Militants who desecrated Pak shrine admitted to mental hospital
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 18:04
Peshawar: Ten Taliban militants who desecrated the shrine of a revered saint in northwest Pakistan have reportedly been admitted to a mental hospital here for treatment.

The Taliban fighters who have "lost their mental capabilities" were arrested at the shrine of Pir Baba in Daggar, the headquarters of the mountainous Buner district, by security forces during an operation last year.

They had reportedly confessed to their involvement in the desecration of the shrine.

Official sources said one militant became paralysed, while nine others went mad during their interrogation.

Before the military operation was launched, militants from Swat valley moved into the adjacent Buner district in a bid to enter other areas like Swabi, Mardan and Nowshera.

The Taliban, who are opposed to Sufi practices like worshipping at the shrines of saints and 'pirs', barred people from visiting the centuries-old shrine of Pir Baba and desecrated it.

Pir Baba, who is revered by the people of the area, had played a key role in spreading Islam in south Asia.


First Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 18:04

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