— File Photo.
— File Photo.

LANDI KOTAL, May 28: The Bara-based banned militant group, Lashkar-i-Islam, has made obligatory the offering of five-time prayers, keeping a beard and wearing a cap for men and veil (burqa) for women in the areas under its control.

Declaring the new fatwa (edict) on behalf of LI chief Mangal Bagh, the local commanders at Baaz Garha – a town of around 300 families located 15 kilometres west of Bara Bazaar – told an assembly of around 200 terrified residents that anyone violating any of these restrictions would be fined Rs1,000.

Sources said that the residents, mostly of Kamarkhel tribes, were assembled at the centre of the village after announcements through loadspeakers of local mosques. The were also ‘ordered’ to send at least one volunteer from each family into the LI ranks, sources said and added that they had been warned that a monthly fine of Rs1,000 would be collected from families who failed to send volunteers to the LI.

Written pamphlets were pasted at prominent places and distributed among the residents of the area to make new restrictions public.

Baaz Garha, a rugged terrain of mountains, is considered a stronghold of the LI and a number of its commanders hail from the same locality. The sources said that most of the LI commanders and volunteers had taken refuge in parts of Tirah after security forces’ operations in the area.

Baaz Garha had in the recent past witnessed bloody clashes between the security forces and LI activists. The hilltops overlooking the Baaz Garha town are mostly occupied by security forces, but the LI still has considerable presence and influence in the area.

The sources said that scores of LI activists, mostly belonging to the area, had descended from their hideouts in Tirah and now been trying to reassert their control in Baaz Garha.

The political administration has long abandoned the region, leaving the residents at the mercy of either security forces or the militants.

It was learnt that with the imposition of a radical agenda by the LI, a number of Kamarkhel families had started moving out of their area, leaving behind their belongings.

The sources said that the LI activists had torched the houses of four elders of Kamarkhel tribe in Takhtaki area of Tirah, who had formed a peace committee before the banned outfit took control of the area in February this year. The peace activists included Azmat Khan, Baghcha Gul, Mautabar Khan and Momin Khan whose families had long vacated their houses.

Local sources said that the LI had destroyed and looted around 40 houses of their opponents in Takhtaki during the last three months. The entire population of Takhtaki has fled the area after the militants’ onslaught.

Meanwhile, residents of Sheen Qamar, a border town near Baaz Garha, have demanded of the security forces to arrange for an additional convoys to take the residents stranded at the Levies centre in Jamrud to their homes.

Mujahid Afridi, a resident of Sheen Qamar, told this scribe via cell phone that he along with some 30 men had been waiting at the Levies centre for the last one week for the convoy to take them home.

He said that most of them were daily wage earners and wanted to take home essential daily-use items after earning some money in Peshawar where they worked as labourers. He said that the edibles they wanted to take home had perished due to days of waiting, while they had spent most of their hard earned money at the Levies centre.

Saadullah Khan, another resident of Sheen Qamar, demanded of the security forces to increase the number of convoys as it took them weeks to travel to their village and then come to Jamrud or Peshawar for earning livelihood.


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shivshankar
May 29, 2013 02:06pm

This can not be a news, if like this does not happen in Pakistan, then only it could be called news.

Talal
May 29, 2013 02:18pm

Do these people not know that there is no concept of "by force" in Islam? Disgusting people

immid
May 29, 2013 02:32pm

wish could prevail all over pakistan and if this implement by force, no criminal activities ever happens crime ratio would come down from 80% to 10%. then pakistan meaning come true ( la ilaha illa allah)

Salam bhayya
May 29, 2013 02:41pm

They only asking for beard, burqa and prayers. You should feel if they demand Electricity, Roads, Health, Water, Schools, Price Control etc.

deva
May 29, 2013 02:43pm

Beared no beared, veil no veil, 5 times or hundred times..it's individual choice..why they want to force. this mentality is kind of remind slavery. Live and let live. Only things which needs to be forced is tax for defence, school etc, law to abide as good citizen. Rest is personal choice

pramod
May 29, 2013 02:52pm

@Talal: It seems, it's all about force and coercion in Islam. Forced conversion, forced dressing, forced rituals. Even Muslim do not have the right to think freely.

Manish
May 29, 2013 03:03pm

So how come the guy on the right in the picture does not have a beard!!!

Nony
May 29, 2013 03:06pm

You can do anything and everything in the name of religion, specially in Pakistan.

Raj
May 29, 2013 04:00pm

@immid: If you want to go back to stone age, then go. Don't use the modern day gadgets such as electricity, bus, diesel, cars, vans, guns (only swords allowed), no piped water (only streams and rivers and if they are dry don't drink water), no oxygen masks, abolish hospitals and use old techniques. You cannot agree for this I know, because, you want to implement the islam only on selective basis according to your convenience. Why you want these ideologies to be implemented 'by force' across Pakistan. You are bringing bad name to majority of Pakistanis who are otherwise liberal.

Salman
May 29, 2013 04:02pm

@shivshankar: News about Naxalties is still a news. Right?

Tahir Khan
May 29, 2013 04:08pm

@immid: You live in a fantasy world. Pakistan should become secular like Turkey No religion in politics. Only then success will come. Shave your beard

Information Age
May 29, 2013 04:17pm

Isnt this a sort of BHATTA Khori as well.

Left is Right
May 29, 2013 04:20pm

@immid: that will happen for sure bcuz 90% of the population will lose their heads !!

Alam
May 29, 2013 04:35pm

Islam is a religion of peace and love. I agreee with talal, there is no 'by force' concept in islam

Khan
May 29, 2013 04:36pm

@immid: During 6 years of Taliban rule Afghanistan's economy and currency rose higher than U.S Dollar and there was no stoning of teen girls. Beheading, ethnic discrimination.

Khan
May 29, 2013 04:37pm

@immid: During 6 years of Taliban rule Afghanistan's economy and currency rose higher than U.S Dollar and there was no stoning of teen girls. Beheading, ethnic discrimination.

Capt C M Khan
May 29, 2013 05:01pm

So this Bara is not in Pakistan anymore. GOOD RIDDANCE. Pakistan must draw a wall on the border with them and keep them on the other side.

Salim
May 29, 2013 05:18pm

Allah Ho Akbar............ Ameen

Agha Ata
May 29, 2013 05:20pm

@Salam bhayya: Very True. LOL

areluctantpakistani
May 29, 2013 05:26pm

@immid: These are the criminals! These people (and their supporters) are the reason why we are where we are, why the world looks at us like it does and why Islam has become a mere tool for capturing power.

Saima Jadoon
May 29, 2013 05:51pm

there is no compulsion in Islam. Now they are doing the act of negligence..

Y.B
May 29, 2013 05:52pm

@immid: Your comment has to be the most ignorant, selfish and most baseless remark on this website that I've read so far..

Farhat
May 29, 2013 06:26pm

Burqa/veil, prayers are ok with me. Beard is not necessary as it is a sunnah not farz. I cannot declare that all men in beard are clean and right! After all we are all human beings not angles. However our efforts as muslims should be to ask for guidance from Allah (swt) and use common sense.

Kaafir
May 29, 2013 06:47pm

@immid: Hear Hear

Guest
May 29, 2013 06:49pm

On a lighter side: How does burqa n beard go together? Imagine a bearded guy in burqa offering prayers :) Fines Rs 1000/-only................just shows how bad the economy is right now!

deva
May 29, 2013 06:54pm

@immid: surprising people like ur comment..if like increases more then dislike then ..god save ur country. using force to follow relligion is biggest disaster and going to have long term consequences

ipcressfiles
May 29, 2013 08:00pm

Whenever asked, muslims almost always point to the "peaceful, non-coersive" quality of their faith. However, after reading this article the opposite seems to be the case. There is nothing peaceful about this, in fact this looks more like the work of a mafioso, threatening all with punitive action and extorting sums of money. So! before you muslims attempt to reply to my comments, please ask yourselves the question: How are people in the west supposed to view muslims ? Violent, vengeful and barbaric ???? Yes

Zaka khan
May 29, 2013 08:22pm

@shivshankar: No it doe snot happen in Pakistan, you biased ignorant ramshankar. Find out what percent of Pakistan's population wear burka, and have beard, less than 1. Do your research first. I agree though that Pakistan image is bad, sadly.

sabukhara
May 29, 2013 08:28pm

Once the great captain talks with them then all will be fine (in 90 days).

Em Moosa
May 29, 2013 08:27pm

@shivshankar: Good comment. I like it.

Sunnah
May 29, 2013 09:53pm

The deen that came to us asked for reformation within by making oneself a person of best character. It was so not about beard, burqa and cap. These were supplements as humanity decided to develop towards a better society. Forcing people to follow religion, will demolish faith, character and socity. If only 'the people of knowledge' could understand.

Shahpur
May 29, 2013 09:53pm

These are what they call "AAJOOJ MAAJOOJ".

Julie C
May 29, 2013 10:33pm

They should apply the fatwa and fine on the guy (1st from right in the photo) first: He doesn't have a beard, needs a bath and a haircut fast; and seems he hasn't prayed in months if not years.

Mustafa
May 29, 2013 10:40pm

It is a shame and disgrace for a country with one of the best armed forces and nukes that it cannot govern and enforce laws of Pakistan on the entire land of Pakistan.

What these militants are doing is imposing against the teachings of Islam, that is "La Ekraha Fid deen" (there is no compution in religion). Pakistan must act to destroy the militants now else some day Islamabad will be taken over by militants.

iqbal
May 29, 2013 10:45pm

This is Hitler policy, you cannot force anybody to follow your will or be penalized. If you wish for people to follow than be good to them. Islam is a great religion but forcing it your way is incorrect.

muzammil ullah khan
May 29, 2013 10:53pm

Welcome to the future of Pakistan . It has just started in Bara and by the time Imran and Nawaz make a deal with these TTP swines we will all be sporting beards , our children will go to Madrasas and women will be barred from getting out of the homes without the "tent burqa" . Half of Pakistan population with have a hand amputated . It will be one hell of a country . We do have a very bright future indeed !!

mohammed
May 29, 2013 10:56pm

Why don't they demand to make education compulsory. Get your child vaccinated. There are several things except this demand.

US CENTCOM
May 29, 2013 11:07pm

Is it not sad to see a bunch of armed people imposing their version of laws on innocent people. Have we not seen this done before and their rejection by the masses? The people of the region have suffered much at the hands of extremism and it is important to focus on providing the suffering people with a ray of hope for peace. Heavy handedness by the terrorists has to be dealt with iron fists. The Pakistani security forces have been fighting them in the region for long, but somehow they keep returning. They have been rejected before and now again the people along with their security forces will have to stand firm against them.

Abdul Quddus DET-United States Central Command www.centcom.mil/ur

Sadia Siddiqui
May 29, 2013 11:42pm

@shivshankar: Well this is a news for this does not happen/usual in Pakistan!

Zobia
May 30, 2013 12:01am

@immid: You are an idiot if you think that the crime rate will go down with prayers. There were people still being punished during the times of Rasoolullah (SAW) and the Rashidoon caliphate. Society had all the ills it has today.

I have seen people pray and give bribes the very next second and then continue to pray. Crime rates are primarily economy driven.

A.M.
May 30, 2013 01:16am

Fudamentalist want everyone in Pakistan to be ignorant like them, Rumi says learning is better than Namaz. It is time that Government declare mandatory for every person to learn some math. and science before they open Quran particularly these beardbandes and turbanbandes.

sal
May 30, 2013 02:27am

This is the deal that the Taliban wan to make with all of Pakistan. But do tell how a banned organisation operates freely in Pak. Who allows this? Is it the guys in the green uniforms? Because both Nawaz and Khan believe these guys can be trusted.

Gulbagh Khan
May 30, 2013 03:22am

Islam is the religion of peace. Pakistan is a country of good people.

Naveed Lotia
May 30, 2013 04:36am

@shivshankar: Not sure what you are trying to say here. This is NOT the rule in Pakistan but the exception. That's why it is News

numbersnumbers
May 30, 2013 06:03am

Notice to Drone Strike Team: New targets of opportunity need your attention, please hurry!

Yawar
May 30, 2013 07:30am

@Khan: wow, I never knew this. I always thought it was completely the opposite.

Yawar
May 30, 2013 07:34am

@immid: that is right. How can a person with a beard and a cap or a woman in a tent burqa ever commit a crime?

Asif
May 30, 2013 07:33am

@US CENTCOM: We hate Taliban but we equally hat the United States Central Command.

Yawar
May 30, 2013 07:41am

People who kill and coax kids to commit suicide in the process should not be talking about Islam. Before even thinking about fixing others, they first need to fix themselves.

Iqbal khan
May 30, 2013 07:45am

@immid: You are most welcome to go and live there.

Iqbal khan
May 30, 2013 07:46am

@immid: You are most welcome to go and live there.

Iqbal khan
May 30, 2013 07:51am

@US CENTCOM: These guys are not fighting a religious war,actually these guys are bunch of thugs and they are blackmailing innocent people to extort money from them.

malik
May 30, 2013 08:10am

@Khan: so move there and leave us alone

malik
May 30, 2013 08:14am

Welcome to 'New' Pakistan.

El Cid
May 30, 2013 09:20am

@pramod :

Sir that is Hinduism and its rigid forced Caste System. Forced coercion is an anathema in Islam. Forced conversion in Islam is an oxymoron and an impossibility. Muslims who have read the Nobel Qur'an know that is an absolute. Obviously you haven

Waqas
May 30, 2013 09:34am

"Lashkar-i-Islam, has made obligatory the offering of five-time prayers". And silly me Thought that 5 times prayers are already obligatory. Wait a minute they already are and have been for past 14/15 centuries. This decree from lashkar e islam would be blasphemous wouldn't it. They should be tried with the mullah made blasphemy law which would be Wishful thinking on my part since mullahs just won elections.

BRR
May 30, 2013 10:16am

Nothing surprising - praying 5 times a day and growing beard will make up for the lack of food, water, electricity etc. - doesn't it? It makes up for the lack of education, lack of freedom, lack of opportunities. These people are mentally deranged people, who want to administer a region where they have wrested control - where they hope to setup their own fiefdom. The Islamic republic has come into fruition - enjoy.

shahgul
May 30, 2013 10:44am

The LI are none other than a bunch of criminals. The women of the region already cover head to toe. Most men already have beards and pray 5 times. What they don't have is rule of law and security. On top of it, they have to deal with criminals posing as if they have the sanction of religion behind them. The government of Pakistan should have a sustained long-term strategy to protect the people of this area from extortionist gangs like the LI and others. Just taking army faction and then abandoning the area for criminals to move in will not cut it. There needs to be a permanent system in place to ensure these thugs don't operate in this area.

Iqbal
May 30, 2013 11:00am

my request: please condemn the use of force but do not condemn the prayer, beard, and the burqa... it is surely against the spirit of Islam to use force but ridiculing the prayer, beard, and the burqa is wrong. Equally important is education, science, and development.

El Cid
May 30, 2013 11:07am

@US CENTCOM:

Sadder still when these cowards use robotic death machines, massive armadas, blackmail, bribes, and intrigue to impose their hegemony on a whole region of 'others' and vile doctrine on a sovereign nation of over 175million people by intimidation and force. Worse when they masquerade using local names to beguile the simple trusting souls...

Bryan
May 30, 2013 11:26am

There is no one easy solution to this issue. At a national level I won't be bothered much about the mountainous terrains as I would be about law and order in cities. Pakistan has to stabilize its cities- if cities are peaceful they will grow and generate wealth. Peace invites investment, peace invites trust. If the 4 economic centers in Pakistan can be made reasonably peaceful, then the country has won against extremism. Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore and Islamabad in that order. In the next few decades there will be a huge migration from rural areas to cities. This will bring in its own set of pressure. If cities continue to be violent they will flame up as population will act like fuel. That would result in a civil war like condition. This is happening at present in parts of Africa. Pakistan has to build new cities- Gwadar can be an excellent starting point. Barring Karachi there is no other coastal cities- Globally coastal cities have done well economically and socially than the non coastal ones. Dont worry much about the mountains- keep cities peaceful rest everything will fall in place. Thank you for reading

Bryan Joseph

Bryan
May 30, 2013 11:28am

There is no one easy solution to this issue. At a national level I won't be bothered much about the mountainous terrains as I would be about law and order in cities. Pakistan has to stabilize its cities- if cities are peaceful they will grow and generate wealth. Peace invites investment, peace invites trust. If the 4 economic centers in Pakistan can be made reasonably peaceful, then the country has won against extremism. Karachi, Peshawar, Lahore and Islamabad in that order. In the next few decades there will be a huge migration from rural areas to cities. This will bring in its own set of pressure. If cities continue to be violent they will flame up as population will act like fuel. That would result in a civil war like condition. This is happening at present in parts of Africa. Pakistan has to build new cities- Gwadar can be an excellent starting point. Barring Karachi there is no other coastal cities- Globally coastal cities have done well economically and socially than the non coastal ones. Dont worry much about the mountains- keep cities peaceful rest everything will fall in place. Thank you for reading

Bryan Joseph

El Cid
May 30, 2013 12:27pm

By definition [of Muslim] only a conversion from the innermost depths of the heart makes a Muslim. Not from the mouthing of words. Conversion by force is thus null and void at the very inception, at the very get go, of such procedure.

Further, the convertor person forcing the issue is committing an unforgivable sin and blasphemy against the Noble Qur'an. Anyone who has read it knows this fundamental truth about Islam.

Shahryar Shirazi
May 30, 2013 01:23pm

@shivshankar: Just like getting raped is not a news in India, this is not a news in Pakistan. Look, I am all for constructive criticism on the problems Pakistan is facing due to its own (flawed) policies. But spitting venom from across the border is not going to help ... Shahryar

concerened
May 30, 2013 01:34pm

just wondering what is the future of Pakistan? dear dear our train is moving in reverse rather that moving a head.....i think it is time for us to wake up from deep slumber and ignorance. request to the newly elected government please do not make haste in making populous emotional policies regarding these intolerant rigmaroles; but act sensibly as it is the question of our survival and freedom. these people are murderers and have murdered more than 40,000 innocent civilians that includes children, and women.

zafar Aslam
May 30, 2013 01:59pm

@Khan: which cave you just crawled out of khan?

muneeb
May 30, 2013 02:01pm

@Farhat: what is okay with you is not necessarily what is okay with other people. who are you to impose your views on me?

z
May 30, 2013 02:04pm

@Talal: why would they know that? most of these goons can't read or write!

concerened
May 30, 2013 03:28pm

just wondering what is the future of Pakistan? dear dear our train is moving in reverse rather that moving a head.....i think it is time for us to wake up from deep slumber and ignorance. request to the newly elected government please do not make haste in making populous emotional policies regarding these intolerant rigmaroles; but act sensibly as it is the question of our survival and freedom. these people are murderers and have murdered more than 40,000 innocent civilians that includes children, and women.

El Cid
May 30, 2013 06:24pm

@Raj:

Non Sequitur: Does not follow. Poor logic.

El Cid
May 30, 2013 06:43pm

@Julie C:

Look carefully he does have a beard. He is rather young for a full beard. May be 17, 19 at the most. He is clean cut. Check his glossy curly shining hair and clean clothes. Specially commendable considering they are taking on the hardships of the battlefield and living without the creature comforts of the home. Nevertheless they are far more clean, healthy and fit compared to some of the city dwellers and the invaders.

I can vouch, exchange my life against yours, that he does say his prayers and fasts. However that is not our business and you cannot know.

Demeaning the enemy is a propaganda weapon you people wield well, but that does not mean that what you impugn is true.

Mustafa
May 30, 2013 07:10pm

@muzammil ullah khan: Your message is timely but whether Pakistanis will listen to you is well known. Do they care what happens to their children or grand children? I doubt. May Allah save Pakistan from militants and terrorists and help Pakistani Armed Forces to make Pakistan a safe place.