PPF News Flash: Explosions destroy three music stores in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province of Pakistan -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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PPF News Flash: Explosions destroy three music stores in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province of Pakistan

Three music shops were destroyed and several others were damaged on August 25, 2007 in explosions in Buner, in the North Western Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan.

Press reports quoting police officials said the improvised explosives that were used were locally made and were timed to go off around 11:00 PM.

The music and video shop owners had earlier received warnings from religious militants to wind up their businesses which, accord­ing to them, were spreading vulgarity and obscen­ity among the people.

The Taliban and other religious extremists have been waging a campaign of threats, intimidation and violent attacks against video and music shops because they believe that movies and pop music promote obscenity and are aimed at destroying the religious values of the people.

Threatening letters have also been received by video shops owners in Matta Tehsil and other areas of Swat District in NWFP to wind up their business in 15 days, otherwise their shops will be blown up.

ENDS/PPF
Date:8/28/2007