Islamabad: Bomb blasts destroyed two barber shops and a music store in Pakistan’s Bajore tribal agency where pro-Taliban militants have warned people against shaving off beards and selling music CDs, calling them “un-Islamic business”.
The explosions in Khar town destroyed two saloons and partially damaged two others on March 4. No one was hurt in the blast. In the second incident, a bomb planted in a music shop exploded after midnight, blowing up the shop and damaging two adjoining outlets.
Residents said the sound of the blasts was heard in far-off areas, and created panic among tribesmen, the Dawn daily reported on March 5.
Over the past several weeks, militants identifying themselves as Pakistani Taliban have distributed pamphlets in various parts of the Bajaur tribal agency, warning barbers and music shop owners to close down what they called “their un-Islamic businesses”.
After the militants’ warning in February, some 20 barber shops in Khar had hung out signs, saying: “We will not shave off beards.”
Residents said the militants have also warned bank workers not to wear trousers and shirts, threatening them with “dire consequences” if they did not comply.
Previous attacks on video and music shops were blamed on militants emulating Taliban’s code of conduct in Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.