Lahore, July 31: The Pakistan unit of the Taliban – the Tehreek e-Islami Taliban Pakistan (TIP) has reportedly threatened the owners of CDs shops, Internet cafes and cable service providers to close down their activities, and warned the women to wear ‘hijab’ to ensure safety, else their face would be disfigured by acid.
The Taliban gave a 15-day notice to several “un-Islamic” businesses like video parlours and CD shops, in Kot Addu to shut down or face dire consequences, reported a newspaper.
The computer typed letter had Baitullah Mehsud’s photograph on it along with two gunmen, and there were also Quranic verses about Jihad around the picture, said Kot Addu Police Station House Officer (SHO) Irfan Khosa.
The message said that the Western and the Indian media were damaging the character of youths and madrassa students, the official said, and added that the business of music and movies was ‘Haram’.
Muzaffargarh District Police Officer (DPO) Shahzad Sultan said that the police had increased the security though it could not independently confirm the group’s activities.
According to the paper, the second paragraph said that within five days of the receipt of the letter, every woman not wearing Hijab would be disfigured with acid, while the following third paragraph said that very soon “we would cleanse earth from the traitors of Allah”.
Name of Khalid Mehsud, purported local Taliban leader, was printed at the end, added the paper.