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A man sits outside his shop at a market in Chagmalai in South Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan. - Photo by Reuters/File
A man sits outside his shop at a market in Chagmalai in South Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan. - Photo by Reuters/File

WANA: The Pakistani Taliban have banned tight or see-through clothing for men, threatening to impose a fine and shutter businesses selling the items, traders from the country's restive tribal belt said Saturday.

Shopkeepers in Wana, the main town of South Waziristan tribal district along the Afghan border told AFP the written warning came ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramzan which began on Thursday in Pakistan.

“All such clothes which are of a thin material and which do not properly cover men's bodies are un-Islamic and against Pashtun culture,” said the pamphlet, distributed in Wana bazaar.

It warned that any shopkeeper found selling such items will be charged a fine of 5000 rupees ($50) and will also see his shop closed for at least five days.

The pamphlet also warned male residents “not to wear such clothes.”

A government official in Wana confirmed the written warning and told AFP that the local militant groups had previously banned the sale of tight or see-through clothes for women.

South Waziristan is one of seven districts that make up Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The semi-autonomous region of mountains, valleys and caves is one of the most deprived and ill-educated in the country.

Taliban militants in Pakistan have often targeted shops selling music and films that they say break Islamic moral codes.

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Cynic Jul 13, 2013 07:46pm

Tempting is it ?

azim Jul 13, 2013 08:14pm

This also comes as a reaction of drone strikes! Sleep on Pakistan Jul 13, 2013 08:24pm

Why do Taliban always keep their faces hidden? What and who are they afraid of? Or do they know that they are outlaws!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Immad Jul 13, 2013 08:42pm

Mr. Prime Minister, your masters have taken one more step. Its your time to follow on their footsteps. Go ahead, make peace with them. Hand over country to them so they can cleanse the country by forcing their self created brand of whatever in the name of Islam. You just cement your rule with their aid.

Saad(DXB) Jul 13, 2013 08:44pm

I thought Army has claimed multiple times that South Waziristan had been fully liberated from the terrorists???

Rahamathullah Jul 13, 2013 10:04pm

Uneducated, armed country brutes dictating people what to wear and what to eat. They never demand education, health, security, prosperity for the people.

Amjad Wyne Jul 13, 2013 10:50pm

Unless the government does something about them, they will find one reason after another to carry on their criminal behavior.

Paki Jul 13, 2013 10:52pm

Pakistan Taliban (a govt within govt) such orders needs to be trashed. These insects need to be bombed till rocks of Waziristan valley turn into sand n all these monsters buried under.

Javed Rahman Jul 13, 2013 11:05pm

Who is ruling the country Govt or Taliban?

Khalid Jul 13, 2013 11:32pm

How dare these terrorists are trying to tell us what to wear. I bet if it was upto them, they would make all of Pakistan go back 100s of years. We need them like a hole in our heads. I also know that even if the people comply with their threat, they would come back and say that no one should be without a beard and if we even comply with that, they would kill people for listening to music and going to a medical schools etc. Can someone not just make them disappear?.

Iqbal Malik Jul 13, 2013 11:57pm

Does anybody know which religion these taliban follows? I know for sure that they are not muslims (Alhamdolillah).

Fazal Karim Jul 14, 2013 12:07am

If loose clothing and jackets are banned and men are allowed to wear only tight pants and T sirts, it will be impossible to carry suicide jackets, bombs and arms. Target shootings and suicide bombing will be greatly reduced. Let us practice this in Pakistan(minus FATA areas infected by Talibans) Interior Minister please note this.

Tariq Jul 14, 2013 12:42am

Would taliban ever ban slaughtering innocent people including women and children, burning down the schools, killing people leaving mosques. Ban on the "tight clothes". Way to go...

Muneer bhai Jul 14, 2013 02:18am

It is the Taliban that are sovereign in FATA. Yet another failure of our security establishment.

fox Jul 14, 2013 03:18am

wow. It is easy for US drone to identify and shoot men wearing loose cloths with guns shown in the picture. Great move

salman Jul 14, 2013 03:34am

Mindset of Taliban's is beyond thinking and they might have forgot the fact that our holy prophet (PBUH) had also conveyed the teachings of islam through peacful means. it is still unclear that what is the actual motive of taliban and what they want to do with the common people. They seems helpless before the powerful US government and Israel which has ruined the Islamic countries but when it comes to the suppressed people, these Talibans appears to be the strongest force. Is there anybody in this world who can ask these so-called muslims that what they wants to do?

A shah Jul 14, 2013 03:41am

Do Muslims have nothing better to do?

Agha Ata Jul 14, 2013 07:28am

Taliban do wear hijab. It should also be declared compulsory for men like women. A Burqa would be still better.

Amir Jul 14, 2013 08:08am

Well, they (Talibans) practice what they were taught in the Madrassas (religious schools). This is why it is very important to regulate and revamp these Madrassas so that students are taught all subjects. Especially religious subjects should be taught by well educated people and not by those whose only "qualification" is that they have memorized the holy book.

Amir Jul 14, 2013 08:13am

Mind I ask these Talibs that in the scortching Summer heat when temperatures are reaching mid 40s and there is no electricity, what should people wear?

Feroz Jul 14, 2013 08:14am

Nice... what's next??? ban tight topis?

kavithait Jul 14, 2013 08:56am

This is too much. What Taliban losses if I wear Jeans. Ridiculous.

S. A. M. Jul 14, 2013 09:13am

TTP another name for The most characterless lot

Naveed A. Jami Jul 14, 2013 02:20pm

Women must understand this as "men in tight or see-thru clothes" stimulate them sexually, and to some men too.

Ali Jul 14, 2013 02:55pm

What is the need to wear any clothes? Follow the nature and live the way you were born ---with no clothes on and enjoy.

Farook Jul 14, 2013 04:30pm

We were recently informed by Army and ISI that areas of South Waziristan were cleared after their successful operation in the area and the IDPs of South Waziristan were advised to return to their homes. So how come current Taliban instructions? Surprise!!! Surprise!!! But Pakistani people are and should not be surprised since our nation has been used to regular blatant lies and tall talks of Army and ISI.

Muslim Jul 14, 2013 05:26pm

@Khalid: You can't make them disappeared. The noor of Allah will be on the horizon soon inshallah no matter if people like you like it or not.

jiron Jul 14, 2013 08:56pm

Thank you for your comments--it gives me some insight into how people in your nation, it helps dispell ignorance of others and have a clearer view of your people. Thank you again.

Gerry D'Cunha Jul 14, 2013 09:26pm

@Iqbal Malik: the talibans follow the religion of peace 'islam' - look not on their activities, follow their intentions on muslims

Wizarat Jul 14, 2013 11:01pm

Last time it was Jalal Baba, an interior minister in Ayub's cabinet

M Jul 15, 2013 12:01am

@salman:"Helpless before the Americans" pretty sure its the other way around

Iqbal khan Jul 15, 2013 02:55am

Get a life talban or get lost, don't pollute this world anymore.

Nadeem Jul 15, 2013 03:44am

Of course! Who else but the Taliban get excited looking at men as well as women. They are the wandering tribe of LOT.

Qaiser Bakhtiari Jul 15, 2013 04:36am

And then the people of Pakistan wonder why the world doesnt take them seriously. We are the laughing stock of the world for a reason and the only solution to perform large numbers of vasectomy in Pakistan.

Abdulaziz Jul 15, 2013 06:39am

@Amjad Wyne: But these types were hailed as heroes when they ruled Afghanistan in the 90s. Why such turnaround now?

Saad Jul 15, 2013 08:21am

@ Dawn: Why are you even publishing such stupid statements. Are you their official advertisers. Just don't give them any publicity and stop furthering their cause....

Khan of Kalabagh Jul 15, 2013 09:12am

wow, what a keen observation by the Taliban, amazingly pathetic

Chand Jul 15, 2013 10:31am

@salman: Of course ! Haven't Mian sahib and Imran khan said that's what they want to do!

Ali Khan Jul 15, 2013 01:17pm

TTP keep pushing their luck,forcing the govt to take action,to start another war.Their time is coming.

Asim Jul 15, 2013 03:45pm

Hahahahaha ..... funny, who wears tight clothing in that part of the world. Just to give them an undue importance ....... I don't care

NASAH (USA) Jul 15, 2013 08:24pm

"The semi-autonomous region of mountains, valleys and caves is one of the most deprived and ill-educated in the country."

Are you sure? They act like loose characters for loose clothing ..