Pakistan: Music returns to region amid scepticism

10 August 2016

The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the north-western region of Pakistan, announced a fund to support 500 artists, including musicians, in the area by giving them $300 USD per month to create and practice their art, reported Al Jazeera on 27 May 2016. Apart from the fund, the government is …

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Pakistan: Famed Sufi singer killed in drive-by shooting

23 June 2016

Two men suspected of killing Amjad Sabri, one of Pakistan’s most famous singers, were arrested by police as part of a city-wide crackdown in Karachi.

Freemuse calls for counter narratives to religious extremism On 22 June 2016, one of Pakistan’s most famous singers Amjad Sabri died in the port town of Karachi after two gunmen on a motorbike shot the singer in his car just a kilometre after leaving his home. The Taliban has claimed …

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Music Freedom Day in Pakistan: Call for cultural policy

4 March 2016

Participants gathered with great enthusiasm across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata to celebrate the annual Music Freedom Day, calling on their leaders to formulate a comprehensive cultural policy, reported Sher Alam Shinwari from the city of Peshawar on 3 March 2016. By Sher Alam Shinwari Senior artists, singers and writers at …

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Pakistan: DJs and singers silenced with new loudspeaker regulation

13 April 2015

In the Punjab province in Pakistan, DJs, singers and show organisers are threatening to launch province-wide protest if Police continues to register cases against them while seizing their music equipment and loudspeaker systems because of a new legislation, the ‘Punjab Sound System Regulation Ordinance 2015’. The Punjab Government enforced the …

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Pakistan: Drummer and performer killed by armed men

8 April 2015

In Swabi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, two people were killed in a violent attack in the middle of the night when a group of transgender dancers and musicians was returning home after performing a show at a wedding party. The attackers were waiting for the musicians and dancers in a …

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Pakistan: Artists and singers need safety, not a Censorship Act

3 March 2015

The local government of Pakistan’s northwest province wants to impose a Censorship Board Act to silence singers’ voices and curb artists’ activities, reports Sher Alam Shinwari from Peshawar By Sher Alam Shinwari The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) coalition government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the northwest province of Pakistan, has recently tabled a …

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Pakistan: Music shops disappeared as result of war on music

25 February 2015

Around 95 per cent of all music shops disappeared as result of war on music in Swat Valley. There was a time when Swat Valley in Northern Pakistan was described as the ‘Switzerland’ of the British Empire. Today the beautiful valley is under threat of the Taliban. The valley became …

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Pakistan: Women musicians speak out about ‘the gender challenge’

28 October 2014

In Pakistan today, women often find themselves unable to pursue music careers because of conservative family attitudes, political insecurity, and gender inequality. But certainly not all women, learned Sabrina Toppa, when she set out to investigate how the country’s ‘gender challenge’ affects musicians. Young, independent women are making a difference …

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Pakistan: Ban of social media has great impact on musicians

21 August 2014

As Pakistan continues to restrict access to social media platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, activist band Laal discusses the silencing effect that these bans have on artists, and speaks to the future of free expression. By Anushe Noor Faheem, with additional reporting by Annie Zaman Still from Laal’s video …

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Pakistan: Pashto singer Gulnaz killed by four gunmen

19 June 2014

» Dawn / AFP – 19 June 2014: Pashto singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar Pashto singer Gulnaz alias Muskan was killed in the Gulburg area of Peshawar Cantt. Police said unidentified gunmen entered the house of Gulnaz also known as Muskan and shot her dead. » Samaa – 19 …

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Pakistan: Voiceless singers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cry for security

2 March 2014

Black curtains have fallen on Pashto cinema in KP as militants have speeded up their attacks. Musicians are receiving death threats, being kidnapped and forced to leave their homes. Local government hopes a new cultural policy can change the desperate situation for artists in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. By Sher Alam Shinwari, …

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Pakistan: The day the music died in Karachi

4 November 2013

This article describes a presentation by Pakistani architect and planner, activist, teacher, social researcher and writer Arif Hasan who spoke at the first international Karachi conference about “The day the music died in Karachi”. Historian and architect Arif Hasan’s cross-sector approach to the Pakistani history is interesting. He talks about …

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Pakistan: Online music video banned by Telecommunication Authority

30 April 2013

“They are helping us by making this video controversial,” Beygairat Brigade’s lead singer Ali Aftab Saeed said to Pakistan’s The Express Tribune, after the band’s online music video ‘Dhinak Dhinak’ was banned by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. Beygairat Brigade put out their new song, ‘Dhinak Dhinak’, on Vimeo on 20 April …

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18 March 2013

    Pakistan: Manifestations of tolerance and acceptance of music, art and culture On Music Freedom Day 2013 at a local hotel in Peshawar, music lovers put their voices together to ensure the freedom of artistic and musical expressions. 04 March 2013 Pakistan: The undeclared ban on playing music lingers …

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Pakistan: The undeclared ban on playing music lingers on

1 March 2013

During the last decade, Pashto music has lost artists and singers of high repute. Some have preferred to seek political asylum in the foreign countries. Many are living a miserable life. Receiving threats from militants has become a routine matter. But have things improved lately? Sher Alam Shinwari set out …

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Pakistan: The undeclared ban on playing music lingers on

1 March 2013

      During the last decade, Pashto music has lost artists and singers of high repute. Some have preferred to seek political asylum in the foreign countries. Many are living a miserable life. Receiving threats from militants has become a routine matter. But have things improved lately? Sher Alam …

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Pakistan: Popular singer gunned down in music market

19 June 2012

A young singer, Ghazala Javed, was shot dead on 18 June 2012 along with her father by two unknown armed men The incident happened in the busy Mohallah Nau of Dabgari Garden in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, where the singer was on her way to …

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Pakistan: Death sentences for dancing at a wedding party

4 June 2012

Pakistani media is bringing confusing reports from northern Pakistan about a tribal court which allegedly handed down death penalty to four women and two men for dancing at a wedding party. Rumours said the four women from Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhunkhwa were shot dead by their families. However police …

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Pakistan: Artists camp reflect on aspects of intolerance and terrorism

28 May 2012

  In Peshawar, Pakistan, on 7-27 May 2012, a two week camp for international artists aims to discuss and understand the phenomenon of terror. The camp is entitled ‘Face Off’. The camp and its workshops will include multidisciplinary artist from USA, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Afghanistan, Iran and India as …

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Pakistan: We want to defeat terrorism through music, says culture minister

19 March 2012

  Mian Iftikhar Hussain, Khyber Pakthunkhwa’s culture minister, told Inter Press Service in an interview that his government wants to reverse the policies of the former MMA government which banned musical concerts. “We want to defeat terrorism through music and art,” the minister said – confident that the provincial government …

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Pakistan: Four CD shops destroyed in explosion

12 March 2012

  Four music shops were completely destroyed after an explosion in a market in the Takhtbhai district situated in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa province, reported Pakistan Press Foundation via IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange. 21 other businesses were partially damaged along with the four CD shops. The explosion was caused …

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Pakistan: Punjab Assembly bans concerts in educational institutions

25 January 2012

On 24 January 2012 the Punjab Assembly in Lahore passed a resolution that bans holding of ‘objectionable’ musical concerts in all public and private educational institutions of the province with 90 million people. This move came two weeks after three students were killed in a stampede at a concert in Lahore. …

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Pakistan: Music returns to some of Pakistan’s tribal areas

18 January 2012

In parts of Pakistan’s tribal areas, music is starting to return, reported Free Speech Radio News in a radio report on 16 January 2012. The music starts, and young boys begin to clap and dance. After four years without music, people are enthusiastic and energetic. “Music and social interaction is …

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Pakistan: Taliban campaign against music still in full swing

16 November 2011

  Militants bombed or torched more than a dozen music shops in the second week of November 2011 in the Swabi district of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province and the city of Miramshah in North Waziristan, according to numerous reports, wrote Majeed Babar for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty. Reportedly the …

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Pakistan: Freemuse network will document attacks on musicians

15 November 2011

  At a two day workshop held in Islamabad 12-13 November a Pakistani network was set up in support of musicians and composers at risk. During the past years several artists have been abducted, killed and persecuted in Pakistan. Hundreds of CD shops have been bombed, but although the situation …

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Pakistan: Bomb blast destroys music and video market in Peshawar

21 September 2011

Six people were killed and over 37 injured in a bomb explosion on Monday 19 September 2011 that targeted a music and video CD market in Peshawar, reported Pakistan Press Foundation and other news agencies. After a couple of years where the terrorists shifted their targets to security forces and …

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Pakistan: Broad instability spelled an end to art in Swat Valley

14 September 2011

  In-depth article about the development for artists in Swat Valley since 2007, written by Shaheen Buneri, a journalist working for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty’s Mashaal Radio in Prague, Czech Republic. Three excerpts: The changes began in July 2007 when Maulana Fazlullah, a 32-year-old lift operator turned Taliban …

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Pakistan: Threats from the Taliban sends sarod player into exile

22 August 2011

  Asad Qazalbash, Pakistan’s only accomplished sarod player, has left the country due to a declaration by the Pakistani Taliban that music is un-Islamic, wrote blogger Mohammad Shehzad on 10 August 2011. Asad Qazalbash who was living and working as a musician in Islamabad is reported to have sought political …

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Pakistan: The Taliban’s war on music has done lasting damage

8 August 2011

It will take a long time for Swat’s musical culture to recover from the Taliban’s crackdown on music, reported Shaheen Buneri from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty on 3 August 2011. The Swat Valley was once the only place in Pakistan’s Pashtun regions where women could pursue careers as …

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Pakistan: Terror campaign by religious militants against Sufi worshippers

8 April 2011

In the sixteenth attack on Sufi shrines in two years, Taliban suicide bombers killed 49 and injured 93 Sufi devotees at a shrine where they were celebrating the anniversary of its founder’s death with music and meditation. Sufi Muslim devotees are condemned as ‘un-Islamic’ by fundamentalist groups because they worship …

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Pakistan: CD markets bombed – once again

24 February 2011

The bombings of CD markets in Chato Chowk Mardan and Umarzai Charsadda in beginning of February 2011 suggests that militants are once again threatening the entertainment industry in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province as well as elsewhere in Pakistan, reported Central Asia Online. A 2007-2008 wave of CD and music shop bombings …

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Pakistan: Singer kidnapped by religious militants

8 December 2010

On 26 November 2010, unidentified militants kidnapped Musharraf Bengash, a Pashtun singer from the Mir Ali area in North Waziristan. Later, a jirga negotiated his release, reported Shaheen Buneri from Radio Mashaal. Musharraf Bengash sings mainly of rural themes, with his music embodying a nationalistic zeal. Shaheen Buneri writes: “The …

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Pakistan: Musicians and artists are returning to Swat Valley

26 November 2010

After a military operation against the religious extremists, artists are now returning back to Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, reported The Express Tribune. Fazal Khaliq wrote for The Express Tribune: “The Swat valley, once famous site for shooting local Pashto dramas and video songs, was completely paralysed after the local …

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Pakistan: Music school closed after threats from extremists

25 October 2010

A group of religious extremists threatened Asad Qazilbash, a renowned sarood player in Islamabad, to stop giving lessons and remove the signboard for his music school. Asad Qazilbash was shell-shocked when he learned that his 12-year-old son, while playing in the street with his friends, had been approached by a …

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Pakistan: Fundamentalists attacked a music gathering

6 September 2010

Freemuse has received a report that in the evening on 5 September 2010 a group of religious fundamentalists attacked a music gathering in Nowshera District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The group took some singers hostage for few hours. The singers were there to perform and collect donations for the flood affectees. …

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7 April 2010

Sorted alphabetical by author’s first name: Somalia: Music ban on radio stations was expected On 3 April 2010, the commander for Hisbul Islam in Mogadishu issued a 10-day ultimatum to radio stations to stop broadcasting music or face Sharia-based penalties By Abdulkadir M. Wa’ays 07 April 2010 Somalia: Music suppressor …

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Book by Salman Ahmad: ‘Rock & Roll Jihad’

10 February 2010

Pakistan / USA:Salman Ahmad: ‘Rock & Roll Jihad – A Muslim Rock Star’s Revolution’   Salman Ahmad was lead singer and guitarist in the Pakistani rock band Junoon, one of the most popular rock groups in South Asia with 30 million record sales. In his book ‘Rock & Roll Jihad’ he …

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Pakistan: Five injured and 10 music shops damaged by bomb blast

10 February 2010

  Five people were injured and 10 shops damaged in a bomb blast on 28 January 2010 in a music and video market in the small town of Jand in Attock District of Pakistan’s Punjab province. According to press reports, some construction workers spotted a suspicious box in the CD …

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Pakistan: Music stores are rebuilt in Swat valley

14 November 2009

In 2008, the Taliban militants in the north-western Pakistani valley of Swat imposed a ban on all forms of artistic expression. Now that the Taliban are no longer a force in Swat, culture has made a comeback, reported Shaheen Buneri to BBC South Asia.   Cultural life of the Yousafzai …

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Pakistan: Marked for death by the Taliban

24 August 2009

Interview with an exiled Pakistani singer in the US who wished to remain anonymous out of concern for the safety of his family at home in Pakistan. Austin Dacey, a philosopher who serves as an adviser to Freemuse, asked the singer what he makes of the argument that music leads …

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Pakistan: Lahore feels under siege

31 July 2009

Pakistan’s performing artists face deadly occupational hazards. In Lahore, the city’s music festival was bombed, and cafés and theatres are bombed in co-ordinated overnight raids, BBC News’ David Loyn reported on 27 July 2009 “Pakistan feels like a country on a hinge of history. This year for the first time …

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Pakistan: 800 music shops bombed over three years

9 July 2009

“No doubt this is the most critical phase in the history of our province,” writes journalist Shaheen Buneri about the situation in north-western Pakistan where he is based. “The singers and muscians are living a hard life, and most of them are displaced from their homes. My heart pains!,” he …

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Pakistan: ‘Musicians are in panic’, says popular singer

23 June 2009

“Colleagues, including musicians, singers, and other art performers, are in panic. We are all at risk,” ‘Zeek’ Afridi, an up-and-coming singer from Pakistan’s embattled city of Peshawar, told correspondents of Radio Liberty. Zeek often receives threats via SMS from the Taliban, reported Kristin Deasy and Sharifa Esmatullah in a feature …

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Afghanistan and Pakistan: Understanding the Taliban’s campaign against music

23 June 2009

  Renowned British ethnomusicologist John Baily and Freemuse executive director Marie Korpe spoke to Radio Liberty correspondent Abubakar Siddique about the Taliban’s campaign against music and musicians in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Excerpts: By Abubakar Siddique, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty correspondent The Taliban justifies their crackdown on artists by …

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Pakistan: High Court imposes ban on ‘immoral songs’

28 April 2009

 On 27 April 2009 the Lahore High Court imposed a ban on songs by the two Lahore singers Naseebo Lal and Nooro Lal, deeming them ‘indecent, immoral’ and ‘against the values of a Muslim society’, reported The News International. According to the newspaper, justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry also issued notices to the …

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Pakistan: Singer shot dead by her brothers

28 April 2009

Pashto singer Shamim Aiman Udas was murdered on 26 April 2009. According to her husband, she was killed by her own brothers, reported the Pakistani newspapers Daily Times and The News. Immediately after the killing of Aiman Udas, it was largely suspected that religious militants might have killed her because …

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Pakistan: Four men shaved as punishment for listening to music

26 April 2009

 In the district of Buner, just 100 kilometres from the capital Islamabad, a terrified young man told a reporter from Associated Press that Taliban militants had shaved the heads and moustaches of him and three friends for listening to music late in the evening of 25 April 2009. “I was …

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Pakistan: Music has died in the Swat valley

23 April 2009

Musical expressions are completely banned and ruthlessly discouraged in the newly founded Taliban state of Swat in the north-western part of Pakistan. Hundreds of singers, musicians and women dancers have fled for other provinces. By Khushal Yousafzai, Freemuse’s correspondent in Mingora The few singers and musicians who remain in the …

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Pakistan/USA: Salman Ahmad: Obama should listen to Pakistani artists

13 March 2009

As the Taliban silence music in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, Freemuse ambassador and singer Salman Ahmad denounces the Pakistani peace accord with the Taliban.   American president Barack Obama has promised to listen to the Muslim world. He can start by listening to Pakistani artists who embody peace, …

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Pakistan: Harmonium player Anwar Gul murdered by militants

16 February 2009

On 15 December 2008, a group of musicians were attacked by armed men. Two days later at a hospital in Peshawar, the harmonium player Anwar Gul died from his wounds. By Shaheen Buneri – Freemuse’s correspondent in Pakistan                        Anwar Gul Photo by Asad Danish It was a chilling cold …

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Pakistan: Sardar Yousafzai

4 February 2009

    Audio interview with the singer Sardar Yousafzai who survived an attempt on his life on 15 December 2008. A band of unidentified militants targetted his car in Malakand area of North Western Pakistan to punish him for his work as a popular Pashto singer. Earlier, a number of …

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Human Rights for Musicians – Impressions & Descriptions: Deeyah

30 January 2009

PUBLICATIONS   TEN YEARS WITH FREEMUSE     IMPRESSIONS & DESCRIPTIONS   Deeyah Musician and composer, Norway / Pakistan       Music has been an intrinsic part of not only my life but human life and the development of every people, society and culture throughout history. Music possesses the …

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Pakistan: Gulzar Alam

26 January 2009

Audio interview with the popular Pashtun singer Gulzar Alam who escaped an attack on his life on 16 October 2008. Freemuse talked to Gulzar Alam about the incident and his feeling as a singer when Taliban militants bombed hundreds of music shops in the restive north-western Pakistan. The interview was …

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Pakistan: Taliban kill dancer in Swat valley

15 January 2009

Shabana, one of Pakistan’s celebrated dancers, was shot dead in Mingora on 2 January 2009 after defying the Taliban’s ban on music and dance. Armed men reportedly dragged Shabana away from her home in Banr Bazaar, and she begged them to shoot her rather than slit her throat. Her body …

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North-west Pakistan: Jihadi hymns replace music

29 December 2008

The rapidly growing influence of the Taliban in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province has left the areas’ singers and musicians with few choices: Either quit singing or face the wrath of different Taliban groups. By Shaheen Buneri – reporting for Freemuse from Peshawar   In this newspaper advertisement published by …

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Pakistan: Musician threatened in Karachi

8 December 2008

 Musician and singer Noel Jamshaid was threatened with “dire consequences” by unidentified persons in Karachi, reported Rehman Saman on 21 September 2008. The newsletter Minorities Concern of Pakistan wrote: “Some men halted Noel Jamshaid when he was on his way home around 9 PM on his motorbike. They jolted him …

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Pakistan / Denmark: Pervaiz Akhtar

29 October 2008

Pakistani musician Pervaiz Akhtar, today based in Denmark, explains (in Danish language) about his personal experiences with music censorship in Pakistan.   The interview was held in connection with a ‘Concert against music censorship’ which was organised by the Danish Refugee Council in Copenhagen on 24 October 2008. After the …

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Pakistan: ‘The Miscreants’ – The popular culture of war in Pakistan

20 October 2008

The Australian documentary film director George Gittoes gets up close to the clash of fundamentalism and entertainment, virtual and real, in this off beat doc-drama mix, in which he enters the no-go zone of the Taliban controlled Tribal Belt in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province.   Included in the Taliban’s list …

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Pakistan: Music breaks chains in North West Pakistan

21 May 2008

The melody of Pashto music has been in chains for the last five years. The former government of a six-party religious alliance imposed curbs on music in public and a consequent wave of militancy targeted singers, musicians and music shops all over the province. Today the Pashto melody has found …

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Pakistan: Music and militancy in the frontier (radio report)

25 February 2008

An executive order banning music shops spread shock and fear among 200 shop owners Reporter: Marvaiz Khan Duration: 6 minutes 44 seconds Language: Pashto BRIEF This radio report tells about religious militants’ attacks on music centres, and the reactions from the owners of the music business in Swat Valley of …

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Pakistan: Musicians and singers live in danger

13 December 2007

A complete ban on all singing and dancing is implemented in Mingora city in northern Pakistan. Music concerts and cultural stage shows have stopped, and the singers and dancers have been thrown out of business, reports M. Ilyas Khan from the Swat region for the BBC News. In the past few …

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Pakistan: Attack on hotel where music was played

18 September 2007

Dozens of local Taliban extremists attacked and ransacked a hotel in Mingora in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, because people were dancing and playing music there, reports The Asian Age on 12 September 2007. “In Mingora, dozens of local Taliban attacked and ransacked a hotel on Kalam Fizagat Road where …

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Pakistan: Taliban group issues new ban on sale of music

23 August 2007

If you sell music CDs and cassettes in Zargari and other areas in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, you will now be fined 50,000 rupees, reports Daily India on 22 August 2007 By Freemuse A ban on music has been imposed by a local Taliban council in Zargari, …

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Pakistan: Religious music prohibition discussed in popular movie

6 August 2007

The highest grossing film of Pakistan of all time, ‘In the name of God’, is a story about a musician who gives up music because a fundamentalist cleric says music is forbidden according to Islam.   The Pakistani Urdu-language movie ‘In the name of God’ (‘Khuda Kay Liye’) has won …

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Pakistan: Religious extremists destroyed 25 music shops

4 July 2007

In June 2007 alone, there were more than 20 bomb attacks on music shops in north-west Pakistan. On 4 July, five more music shops were set ablaze with petrol for “promoting obscenity and destroying religious values” By Pakistan Press Foundation, PPF, in Karachi The incident on 4 July 2007 happened …

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Pakistan: Intensified campaign against music

8 May 2007

Attacks on music shops. Music players in cars destoyed. Ban on the sale of CDs and cassettes. Religious militants’ violent attacks on property belonging to people who sell, play or listen to music are intensified in north-western Pakistan, reports the news agencies Within one week 20 music shops are reported …

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Pakistan: Music business faces serious threats in North West Pakistan

23 April 2007

1,200 owners of music centres have been warned by Islamic hardliners of “serious consequences” if they fail to close down their “immoral business”. On 21 April 2007, three more owners of video and music shops experienced the seriousness of these threats when their shops in Swabi were blown up by …

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Pakistan: Religious extremists request radio to stop its music programmes

18 April 2007

The radio station Dera Radio was asked by unknown callers to stop it’s music programmes for religous reasons According to the Pakistani newspaper Daily Express the unknown callers gave threatening warnings to the radio station in Dera Ismail Khan in North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan. In intimidation calls, the radio station …

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Pakistan: Music CDs burned in the streets of Islamabad

8 April 2007

Students of a religious seminary burnt music CDs, video recorders and tv-sets worth 1.5 million rupees (app. 25,000 US dollars) in the federal capital of Pakistan on Friday 6 April 2007. They also issued warnings to the owners of music centres to close down their ‘un-Islamic’ businesses within one month By …

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Pakistan: Fear and persecution follows Afghan musicians

4 April 2007

  Fear and persecution forced them to leave Afghanistan. Now it is haunting them in north-west Pakistan. Islamists’ continous attacks on music centres send fear across the region and make the Afghan singers living in Peshawar feel insecure. They experience lack of job opportunities, and are on the verge of …

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Pakistan: Islamic music prohibition discussed on Danish tv

19 March 2007

‘Our prophet was born to do away with loud music’, a mullah from Pakistan’s second-largest mosque was quoted as saying in a report from Pakistan on the national tv-channel DR1 on 18 March 2007 “This is a big crisis, and this is turning many Pakistanis into a more and more schizofrenic …

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Pakistan: Extremists kill one, injure two in music shop attacks

18 March 2007

Two separate terrorist attacks on music centres left one killed and two seriously injured in Mardan and Peshawar respectively as extremist religious groups have intensified their campaign against all forms of entertainment in north-west Pakistan By Marvaiz Khan, Freemuse’s correspondent reporting from Peshawar Saturday night 17 March 2007 activists of …

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Pakistan: Music and video shop blown away

15 March 2007

“Close within three days – or you will be blown away.” This threat by the religious extremists became a glaring reality when a music and video centre was blown away on 13 March 2007 in the Bakhshali Village of District Mardan in north-west Pakistan By Marvaiz Khan, Freemuse’s correspondent reporting …

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Pakistan: Music centres threatened by religious extremists

10 March 2007

 “Close within three days – or you will be blown away”. A campaign launched by a religious leader against listening to music has taken a dangerous turn in Swat Valley of North-West Frontier Province, reports our correspondent from Pakistan, who on 4 March 2007 met with the clerk and his …

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Pakistan: Fine for playing music in taxi, music shop attacked

3 March 2007

Having banned music in Pakistan’s tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, the Taliban are now imposing a fine of 500 rupees for any one playing it in public, reports several news agencies Taxi drivers complain that even possession of a CD player in their vehicles is enough to invite the 500 rupees …

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Pakistan: Bus drivers threatened not to play music

25 February 2007

  An organisation called Mujahideen Bajaur has warned public transport drivers in Bajaur to stop the “un-Islamic act” of playing music in buses, reported The Dawn – Pakistan’s most widely circulated English language newspaper   According to Mujahideen Bajaur, playing music in buses is an un-Islamic act which should be …

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Pakistan: Music video about 9/11 censored

21 February 2007

The Pakistani-Canadian rock group Falak has been blacklisted on MTV Pakistan After having aired the music video for their song ‘Yadein II’ for a couple of months, the tv channel deemed it too controversial because of its images related to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New …

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Pakistan: Call for music centres to be closed

26 September 2006

MMA’s member of North-West Frontier Province Assembly Zakir Shah has called for a complete closure of music centres, cinemas and cable services and ban on video games and obscenity-oriented activities during the holy month of Ramzan While addressing a press conference on 21 September 2006 at the Peshawar Press Club …

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Pakistan: Two more music shops bombed

13 September 2006

Bombs damaged two music shops in a bazaar in Bannu in north-western Pakistan on 11 September 2006. Explosions damaging music shops are increasingly shaking up the area. For almost five years, Pakistani soldiers and paramilitary forces have battled local tribesmen, many believed allied to the Taliban from Afghanistan and Osama …

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Pakistan: Students protest against music classes

13 September 2006

In Lahore, the student wing of Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) has intensified its protest campaign against the start of music classes in Punjab University, writes   IJT activists have been staging protests inside the university premises on a daily basis against the decision to start a master’s level programme, …

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