Elders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Landi Kotal on Friday announced a 'ban' on musical gatherings in the area, sources in the political administration told DawnNews.
Syed Mohammad Ilyas Banuri alias Khan Lala and Syed Muhammad Ibrahim alias Bacha Jan, organisers of the Khanqah-e-Binoria seminary, announced the restriction on musical gatherings in the Shinwari Ashkhel area, the sources said.
The elders warned that the houses of those either holding musical gatherings or in possession of musical instruments would be burnt, the sources said.
According to sources, a few days ago, the organisers of the seminary had ransacked weddings in the area and seized musical instruments being played there. Today, after Friday prayers and in the presence of hundreds of people, the men burnt the instruments.
Banuri and Jan used to have a strong hold over the area before militancy took hold and subsequent counter-terror operations followed, the political administration sources claimed.
At the time, they issued religious orders similar to the one announced today and residents of the area would follow them, they added.