Police in Peshawar suburb bans music at marriage ceremonies

Published: March 13, 2017
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PESHAWAR: Mattani village, long haunted by harsh Taliban rule, is now facing police fury for violating one puritanical religious precept advocated by Taliban militia – complete ban on music during marriage ceremonies.

For years people in the village, which is in Peshawar’s suburbs, were prohibited to play music during marriage ceremonies. Taliban militants ensured complete compliance with a dose of strict punishments.

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But now, police have effectively replaced strict Taliban enforcers.

Houses are raided and anyone who violates this rule is now promptly arrested and locked up in police station.

A local villager, Abdul Qadir, told The Express Tribune that police not only raided houses, but also beat up people and insulted them without any valid cause or provocation.

“This (situation) has created widespread unrest among the local people,” he asserted.

“The entire area was in the grip of constant fear when Taliban held sway over the area … They (Taliban) had banned music as well as (ordered closure of all) music centers and CD houses … Taliban are now long gone but now we suffer at the hands of police personnel who are enforcing the same rule applied by Taliban,” he maintained.

According to him, this was being done at the behest of certain elements, who had allegedly told police to stop the use of music as it was un-Islamic … Police are now busy arresting people in the village to appease these people.”

He said that on Saturday night, police raided a musical function, arrested all participants and put them in the lock-up.

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“They were insulted for playing music and (inviting) a transgender troupe to dance,” he said.

Police had no qualms about turning the happy occasion of marriage ceremony into mourning by putting everyone behind bars.

According to a police official, the local SP had ordered to impose the ban on all musical functions, even the ones held to mark marriages.

Some local elders in Sheikhan village, also in Peshawar suburbs, had also banned musical function in their area last year. The elders contended that such activities were “unhealthy” for the younger generation.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 13th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • yasir
    Mar 13, 2017 - 1:00PM

    Marriage or any other functions in residential area of posh areas like Hayatabad are nuisance for sorrounding neighbourhood. Music is so loud that near by homes are disturbed. Its disturbing when someone nearby has patients,kids,exams and someone mourning death of nearby. Government must ban loud music being played at homes in hayatabad. People playing lound music in residential areas at homes have no regard for neighbours who might be morning death, taking care of sick,kids and exams preparation.Recommend

  • EyeOpnere
    Mar 13, 2017 - 3:05PM

    Express tribune seems in extreme hurry while putting on one side of the news. Have you consulted police department regarding this situation?Might be the things are different than what express tribune has explained here. Express tribune should learn to share and spread complete information to avoid any misconceptions in the society. Recommend

  • israr
    Mar 13, 2017 - 5:36PM

    it was not just the music it was also the crackers which are banned in Peshawar as they create fear in the area plus the laud music is somehow inviting ttp to blast the whole of the ceremony so i think if was good on the behalf of police to follow their SOP as the organisers never asked for permissions or security Recommend

  • A Jan
    Mar 13, 2017 - 6:36PM

    It may not be the music party it is the indiscriminate firing which has resulted killing of several innocent people and the fear that is instilled by the huge bangs and explosion. Our problem is that we celebrate both happiness and sadness with gun. May God help us. Recommend

  • Raghu
    Mar 14, 2017 - 11:19AM

    Looks like a biased story. Why the author going to an extreme and comparing TTP with the Police men? Recommend

  • Nafis
    Mar 15, 2017 - 2:26AM

    Police action is appreciated. Musical functions becomes assemblage of uninvited unwanted mob whose behavior is uncontrollable by the host. This lead to arial firing and scuffle and targetting firing thus increasing animosity. This also leads to disturbance of peace a d vilation of the rights of neighbours as well. One sided news by Tribune is regrettable.Recommend

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