One Month’s Ultimatum by Taliban

A group known as the Khadim-i-Islam Taliban in Pakistan have given an ultimatum to CD and audio and video cassette sellers in the Pakistani capital Islamabad to close down their business within a month otherwise they would be left with no alternative but to do it by force. In a letter distributed to CD and cassette sellers in Aabpara Market, Super Market and Jinnah Super Market in the capital, they suggested to the shopkeepers to quit this “un-Islamic business” and switch over to another. The group claims that the CDs and casettes carry material that is obscene and vulgar.

The letter said: “You must remember the doomsday when everybody will be worried about himself and all relatives will desert you.” They said Pakistan had been created in the name of Islam, and added that it was an irony that after the creation of Pakistan the people who came into power beat Europe in promoting obscenity and vulgarity.

They said with the increasing level of poverty, women were encouraged to go out to work. They said some people indulged in the business of selling and renting pornographic films, arousing sentiments of youth which led to increase in the incidents of rape.

Baton-wielding groups of the “Taliban” kept on visiting various markets, creating panic among the shopkeepers.

A shop-keeper in Aabpara Market told the Pakistani daily Dawn that large groups comprising 40-50 baton-wielding people, some of them with masked faces, 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 the shopkeepers were worried about their security as these groups were not being stopped even by the police deployed at the market.

He said that he had been selling cassettes for the last 30 years and it was not easy to switch over to a new business.

He said: “They can only preach if they think something un-Islamic was being done and they cannot impose their ideals by force.”

Another CD seller said a group of baton-wielding men said they were ready to discuss the provision of funds with their seniors for starting other businesses.

Source: ADNKronos International


17 Responses to “One Month’s Ultimatum by Taliban”

  1. April 4, 2007 at 5:21 am

    This kind of terrorists should be wipe off from the pakistan.

  2. 2 mujahid ali
    April 4, 2007 at 9:05 am

    laanat ho inn sab par jo islam ke naam par fitna phela rahay hein. Khuddaa ghaarat karay aisay napaak mardon aur auraton ko. inn ki to aankohn par taliban ne apnay tarz ke islam ki patiyaan baandh di hain

  3. April 4, 2007 at 9:14 am

    disgusting and shameful for muslims around the world to be associated with the likes of such ignorant asses

  4. April 4, 2007 at 9:17 am

    I just found out yesterday that Lal Masjid actually has its very own website! Sheesh!
    You guys should listen to the Friday sermons they have uploaded up there on the site. They openly praise the Talibans for beating women with sticks with complete freedom of “where ever you want to hit them” if they are seen on the streets and how it is must to have that sort of rule in Pakistan as well… and a lot more!

    Website address is: http://www.lalmasjid.org

  5. 5 Kashaan
    April 4, 2007 at 9:23 am

    The recent surge of mullahs has to seen in the light of the CJP issue as well. Ever thought that this might be a planned distraction to take the pressure off the sacked Chief Justice case? Jumpy to blame it all on these fanatics, lets not be so jumpy too soon.

  6. 6 K
    April 4, 2007 at 9:27 am

    These people and their motives are politically driven and unless something BIG and definite is done against them, they WILL overshadow Pakistan. Either the Islamabad people should unite and stand against such blasphemy-driven terrorists or we let them trample all over us. Time to act is now or never again.

  7. April 4, 2007 at 9:40 am

    Kashaan, you might be partly right but then again, the decision to bring down those mosques/madrassas on illegal/confiscated lands was done even before they decided to sack the CJP. Besides, it does not take a week or a month to brain-wash thousands of people who are in these madrassas. The campaign has obviously been going on for quite some time now and they finally felt comfortable (or rather bold enough) to venture out in the streets.

    I’ve said this earlier too on another discussion that the blame partly lies with us too. We let such people do the talking to start with. We don’t condemn and act when is needed and that is how this disease spreads. We give them a free hand, look the other way because it doesn’t concern us directly right? Meanwhile, they grow and when it actually starts to effect us directly, we cry unfair and wrong-doing but as always, its a little late you see. And this is not only with this particular case, but with so many in the history of our country. No wonder we are known more as a reactive nation than a pro-active one!

    But nevertheless, the bottom line is that these people need to be sorted out and sorted out fast. How to do that is a very sensitive and complex question indeed because it concerns religion (which is the weak-point of our masses) and women (whom the mullah’s have very cleverly placed in the front lines so everyone is reluctant to engage them in confrontation). They need to be weakened from the inside coupled with help from media to spread awareness of what their philosphy entails and how they actually plan on doing things in their extreme/taliban-style regime for this country.

  8. April 4, 2007 at 11:23 am

    the new talebaan you mean 🙂

    See if they kick off their “Islamization” – ooops “Talebanization” from our very city 😐

  9. 9 la-hori
    April 4, 2007 at 11:52 am

    If this goes unchecked then it wont be long when the war in waziristan will reach the streets of islamabad.

  10. 10 Imaan
    April 4, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Suffocate them in their lairs so they are wiped off right from where they originated! We don’t need such people in Pakistan any ways.

  11. April 4, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    I just heard their latest friday prayers sermon from the lal mosque website… MY GOD! It is pure, unadultrated, downright brain-washing and so politician like!!!! How can people actually sit there and listen to it all.

  12. 12 bilal
    April 4, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    HA HA HA! 1 month my a$$. they can all GO TO HELL

  13. 13 Rizwan Hydri
    April 5, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    the irony is that they are running these setups through donations in the name of religion and people like us are donating to improve our standing in the life after death with out any thought of how it will be spent.

  14. 14 Khalid Munir
    April 5, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    A country which was created on the basis of ” we r different than u” because of our religion, the country which underwent its first martial law because of rioting n killing of ahmadis in 1953, a country which again rioted and killed ahmadis and declared them non muslims( by the parliament which had only 7 members from religious parties) , a country which had a tehreek nifaz i mustafa in which poiltical opponents were thrown in tandoors, live, a country which allowed happily the jihadis from the whole of islamic world to come and fight agains USSR, a country which craeted, supported talibans till USA forced us to change our course SHOULDNT BE SEEING THE EVENTS IN ISLAMABAD AS SOMETHING UNUSUAL, I ALWAYS SAID IN EARLY 80’S THAT AN AFGHAN MUHAJREEN CAMP SHOULD BE LOCATED AT KALA SHAH KAKOO…..THAT WILL ENSURE THE END OF THIS SENSELESS WAR….LAAL MASJID IS SCARY BECAUSE NOW WE FEEL ITS IN OUR BACKYARD, FOR 30 YEARS IT WAS ACROSS INDUS, A FAR DISTANT LAND. ( BHUTTA AGAIN IN THE BOX?)

  15. 15 javed
    April 8, 2007 at 4:32 am

    can i have web address of it.

  16. 16 wecite
    April 10, 2007 at 8:44 am

    Javed, the Lal Masjid website has been shut down. We do not know whether it was because they forgot to pay their monthly rent or if it was the government who was behind this but the website is down and out for quite some time now.

    Here is the address nevertheless: http://www.lalmasjid.org

  17. 17 Murtaza
    April 12, 2007 at 8:40 am

    We may agree or disagree with them. But they should have the right to say their side and we have the right to listen to both sides and make up our mind. The blocking of the website was unreasonable. It is not even practically possible to block anyone’s views in this age of internet , T.V etc.

    They have launched a new website and this time on international server: http://www.lalmasjid.com

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