|Militants emulating the Taliban have blown up numerous music shops in northwest Pakistan this week. In the regional capital, a bomb blast damaged almost all 40 shops in the Hussain CD market on 9 October 2007
Excerpts of the news-stream from the area:
Peshawar, Hussaini Plaza
Nishtarabad Video Shops Union President Sher Dil told Daily Times the violence against CD shops was orchestrated by intelligence agencies.
In a village a policeman was killed after militants had blown up three music shops deemed un-Islamic and traded fire with police, reported AFP. The following day, two blasts rocked a town damaging three more music shops and a hair salon. The barber lost both his hands in the explosion.
Witnesses said 30 to 40 militants, with their faces covered, reached the markets in the local main bazaar at about 1:30 am and asked some tailors working there to vacate their shops. As they left the market, they heard explosions and the attackers left.
Mingora and Lower Dir
Details said seven bomb blasts were carried out in Charbagh Tehsil and two in Nangoli village in Swat district. Intense firing followed the explosions in Charbagh town. However, no loss to life was reported.
In Batkhela, three explosions occurred in Diyar Khan Market, destroying a video shop and damaging seven others. Most of the blasts were reportedly aimed at harassing the people. In Lower Dir, two barber saloons were blown up at Kumbar Bazaar in Maidan on Monday night. The blasts carried out at the shops of two brothers, Karimullah and Hazratullah, also damaged 14 other shops. Thuds of the blasts were so deep and severe that people came out of their houses in panic.
At least 30 CD shops and music/video centres were destroyed in blasts at three Batkhela markets. Political authorities and Malakand Levy officials said Tuesday that the explosions razed to ground about 30 shops and centres including six in Shaan Market, 14 in Zaman Plaza and eight in Marhaba Market. The explosions also damaged shutters of nearby shops. The Malakand Levy has registered a case against unknown miscreants and started investigation.
CD shops in Karak attacked
The first blast took place in the Mubarik Shah CD centre early in the morning, damaging adjacent shops and injuring the owner of a hair-cutting salon, Dilfaraz, who was opening his shop at the time. The injured was taken to a local hospital from where he was shifted to Peshawar because of his critical condition.
One hour later, local people said, another bomb exploded outside the Junaid music and CD shop, damaging windowpanes and doors of nearby shops. The officials said a bomb disposal squad was called from Bannu after the first explosion, which combed the area for explosive devices. It defused a bomb placed outside the Bobby music and CD centre.
‘The Pakistan Taliban’