the authorities must not ban the wearing of hijabs. We will not be taking any legislative and regulatory measures to ban this," he told a video online conference.

This issue is being strongly politicized not only in Kazakhstan, but also in other countries, he said.

"Religion, and Islam in particular, have the right to exist, and we must respect the religious beliefs of any person," Masimov said.

"We must be tough on the extreme forms that have nothing to do with religion, and both the government and the state must pursue the appropriate policy," he added.

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