Just days after Maulana Tariq Jamil’s flagship store opened its doors in Karachi, news of the brand selling nara’s (drawstrings) at a price of more than Rs 500 started circulating on social media with some people criticising the religious scholar for selling overpriced stuff.

However, according to a press release circulating on social media, the brand has denied the news of selling drawstrings.

“It has come to our notice that MTJ- Tariq Jamil is being accused of selling drawstrings (nara) for Rs.550 apiece,” reads the statement.

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“We would like to clarify that the news is fake.”

“We do not manufacture drawstrings (nara) and our stores and website have never placed such article for sale,” the statement added.

“Please beware of spreading false news and help us report those who are involved in this malpractice.”

Maulana Tariq Jamil was criticized for starting his own clothing brand despite being a religious cleric after which he shared a video message on his social media accounts to explain the reason for launching his own brand.

“Since 2000, I had been thinking about starting a business for my religious activities, especially to run a madrassa. During COVID-19’s lockdown, I have the opportunity to put that idea into practice.”

“That was my intention [to make the madrassas self sufficient] and a few of my friends collaborated with me, after which we launched a brand with my name,” he added.