Attempt to blow up music shops in Charsadda foiled -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Attempt to blow up music shops in Charsadda foiled

CHARSADDA: An attempt to blow up music shops has been foiled here on Tuesday. Saboteurs planted explosive material outside five music shops in a plastic bag. On suspicion, area residents informed the police, which reached the scene but the saboteurs fled. Fortunately, the explosive material did not go off.

The police have taken the explosives into custody and diffused it with the help of members of the Bomb Disposal Squad. Meanwhile, residents in the frontier region said on Tuesday militants are confiscating music cassettes from public buses and ordering shops to only sell CDs promoting Jihad.

The campaign was launched on Sunday in North Waziristan, an intelligence official confirmed on condition of anonymity. Bands of armed militants have visited shops selling music cassettes and CDs in the main town of Miranshah, warning owners to only sell “Jihadi” cassettes featuring sermons by clerics or songs without musical accompaniment that praise holy war and those who fight it. “They came to us and said ‘do not sell music and song cassettes and CDs,'” shop owner Omar Jan said, adding “They warned us to close our shops or they would punish us.”
Source: The News
Date:5/9/2007