For failing to stop their “illegal and un-Islamic” business. “Faith healers: another casualty of lawlessness in Frontier,” from The News, February 23:
PESHAWAR: Faith healers have either stopped practicing or have gone underground because of threats to their lives.
The faith healers of the city have been receiving threats for the past many months and the government failed to provide them security. A number of them were picked from various parts of the city and freed only after assurance that they would no longer continue their practice.
Phool Badshah “” the latest victim in the city “” was shot dead by unknown people at Khan Mast Colony in the Yakatoot Police Station jurisdiction. Police, as usual, are yet to work out the case.
The office of another faith healer was blown up with explosives in Kohati locality last month. He was threatened by a group to stop his “illegal and un-Islamic” business, but he refused. Abdul Nasir of Pandu, Naseer Shah of Kohat Road, two “˜pirs” of Badaber and a number of others from across the city were either picked or attacked for practicing faith healing.
The murder of Pir Rafiullah of Taroo Jabba grieved the entire city. Armed men from picked him up from outside his residence last month and later his beheaded body was recovered from the boundary of Khyber Agency. No group claimed responsibly for his murder so far…