A senior official at the Ministry of Culture said the play “pollutes young minds” and “should not be shown anywhere in Pakistan.” The Senate’s cultural committee concluded a venomous debate by issuing a recommendation that “plays not hurt the feelings of anyone.”

Everyone in the play, by the radical company Ajoka, wears a burka. Burqavaganza had run at the National Art Gallery in Islamabad, was banned, and then mounted again in defiance of the ban—the company said it would do another show, but then went ahead with another performance of Burqavaganza.

The money quote, from an official in Pakistan's Culture Ministry: "This is an Islamic democracy, not a working democracy."