PESHAWAR: Administrators of a seminary in Landi Kotal, located in Khyber Agency, have regretted their act of setting musical instruments on fire after Friday prayer and issued a written apology.
The musical instruments were snatched by the administrators, along with some followers, from musicians performing at wedding ceremonies in two different villages, namely Sheikh Mal Khel and Mukhtar Khel, on Thursday evening. After emblazing the instruments in the premises of Darul Ulum wa Astana-e-Banoria Ashkhel, Muhammad Ibrahim – alias Bacha Jan – thanked some of the elders for extending their support for, what he called, eliminating “obscenity” and “un-Islamic acts” from their roots.
Soon after the incident, however, Landi Kotal assistant political agent issued notices to the administrators on Friday evening following which the administrators, including Muhammad Ilyas Banoori – alias Khan Lala, his son Muhammad Habib Banoori, a close relative Muhammad Ishaq Banoori and tribal elder Haji Khan Dad, tendered a written apology. In their apology, they regretted the act terming the incident a ‘misunderstanding’, and promised to remain law abiding in future and refrain from committing such unlawful acts.
The political administration didn’t make any comments in public on the incident yet, but the common tribesmen and elders, especially those associated with political parties and civil society organisations, have praised the political administration for taking an early notice of the matter.
Tribal elder and Khyber Agency Awami National Party (ANP) President Shah Hussain Shinwari condemned the destruction of musical instruments and said, “There was nothing unlawful, unethical and un-Islamic in the music programmes arranged during the wedding ceremonies,” and added that it is a part of tribal as well as “Pakhtoon culture”.
In response to a question the president said, “These elements have made the society a hostage from the last several years, and by offering an apology they realised their mistakes.”
According to reports, arranging musical events on the eve of weddings and other ceremonies was a routine throughout Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and adjoining tribal regions. But due to extremist threats, such activities have been affected badly in the area.
A large number of singers and artists have abandoned their profession and migrated to Western and European countries.
During the period of militancy, when the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s activities weakened the writ of the state, a female singer was murdered in Mingora city while a number of artists became victims of terror in Peshawar, Mardan and other cities and towns.