“Who wants to be beheaded first?” Women Shoppers Missing in SWAT
René | March 18, 2009 at 12:06 pmby
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MINGORA: It has been more than a month since the government and the Tehreek Nifaz-e-Shariat Muhammadi (TNSM) signed a peace deal in Swat but the shopkeepers at Cheena Market, once the busiest in Mingora city, are still waiting for female shoppers.
The Swat-based Taliban had banned females from going to markets and schools for education. However, girls are back in schools after Taliban leader Fazlullah agreed to a peace bid by his father-in-law, TNSM’s chief Sufi Muhammad but women are still avoiding going to bazaars.
“Business has still not returned to normal despite a marked change in the situation,” a shopkeeper, Ikramullah Khan, told Daily Times.
The reason for women staying away from the once popular place is obvious – threats from the Taliban.
On March 8, a bearded man, who the shopkeepers believed to be a Taliban, pulled out a dagger in a shop and said, “Who wants to be beheaded first?”
The incident was enough to frighten the women and prevent them from going to the markets.
“I used to make a good profit when the Taliban had not banned women from going to markets,” a shopkeeper said.
Source Pakistan Daily Times
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