Pakistan: Anti-music militancy increases in the north-western mountain region



Anti-music militancy increases in
north-western mountain area

Militants groups are targeting music, films and everything else they see as obscene, and the situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (previously known as the North-West Frontier Province) is deteriorating, reported Hanan Habibzai from Peshawar on 11 March 2011.

Music shops in Peshawar are struggling to stay open as the Taliban’s influence on daily life continues to spread further into government-controlled areas. One music shop owner, Shaid Gul, who used to own a chain of music shops across the tribal areas, has been forced to close all of his outlets.

“Now, our business has been ruined”, Gul says. “Our branches in Tal, Parra Chinar, Hango, Deera Ismail Khan and Kohat regions have been ruined. We also lost our branch in Sawat region. Our business remainss very small about 20 per cent of our business has survived’’, he said.

Many people are no longer playing music in their cars for fear of the reprisals if they get caught. Salamat Khan is a taxi driver in Peshawar. He told Hanan Habibzai:

“I love music, but I fear religious groups who are active here, may stop and punish me.”

For his article, Hanan Habibzai interviewed the 20-year-old singer Noor Jehan said:

“We work very limited. The situation is very bad. Sometime I think we should leave this business but we are obliged to continue to make a living.”

Hanan Habibzai is MA student in Coventry University, studying Global Journalism and Media Communication. He works for the BBC Pashto and Reuters. Read more…



Veterans Today Afghanistan Bureau – 11 March 2011:
‘Tribal Musicians caught up as militancy increases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’

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