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Video shops attacked

MIRANSHAH- Inspired by Afghanistan ruling Taliban, a group of Pakistani Taliban stormed video shops and burnt thousands of video cassettes, several television and VCRs in a town in northwestern Pakistani tribal area, bordering Afghanistan, witness said. Activists of “Islami Tehrik-e-Taliban” in north Waziristan attacked the video shops in Mir Ali Bazaar and destroyed video cassettes, televisions and VCRs, they said.

The Tehrik had earlier warned video shop owners, drug traffickers and others involved in immoral business of dire consequences if they did not voluntarily shutdown such businesses.

Witnesses said the Tehrik’s men armed with rocket launchers, missiles and heavy machineguns cordoned off the bazaar and took positions on the rooftops of buildings. Some of the armed men then stormed the video and music shops in the bazaar and started throwing out the video and audio cassettes, televisions and VCRs which were later set on fire. Later the local administration closed down all video and music shops to avoid, any untoward incident.

Source: The Nation
Date:4/13/2000