Summary 13 people were killed and at least 35 were injured on February 11, in a grenade attack on Shama Cinema, situated near a busy Bacha Khan Square in Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa province. The cinema was known for sometimes showing pornographic films in one of its auditoriums. The blast at the cinema came 11 days after a similar attack at Picture House Cinema situated in Kabuli Bazaar area of Peshawar. No one has claimed the responsibility. Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ejaz Ahmed speaking said three grenades were thrown in the cinema hall when a show was ongoing. The first hand grenade was detonated in the front, second in the back followed by the third blast. He said, up to 80 people were present in the cinema at the time of explosions. The Cinema owners of the city had been receiving threats and had informed the police accordingly. They police did not take any steps besides directing cinema owners to install CCTV cameras. Condemning the incident, political leaders termed it a step to derail peace talks between Government and Taliban representatives. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid condemned the incident and denied any involvement of Tehrik-e-Taliban. "
Summary Two hand grenades were lobbed inside the hall of “Picture House” cinema during the screening of a Pashto film “Zidi Pakhtun” (stubborn Pakhtun) on February 2, 2014, in Peshawar, the capital of troubled Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. Pakistani Taliban group “Jundallah” has claimed the responsibility considering the film as anti-Shariah. According to police report, the grenades were hurled by a person from the back seats in the theatre. One of the hand-grenades landed in the middle of the cinema and the other on the head of a man in the audience. At least five people were killed and more than 30 others injured. Police said that cinema houses in the city were already under threat and police had warned the cinema house owners of the attacks and asked them to make proper security arrangements but cinema administration was found to be careless and neglectful. Provincial Information Minister said a third force might be involved in the grenade blasts to sabotage peace talks between the government and the Taliban while Interior Minister has asked authorities for a prompt report over the incident. Peshawar is a frontline city in Pakistan’s battle against Taliban insurgents, who regard films as sinful.
Summary A powerful explosion in the town of Mingora, in the Swat district of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan, destroyed over 50 shops in two adjacent music and video markets on 7 September 2007. The explosion in the Ali Plaza damaged 20 shops on the first floor and 20 on the ground floor. Another 10 shops of cosmetics and two hair-cutting salons were destroyed in an adjacent market. Millions of rupees worth of goods were destroyed in the fire that engulfed the buildings after the bomb blast. According to press reports, the owners of the markets and shopkeepers had received warnings from local Taliban members, warning them to close what the militants described as illegal and "un-Islamic" businesses or otherwise to be ready for explosions. The police were informed about the threats but took no action. District Police Officer Mohammad Iqbal Khan confirmed that leaflets had been pasted on walls and shops in the markets, warning the shopkeepers that the place would be blown up if their businesses were not closed. Members of the Taliban and other religious extremists have been waging a campaign of threats, intimidation and violent attacks against video and music shops because they believe that movies and pop music promote obscenity and destroy religious values.
Summary Three music shops were destroyed and several others were damaged on 25 August 2007 in explosions in Buner, in the North Western Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan. Press reports quoting police officials said the improvised explosives that were used were locally made and were timed to go off around 11:00 pm (local time). The music and video shop owners had earlier received warnings from religious militants to close their businesses which, according to the groups, were spreading vulgarity and obscenity. The Taliban and other religious extremists have been waging a campaign of threats, intimidation and violent attacks against video and music shops because they believe that movies and pop music promote obscenity and destroy the religious values of the people (see IFEX alerts of 9 July, 8 and 7 May 2007). Video shops owners in Matta Tehsil and other areas of Swat District in NWFP have also received letters ordering them to close their business within 15 days or face having their shops blown up.