"If the army has in fact told journalists not to wear a pheran to Corps HQ events that is unacceptable and the order should be withdrawn,” Omar tweeted on Saturday:

“People wear their pheran with pride. It's part of our identity aside from the best way to stay warm in the cold. Can't ban pherans,” he added in his tweet.

An invitation to the press briefing for Saturday of the Commander of army's Srinagar-based 15th corps said that journalists should not come wearing 'pherans' during the briefing.

The local journalists on Friday protested the army's guideline saying a 'pheran', which is a tweed over garment worn by Kashmiris during the winter months, is a traditional Kashmiri dress.

The army's Srinagar-based PRO has withdrawn the guideline, saying it had been inadvertent.


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