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Posted on 04/13/2007 10:46:10 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
Pak-Taleban shave wedding singers heads, moustaches
Web posted at: 4/13/2007 10:1:29
Source ::: AFP
PESHAWAR, Pakistan Taleban extremists shaved the heads and moustaches of a troupe of Pakistani singers, then clashed with a marriage party and took six hostages, officials and witnesses said yesterday.
The Islamists intercepted the musicians overnight near the conservative northwestern town of Lakki Marwat where the group was due to perform at three weddings, local police said.
After beating the troupe and smashing up their instruments, the militants then shaved the performers heads and moustaches, a witness said.
Early yesterday the angry hosts of one wedding went after the Taleban and a clash erupted in which two local residents were wounded, police said.
The militants then took some six people hostage, whose whereabouts are currently unknown, they said. Lakki Marwat lies some 160km south-west of Peshawar, near the lawless South Waziristan tribal district where the Pakistan army has fought pitched battles against Al Qaeda linked militants.
Pro-Taleban militants have bombed music and video shops and barred hair salons from shaving beards in a bid to impose strict a Islamic code as in neighbouring Afghanistan during the 1996-2001 Taleban era.
The practice of shaving peoples beards and hair is designed to humiliate them and is often used as a punishment in the devoutly Islamic tribal zones.
Now if I was forced to keep a ratty beard and ratty hair, that would be quite a punishment for me and I would feel quite humiliated....
Were the islamists from the liberal town?
This is similar to that Bible story where some group of people captured another group, shaved their heads and beards (IIRC) and cut holes in their pants and robes so that their rear ends were seen and sent them home humiliated—http://tinyurl.com/2td9m9 and a huge battle commenced because of the incident...some cultures are really deeply angered by this sort of humiliation, even though it doesn’t seem a big deal to us here in America nowadays.
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