Pak militants force ban on songs, videos on cellphones
Islamabad: Traders in the restive Peshawar city of northwest Pakistan have stopped selling mobile memory cards loaded with music videos and songs after receiving threats from militants, who have described such forms of entertainment as "un-Islamic".
The management of two markets have closed shops frequented by people wanting to load songs and music and dance videos on the memory cards used in mobile phones.
The shopkeepers were "directed to pack up or change their business," according to a report in The News daily.
The militants issued a threat to shops dealing in memory cards, said a shopkeeper at Muslim Market in Peshawar Cantonment who did not want to be named.
"They were mostly dealing in transferring ringtones, songs and various kinds of videos," he said.
The shopkeeper said the owners of these shops were told by traders dealing in mobile phones to wind up their business since they were posing a threat to other shops.
The shopkeeper claimed these shops were involved in "spreading pornographic videos".
Police have stepped up patrolling in the area while the management of business plazas have made arrangements to avert any untoward incident after the threats from the militants.
Banners placed outside the main cellular phone markets in Peshawar asked customers to approach shops to purchase only cellular phones and accessories and not memory cards.
"These shops aren`t selling memory cards and USBs," read a banner outside mobile phone shops on Saddar Road.
Militants had warned mobile phone shops in Saddar, Karkhano Market, Hayatabad and in the inner part of Peshawar that they would be bombed if they did not stop selling music videos, ringtones and pornographic films loaded on memory cards.
The daily quoted a source as saying that the militants sent threatening letters and emails to dozens of shopkeepers dealing in mobile phones, ringtones, memory cards and USBs to wind up their business.
On February 21, one person was killed and several were injured when a bomb went off at a market for mobile phones at Hashtnagri in Peshawar.
Earlier, the Taliban had directed tribesmen in Waziristan to stop using cellular phones and computers, claiming they were being used to "spread vulgarity".
Hundreds of cellular phones, computers and CDs were burnt by militants in Waziristan last year.
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- I am surviving only on 25% of my liver today, says Big B
- Aamir Khan's 'intolerance' comment kicks up row
- Exclusive: Sudhir Chaudhary in conversation with Aamir Khan on intolerance in India!
- Rahul Gandhi spotted with hate speech convict Imran Masood in Saharanpur
- Panel discussion on Aamir Khan's remark on 'intolerance'
- Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh bypoll results: As it happened on November 24
- Intolerance issue: When did ‘Incredible India’ become ‘Intolerant India’, Anupam Kher asks Aamir Khan
- Tirupati, Tirumala rains update: Temple remains open; pilgrims continue to pour in for darshan
- BJP's big poser to Aamir Khan: Is there any better neighbour for Muslims than a Hindu?
- Muslim leader Asaduddin Owaisi says Aamir Khan wrong in wanting to leave India