ISLAMABAD The ban on a purely religious tradition (Burqa) by a so-called 'liberal' and 'protector of individual's rights' nation like France is likely to spark anger in Pakistan where the religious organisations are planning a mass demonstration against the French move. The French Parliamentary Commission's move to ban the burqa, or full veil, at public places such as buses, banks and hospitals, is the most recent skirmish in the ongoing culture war between Islam and the West. Many in Pakistan consider it highly ridiculous that the champions of human rights including France have violated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which ensures freedom of thought, conscience and religion with regard to other countries. The ban on wearing Burqa has shown its true colours of narrow approach towards individuals rights, they said. They raised a question that why were the champions of human rights raising objections when the Talibans, as part of Talibanisation, had banned shaving beards. Why are they not objecting the French ban on use of veil by women, they maintained. Has a ban been ever imposed on the use of Sikhs turban, they raised a point saying, If not, why the Muslim women are the target alone. Ironically, French Justice Minister Michele Alliot-Marie told the Parliament that the ban was meant for only respecting Frances republican principles. France, the land of secularism, guarantees respect for all religions (but) hiding the face under a face-covering veil is against public social order, whether it is forced or voluntary, she said. As a matter of fact some other European countries including Belgium and Spain are mulling the similar bans, but critics of the law in its proposed form believe that it is too broadly framed and that it will eventually be overturned as unconstitutional and discriminatory. Although, Pakistan, like majority of other Muslim countries, is yet to respond to the same 'attack on Muslims, however, religious organisations in Pakistan are likely to drive the masses to the roads to urge the government to review its relationship with France, said a source. We have not fixed the date of protest in this regard, however, we are planning it, an activist of a religious organisation told this correspondent on Wednesday requesting not to be named. It is interesting to note here that France has recently flouted the EU Law with mass Deportations of Roma Gypsies. A 2004 EU law forbids collective deportations from one of the Unions member states to another; however, France has recently violated this law by deporting Roma Gypsies. According to news reports emanating from EU, France was forced on to the defensive over Nicolas Sarkozys crackdown on the Roma population two days back, after the European Commission threatened the French government with legal action, labelling the policy disgraceful and comparing it to the Second World War deportations. In her first direct criticism of France, Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Justice, attacked the Sarkozy government over the mass expulsions of Roma people and accused it of adopting duplicity in its dealings with Brussels. Reding likened the recent deportation of almost 1,000 Gypsies to Romania and Bulgaria to Vichy Frances treatment of Jews in the Second World War. The reports stated that the volte-face was triggered by the leak of a French government document demonstrating that Gypsies from Romania and Bulgaria were the explicit targets of Sarkozys policy to shut down 300 immigrant encampments, an apparent breach of the EU ban on ethnic discrimination. Over the past six weeks the French authorities had expelled almost 1,000 Romanians and demolished scores of camps, while repeatedly denying that the families were the target of the campaign.