Courageous Pakistani actress: "I'd die so women can have the right to wear jeans"

Veena Malik has been savaged and branded a porn star for wearing shorts and bathing suits in public. God protect her from the Islamic religious fanatics.

UK DAILY MAIL –Veena Malik, who is one of Pakistan’s most prominent stars, has attacked hardline clerics who demand modest Muslims should be suitably covered at all times. The 32-year-old said that women should have the right to wear clothes that make them feel comfortable as well as good education and freedom from oppressive, outdated values.

‘If a woman is cool with wearing a burqa, she should wear a burqa. If a woman, being a Muslim, wants to wear jeans, then she should wear jeans. ‘That’s your right,’ she said in an interview with The Australian newspaper.

‘I’m not scared of anything, Being a woman, you will just target me because I’m a soft target. But I won’t take it. Even if I die.’

She also launched a stringent attack on honour killings, highlighting that women were always the target and not men. ‘Have you ever heard that they’ve thrown acid in a guy’s face in Pakistan?,’ she asked.

Miss Malik has starred in a large number of ‘Lollywood’ movies –  the term used to describe films made in Lahore. But she found greater fame when she took part in Big Boss 4, the Indian version of Big Brother last year.

Dressed in shorts and seen hugging actor Ashmit Patel as well as swimming with Baywatch star Pamela Anderson , she was accused of behaving improperly by some Muslim clerics.

Miss Malik has also been accused of being a porn star. However, her refreshingly outspoken views have won her many fans from Pakistan’s younger and more liberal circles.

Confronted about her ‘immoral’ behaviour by cleric Mufti Abdul Qawi on a TV talk show, she snapped back that the country had far more important things to consider – including the rape of children in mosques.

‘I’m a Muslim woman, and I know my limits,’ she shouted back. The mufti appeared to be too astounded to respond.She has pledged to use her position to improve the education and prospects for women in her country, stating that these were more imporant than moralising over girls wearing jeans rather than the traditional shalwar kameez.