Pak militants force ban on songs, videos on cellphones
The management of two markets have closed shops frequented by people wanting to load songs and music and dance videos on the memory cards used in mobile phones.
The shopkeepers were 'directed to pack up or change their business,' according to a report in The News daily.
The militants issued a threat to shops dealing in memory cards, said a shopkeeper at Muslim Market in Peshawar Cantonment who did not want to be named.
'They were mostly dealing in transferring ringtones, songs and various kinds of videos,' he said.
The shopkeeper said the owners of these shops were told by traders dealing in mobile phones to wind up their business since they were posing a threat to other shops.
The shopkeeper claimed these shops were involved in 'spreading pornographic videos'.
Police have stepped up patrolling in the area while the management of business plazas have made arrangements to avert any untoward incident after the threats from the militants.
Banners placed outside the main cellular phone markets in Peshawar asked customers to approach shops to purchase only cellular phones and accessories and not memory cards.
'These shops aren't selling memory cards and USBs,' read a banner outside mobile phone shops on Saddar Road.
Militants had warned mobile phone shops in Saddar, Karkhano Market, Hayatabad and in the inner part of Peshawar that they would be bombed
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