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December 19, 2011

Taliban set ablaze 300 cellular phones, computers

National

December 19, 2011

PESHAWAR: The Taliban on Sunday seized and set on fire around 300 cellular phones and over a dozen computers from tribesmen in Wana, headquarters of South Waziristan.
Tribal sources said the Taliban had earlier issued leaflets in Wana in which they termed cellphones with camera as the source of promoting obscenity and vulgarity and banned the use of such mobile phone sets.
The Taliban, who are led by Maulvi Nazeer in Wana and Shakai, had pointed out that the youth in Wana and its adjoining villages were involved in misuse of cellular phones with camera and asked the tribesmen to stop using such cellphones in future. The Taliban said they had already banned watching movies and listening to music. Some of the people, they claimed, were still using their computers for watching movies and music and they had to initiate action against them.
According to sources, dozens of armed militants in the morning started searching vehicles and shops in Wana’s Rustam bazaar and seized 300 cellphones from the tribesmen, mostly youngsters, and over a dozen computers. The seized material was later burnt in the bazaar. The Taliban said they would continue to discourage cellphones with cameras and computers and warned the violators of severe punishment.

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