Veiled women in Peshawar
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Why are more Pakistani women covering their faces?

21 December 2011 Last updated at 16:39 GMT

Most women in In Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have always kept their hair covered in public.

But increasingly many of them, especially young girls, can be seen wearing the niqab or full-face veil.

In this mainly conservative region, social pressure is often cited as the force behind the trend, but some women insist it is their own choice.

There is also a view that current fashion trends could be playing a role.

Video produced by BBC Urdu's Rifatullah Orakzai.