A group of clerics with affiliation with Lal Masjid, have moved a petition at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday, seeking a ban on the Miss Veet Pakistan beauty pageant.

The petition was filed by Shuhada Foundation, which is affiliated with Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz. The president of the foundation, Tariq Asad, said in the petition that the pageant show was against the values of Islam and Pakistan, and therefore should be banned from airing on the television.

“This product [manufactured by the sponsor] aims at and advertises asking women to remove body hair to make themselves more sexually appealing to the opposite gender which is fundamentally shameful and against the injunction of Shariah,” the petition read.

The petitioner also submitted that the beauty pageant would ‘Indian-ise’ the culture of Pakistan and it should not be allowed to be run on TV.

“It [the pageant] would serve as a launching pad for beauty contests [that are] common in many western countries,” he submitted.

“Family ties would break and the values of society would deteriorate. If it [the pageant] is allowed to continue, it would degenerate the roots of our society’s culture.”

The petitioner also said that the content which is being aired on the television like dance shows, singing competition, movies and drama serials, were all against the teachings of Islam.

“Almost all channels are bent on tarnishing the culture of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The electronic media has become a red light screen,” he maintained.

The court has not yet taken up the issue. The maintainability of the petition will be decided once it is reviewed by the court.