March 4, 2013
New Taliban target: ringtones
Pakistani Taliban have threatened to bomb a mobile phone market for the "shameless" selling of video clips, ringtones and accessories, officials said on Saturday, reports the Bankgok Post.
Sixty shopkeepers in this northwestern city received letters ordering them to burn the offending stock, including memory cards and speakers for MP3 players, and stick to selling only mobile phones and essential accessories.
DVD and CD shops have in the past been bombed by militants who deemed the businesses "un-Islamic".
In one of the letters, seen by AFP, militants wrote: "Do not compel us to send a bomber. ... Stop this shameless business in one week and burn the shameful stuff. Just sell mobile phones, batteries and chargers.
"Your markets have become centres of shamelessness. ... Our mission is to stop this shameless business and if you do not stop it yourself then we will make an example of you and your market.
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