Pakistan Taliban 'bans vulgar films, Viagra'

By AFP
Published: February 11, 2013

A file photo of a shopkeeper as he browses through music CDs in his shop in Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: The Tehreek-e-Taliban has warned shopkeepers in Karkhano market, Peshawar to stop selling “obscene films” and Viagra-style male potency pills.

Shopkeepers told AFP Monday that they found handwritten pamphlets containing the warnings on Saturday.

“Selling sex drugs, vulgar films and obscene movies are against Sharia,” said copies of the pamphlet distributed in the name of TTP Khyber.

“All those involved in this business are warned to quit this occupation and start a lawful business or face the consequences,” it said.

Those who received the threatening letter spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity because of fear of reprisals.

Dozens of shops in Karkhano openly sell pornographic films and male potency tablets, according to witnesses.

The market borders the Khyber district, where fighting has recently intensified in a long-running military operation against the Taliban and other militias on the Afghan border.

Shopkeepers selling music and films are routinely threatened in the area, where hundreds of DVD and CD shops have been bombed in the past by militants who deem their business un-Islamic.

At least 10 people were killed and 26 wounded Friday when a bomb exploded near a DVD shop in Kalaya, the main town of Orakzai tribal district.

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Reader Comments (54)

  • Billoo Bhaya
    Feb 11, 2013 - 1:33PM

    No Viagra!!! What are going to do during the cold winter???

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  • ManofSteel!
    Feb 11, 2013 - 1:36PM

    it had to make headline in ET!

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  • Vikas
    Feb 11, 2013 - 1:39PM

    Good move by Taliban for population control. Govt of Pakistan should learn a trick or two from them.

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  • Haris Chaudhry
    Feb 11, 2013 - 1:42PM

    Whats wrong with Viagra tablets ? Perhaps if TTP warriors start trying them out, they will spend less time fighting Pakistanis and more time…. ummm…. :) !

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  • Feb 11, 2013 - 1:46PM

    This is not news. The TTP is now calling the shots in Peshawar. Soon they will say move over PPP, we are taking over. “Theocracy is the best revenge.”

    Previously, they bombed CD shops and have now issued a warning to discontinue the sale of obscene and vulgar movies and sex drugs or face the consequences. Whatever may be the intent, its not a bad idea to stop the exhibition of pornography and drugs. Salams TTP.

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  • Awais
    Feb 11, 2013 - 1:52PM

    Such measures ought to be taken by improving seller’s feeling towards Islam and informing him about aftermath of next life. If he adapts then he will cause to change many. Contrarily, if you try to suppress he might stop selling but his heart will never change.

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  • Raza Khan
    Feb 11, 2013 - 2:01PM

    Please get real! Stop living in Tora Bora caves.

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  • Masood Khan
    Feb 11, 2013 - 2:06PM

    What about ‘salajeet’; is this allowed?

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  • Mulla Kuta
    Feb 11, 2013 - 2:12PM

    when will the authorities ban the TTP?

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  • Janu Kapati
    Feb 11, 2013 - 2:15PM

    How Viagra is against Religion? It is a medicine for EDS … i.e. Erectile Dysfunctional Syndrome. What jerks TTP is made of.

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  • Yasir Naqvi
    Feb 11, 2013 - 2:24PM

    The way things are going I am afraid it is not long before Taliban take over Pakistan completely

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  • Concerned
    Feb 11, 2013 - 2:24PM

    Can’t disagree with Taliban over this

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  • ishtiaq
    Feb 11, 2013 - 2:30PM

    for a moment i was thinking which govt Dept is “TTP”…. :)

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  • Mukarram Khan
    Feb 11, 2013 - 2:30PM

    Good Decision by Taliban , Stop Spreading Vulgarity.

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  • ahmad
    Feb 11, 2013 - 2:33PM

    and this was responsibility of Govt. to ban these things

    through these actions TTP will get sympathy from locals

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  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Feb 11, 2013 - 2:44PM

    Next talia (clapping) will be banned Tali ban.

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  • Yoghurt lover
    Feb 11, 2013 - 2:55PM

    @Vikas:

    “Good move by Taliban for population control. Govt of Pakistan should learn a trick or two from them.”

    What population control? TTP is saying don’t see, do.

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  • Enlightened
    Feb 11, 2013 - 3:09PM

    Taliban has chosen the right place for implementation of sharia which would soon spread over to other parts of Pakistan. The time will come people the world over would visit Pakistan who will be cut off from rest of the world on special visas issued by Taliban to see and study the conditions prevailing during the medieval times.

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  • Something Clever
    Feb 11, 2013 - 3:23PM

    But snuff films aren’t too obscene for them. Those films probably are their answer to porn and Viagra.
    Really though, if they can spend their time worrying about the method an old man uses to get it up they must have it easy. You usually only see that kind of thing from bored self-righteous politicians.

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  • Feb 11, 2013 - 3:37PM

    @ raza khan TTP do not need to live in tora bora while there is Pakistan .

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  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Feb 11, 2013 - 3:39PM

    So now TTP is the government. The KP government must be on its death bed. Who gave the mandate to TTP. Will government remain silent?

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  • zoro
    Feb 11, 2013 - 3:47PM

    Badluck for woman in Pakistan ….

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  • sani
    Feb 11, 2013 - 3:56PM

    anything associated with Taliban has to be criticized. Vulgar movies should be banned, their is nothing wrong in that, Sin should be abolished form zero level rather then controllign using police.

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  • Adnan
    Feb 11, 2013 - 3:57PM

    Got it now… TTP is working with department for controlling population, suicide bombing reduce population so does, not having Viagra!!!

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  • Adnan
    Feb 11, 2013 - 4:00PM

    What about the horror/violent/blood movies these heartless TTP gang members direct and produce on the street of my country, when they are banning these?

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  • Khan
    Feb 11, 2013 - 4:03PM

    So i heard Army had recovered such kind of pills from dens of TTP during Swat and Waziristan operation.They must have got the supplies back and now trying to be saints i guess……

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  • DevilHunterX
    Feb 11, 2013 - 4:26PM

    First they were against Polio because it kills the sex drive, not they are against Viagra because it gives sex drive?

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  • Syme
    Feb 11, 2013 - 4:40PM

    Ban dates, onion and olives:)

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  • Avatar
    Feb 11, 2013 - 4:47PM

    hahahhaha this must be so troubling for the liberals lol :D

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  • Ali S
    Feb 11, 2013 - 4:52PM

    I bet they raided all the Viagra for themselves. Sick perverts.

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  • Member Fourth Pillor..
    Feb 11, 2013 - 5:13PM

    Next on list, Homeo doctors and herbal medicines (salajeet) being used for EDS…

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  • Amir Ali
    Feb 11, 2013 - 5:22PM

    @Janu Kapati:

    They might be against open sale, not prescription sale.

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  • Rex Minor
    Feb 11, 2013 - 5:37PM

    The Talibans must have become aware of what is occuring on Delhi highways with women! At least they have not banned Kiff, which should calm the folks.

    Rex Minor

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  • Masood Khan
    Feb 11, 2013 - 5:48PM

    TTP is silent on ‘Naswar’ — conflict of interest?

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  • Feb 11, 2013 - 6:03PM

    Well, if its against Islam, its against Islam!

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  • Feb 11, 2013 - 6:03PM

    What about producing & selling selling heroin/ opium.( extremists/ Taliban are engaged in selling/ supporting its sale ) Are they Islamic.? The Fatwa can be that there is no restriction on such drugs as there is no reference of such drugs in Quran, & Hadith .( use of religion for vested interest.) .
    Those who are supporting Taliban’s move in banning won’t be able to confront them even if they disagree on other matters.

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  • Abdullah Hashmi
    Feb 11, 2013 - 6:04PM

    If we are not able to control the spread of vulgarity, then such groups will take over and have their way… it is about time we learn or we’ll have to face the bitter consequences.

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  • Zaleel Mullah
    Feb 11, 2013 - 6:20PM

    Talibans use alternative. They prefer Salajeet and arrange peep hole shows for the clerics.

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  • In the know...
    Feb 11, 2013 - 6:29PM

    The news piece states, “militants who deem their business un-Islamic.”. To my liberal friends [I am personally a centrist!!!], pornography is as much “unislamic” for all of us, as it is for the militants. Not only is it un-Islamic, which may or may not matter to a true liberal, its trade and use is also against the laws of Pakistan, which must matter to all, liberals or conservatives or centrists like myself.

    Furthermore, while it is true that Viagra is a medicine, it is a prescription drug, to be sold under strict medical guidance and CANNOT be sold without a prescription. The side effects of extended, unmonitored use as well as of overdoses [out of sheer curiosity by the uninitiated], could be crippling and extremely dangerous for the user’s health.

    While I am not proclaiming Pakistan as a Caliphate as yet, the “threats” by the militants does make sense. The penalty threatened [i.e. death by bullet or bomb], however, is extremely heavy handed and far outwieghs the crime. A simple public thrashing or face-blackening would suffice! [The poor militants don't have jails and I assure you that if they did, the faulty businessmen would gladly prefer the thrashing / face-blackening!].

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  • Feb 11, 2013 - 6:33PM

    Karkhano is full of these fake chinese drugs and movies. It seems either of these didn’t work for Taliban as promised.

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  • Toba Alu
    Feb 11, 2013 - 7:04PM

    @ishtiaq:

    I was just trying to read an article in on-line in a daily newspaper. Unfortunately it had the word porn in the title, guess what it is blocked. The TPP is already doing its ‘good’ work in the Department. :-)

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  • Feb 11, 2013 - 7:14PM

    The fixation of these mullahs on sex and sexuality instead of basic Islam is beyond me – sad state of affairs

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  • gp65
    Feb 11, 2013 - 8:22PM

    Regardless of whether the orders are right or wrong, is no one seeing the deja vu with 2009 when Taliban used to lord it over Swat?Looks like they are now able to do that in Pehawar. Is the unannounced surrender of Pakistani state to these rogues not a concern to anyone in Pakistan?

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  • abc
    Feb 11, 2013 - 9:07PM

    Taliban eunuchs trying to regain their strength in their personal lives

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  • The Economist
    Feb 11, 2013 - 9:25PM

    When Osama bin laden was killed by navy seals many laptops and hard disk drives were found in which lots of porn movies were found and also he was using Viagra and energy plus capsules. so on on hand Taliban praises and supports him and on the other hand they are opposing such ad this Taliban’s are double faced and claiming to be the protector of Islam by doing everything un-Islamic and killing innocent people.

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  • Chaudhry Nasir
    Feb 11, 2013 - 11:53PM

    Janu Kapati
    10 hours ago
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    How Viagra is against Religion? It is a medicine for EDS … i.e. Erectile Dysfunctional Syndrome. What jerks TTP is made of.

    They would rather JERKOFF!

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  • Final Solution
    Feb 11, 2013 - 11:56PM

    @The Economist:
    Bingo !! I was about to write the same till I read your comment!

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  • Final Solution
    Feb 12, 2013 - 12:25AM

    @In the know…:
    Every drug is a prescription drug and has side effects (yes even Acetaminophen i.e Panadol) and selling drugs without prescription is a crime.

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  • Azmat
    Feb 12, 2013 - 3:08AM

    Oh thats why am getting 8 pills for 800 instead of 16.

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  • Feb 12, 2013 - 3:13AM

    What will the gents who are over 40 or suffer from ED supposed to do now? Will Imran Khan take a jalsa for these poor souls?

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  • In the know...
    Feb 12, 2013 - 1:16PM

    @Final Solution: Apologies, but there is a huge list of Over The Counter drugs that are available across the world, not just in our “everything is over the counter” part of the world…

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  • YUSUF
    Feb 12, 2013 - 6:17PM

    on the contrary, Taliban should always busy by giving them viagra, at least their energies will be directed to satisfy their lust and they dont use guns to kill people

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  • Rashid
    Feb 13, 2013 - 1:37AM

    Who so ever thought Taliban is anti woman should apologise publicly. They are only trying to reduce the workload of Pakistani women. .

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Feb 13, 2013 - 11:36AM

    Being the muslims not TTP but every muslim individually and collectively must have to take solid steps to eliminate/uproot vulgarity from the society but sans damaging/harming any one and any one’s properties by living within gentleness,moral,ethical and Islamic limitation.Because being a muslim this is our first and foremost duty to spread Islamic values in the society thru peaceful means not forcefully on gunpoint by damaging any thing because Islam is the religion of peace and word “Islam” means peace and most especially importantly Rasoolullah (SAW) said that a true muslim is that from which hands and tongue other muslims are save.In the good works we all have to help each others in the peaceful ways….

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