After divorce, Taliban now bans beard shaving in FATA

April 11th, 2009 - 6:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Taliban Islamabad, Apr.11 (ANI): Days after announcing a ban on divorce, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has now barred men in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Bajaur region from shaving their beards.

Announcing the ban over the outfit’s illegal FM radio station, the TTP’s Bajaur Agency chief Faqir Muhammad said severe punishment would be handed out to those who do not follow the restrictions.

The TTP has also announced a ban on drug peddling, non-government organisations (NGO) from working in the agency, and has termed the grants under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) as ‘haram’.

Muhammad said some people have been arrested for their involvement in the BISP and would be punished according to sharia.

“People assisting women in getting ID cards made and distributing BISP money among them would be arrested,” he warned. (ANI)

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