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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

Twitter debate rages over Bushra Khan's niqab

She wore the full face veil while her husband Imran Khan was sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan on Friday 

In this screengrab taken from social media Bushra Bibi, the wife of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, is seen during his swearing in ceremony. 
In this screengrab taken from social media Bushra Bibi, the wife of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, is seen during his swearing in ceremony. 

Former cricketer Imran Khan became the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan on Friday, and the 66-year-old's new wife Bushra Bibi sat and watched the ceremony at President House in Islamabad.

The 40-year-old is known for her deep ties with Sufism, and she first met Khan in her capacity as his spiritual advisor. She was once married to senior government official Khawar Maneka, married Khan in February, and a few months after that the couple went to Makkah in Saudi Arabia on an Umrah pilgrimage.

Some Twitter users questioned her choice of a niqab veil at the ceremony, while others defended her, saying it was entirely her choice.

The mother-of-five also wore a full-face veil in her wedding pictures.

A photo made available by the political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) shows PTI chairman Imran Khan, third from left, sitting with his bride Bushra Bibi during his marriage ceremony in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf / EPA
The Khan's wedding ceremony.

On August 1, Denmark became the latest European country to formally ban full-face coverings, including the niqab and burqa - a move seen by many as little more than thinly-veiled racism.

Is the backlash against Bushra also just ethnocentrism at its worst? Here's an example of some of the Twitter debate:

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