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TTP Pamphlet. — File Photo

KHYBER AGENCY: Following threats from the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban the mobile cell-phone dealers in Landi Kotal Bazaar shut down shops on Monday, fearing attacks from the militant group.

An Urdu language pamphlet distributed by the TTP in Landi Kotal Bazaar warned that the mobile dealers in the market were promoting vulgarity by uploading obscene movies, songs and ringtones in cell phones which they said were unIslamic. The pamphlet moreover said that the dealers must give up their businesses or face action.

The warning on a letter-head of the TTP threatened the shopkeepers saying: “The mobile businesses which are promoting these activities are totally unIslamic so the money earned from these businesses is also “haram” and must be given up; those not complying would be dealt with sternly.”

“Muslims help and support their fellow brothers but you are their enemies as your mobile market is openly promoting vulgarity through songs, movies, ringtones, other material and you are a part of it,” it warned.

About two dozen mobile shops were shut down after the threat and shopkeepers called upon the government to provide them protection.

A few months back the militants had targeted the Landi Kotal Bazaar's mobile market destroying more than 10 shops dealing in cell phones.


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bilal06
Aug 13, 2012 01:20pm
Taliban can give orders to anyone, and if he/she doesn't obey it, they can even punish him/her. What else you call a parallel state? Most disappointing is the fact that Pakistani nation is in denial about the threat it is facing from religious extremism.
Eddied
Aug 13, 2012 01:14pm
So the Taliban is now against cell phones....these are the most barbaric people on earth and it is very hard for any westerner to understand how anyone in Pakistan can support these barbarians...they are not truely Islamic...why are so many Pakistanis sympathetic of these people?
Sheeraz Khan
Aug 13, 2012 05:34pm
Fair comment from TTP - take care of the movies, ringtones and songs - no vulgarity please, hence no harm! Let's walk their talk and see results i.e. if they let those mobile shops owners do business after implementing their just demands. :-)
just_someone
Aug 13, 2012 06:26pm
You are confusing Taliban with ttp. Ttp is hated in Pakistan
Cyrus Howell
Aug 13, 2012 06:53pm
"About two dozen mobile shops were shut down after the threat and shopkeepers called upon the government to provide them protection." The government will not be able to provide protection until after the election, but the PPP will do a study to ascertain if police protection is needed in Landi Kotal Bazaar.
Asad Raza
Aug 13, 2012 07:20pm
no one is sympathetic to these people,its just that these are dangerous people and the government cant provide necessary protection.and the most worrying part is that the taliban are capable of inflicting harm.makes me wonder whether they really have safe havens here?
syed
Aug 14, 2012 12:01am
You are right, they are barbaric, life is not the same in that part of the world ever since they are propped up by CIA to. In the words of President Regan, "Come fight for God with us", financed by Saudi Arabia and supported by Pakistan's leadership of the time for their own vested interest. I am not completely blaming the West and other external powers for the mess, It wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for the local leadership partnership in the adventure, but it was criminal and immoral for the outside powers to take advantage of the ignorance and naivety of people this way. By the way, same people are supported by west in Syria these days, again for their vested interest and with no regard to the failure modes it produce to the local society.
Moby
Aug 14, 2012 01:57am
Ask Imran Khan, this story is false propaganda spread by our enemy du jour - we just need to sit down with our taliban brothers and listen to what they have to say.
Nadeem
Aug 14, 2012 02:24am
So suicide bombing in Mosques and markets, beheading muslims, extortion, kidnapping is allowedin Islam which these uneducated Taliban Terrorists are doing and mobile phone business is wrong. These terrorists should be hanged and destroyed by Law enforcement agencies.