Sharia Alert. “Music stores bombed in Pakistan,” from the BBC, June 4:
At least four people have been wounded after militants bombed video and music outlets in north-west Pakistan.
The injuries were all from a blast at the Ashraf music store in Kohat, a town in North-West Frontier Province (NWFP).
Militants also blew up two dozen stalls selling CDs and videos in Miran Shah in the tribal area of North Waziristan. No casualties were reported.
Pro-Taleban militants regard music and film as un-Islamic and are behind dozens of such attacks in recent years.
The BBC’s Ilyas Khan says Wednesday’s attack in Kohat is the first to have been carried out in NWFP in daylight.
More than a dozen music shops were blown up on the outskirts of the town on Monday night.
Most music stores in NWFP have either closed down or switched to other business following threats from suspected Taleban groups.
The attacks come at a time when militants based in a tribal district near Kohat are reported to be nearing a peace agreement with the authorities.
A police official told the BBC it was too early to tell who carried out the Kohat bombings.
He said there could be several motives for the attacks, ranging from extortion to an effort to create hurdles in the impending peace agreement.
Or, they could simply be enforcing Sharia law as they always intended. After all, Sharia in the North-West Frontier Province has been promised to the Taliban in the peace agreement with the Pakistani government.