Islamabad: A new pro-Taliban outfit has given an ultimatum to audio and video CD and cassette sellers here to close down their “un-Islamic” business within a month or face action, causing panic among owners of music stores in this Pakistani capital city.
A letter distributed by the Khadim-i-Islam Taliban to CD and cassette sellers in major markets in Islamabad asked shopkeepers to quit the “un-Islamic” business and switch over to another, saying otherwise the outfit would be left with no alternative but to do it by force.
The threat comes close on the heels of intrusive visits by lathi-wielding burqa-clad students of a girls’ madrassa here asking music shop owners to shut down as their business promoted “vulgar and un-Islamic culture”.
“You must remember the doomsday when everybody will be worried about himself and all relatives will desert you,” media reports here quoted the KIT, a little-known organization, as saying in the letter.
Pakistan daily ‘Dawn´ quoted a a shopkeeper in Aabpara market as saying that a group comprising 40-50 lathi-wielding people, some of them masked, continue to visit the market at least twice a day asking sellers of CDs, audio and video cassettes and books to switch over to some other business.
He said shopkeepers were worried about their security as these groups were not being stopped even by the police deployed at the market.