Taliban threat forces NWFP bus drivers to remove music systems

January 26th, 2009 - 4:09 pm ICT by ANI  

Peshawar, Jan. 26 (ANI): Following a Talibani threat, transporters in the NWFP have ordered the bus drivers to remove all audio and visual equipment from their vehicles by a fixed deadline.
A general bus stand banner in Peshawar echoes the threat issued by the Taliban, If any TV or VCR is found in a vehicle after January 25, the owner will be fined 5,000 rupees and the equipment will be seized.
But the president of the Sarhad Transport Owners Federation, Haji Zahir Shah Yousafzai told the Daily Times it was not the Taliban threats that had forced the music systems removal, but the federation was trying to discourage the drivers practice of showing obscene films during inter-city travelling.
A few days back, the Taliban had warned all bus owners to remove audio and video systems from their vehicles by January 25 or get ready to face the consequences.
Ajmal, a driver who travels between Hangu and Peshawar said that he had removed the cassette player from his vehicle after the Taliban threat.
However, the drivers travelling on local routes are still playing music in their buses and dont plan to remove the audio device.
Listening to music is not illegal and most of the people, especially the youth, prefer to sit in buses that have music playing in them, Niamat, a local driver, said. (ANI)

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