May 30, 2007 / 1:00 AM / 13 years ago

Pakistani pop star told to cut girl's name from song

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered a pop singer to change his lyrics after a college girl complained that male students teased her by singing the song when she passed by, a court official said on Tuesday.

The court summoned the singer, Abrar-ul-Haq, last week after a girl called Parveen wrote to a newspaper saying she had stopped attending college in the eastern city of Lahore because of the harassment.

“The court has asked Abrar-ul-Haq to omit the name of the girl and some other objectionable words in his lyrics,” the court official said.

Haq, a well-known singer of Punjabi bhangra tunes, said he would abide by the court decision.

Lahore is the country’s most culturally rich and vibrant city, but while known for its liberals, artists, intellectuals and fun-loving people, it is also home to some of the most conservative sections of Pakistani society.

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