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Elders 'ban' musical gatherings in Landi Kotal

Updated September 08, 2017

Seminary organisers in the town of Landi Kotal in the Federally Administered Tribal Area on Friday allegedly announced a ban on musical gatherings in the area, sources in the political administration told DawnNews.

Syed Mohammad Ilyas Banuri alias Khan Lala and Syed Muhammad Ibrahim alias Bacha Jan, organisers of the Khanqah-e-Binoria seminary, allegedly announced the restriction on musical gatherings in the Shinwari Ashkhel area, the sources said.

The organisers warned that the houses of those either holding musical gatherings or in possession of musical instruments would be burnt, the sources claimed.

According to sources, a few days ago, the organisers of the seminary had allegedly ransacked weddings in the area and seized musical instruments being played there.

Today, after Friday prayers and in the presence of hundreds of people, the men allegedly burnt the instruments, the sources said.

Niaz Mohammad, an assistant political agent, told DawnNews that the administration has summoned Khan Lala after taking notice of the incident.

"We will ask him [Khan Lala] what capacity he made such statements in when there is a political administration available. If something objectionable is happening, then it is up to the administration to take action not an individual."