Last Updated: Mon, 24 Aug 2009 12:24:00 +1000
People in a Pakistani frontier region threatened by the Taliban are trying to preserve a culture rich in poetry and dance from religious extremism.
The culture of the ethnic Pashtun peoples often delights in worldly pleasures – like sex and alcohol – considered un-Islamic by religious conservatives.
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Tags: Badaber · freedom of speech · Ghani Khan · Islam · Pakistan · Pashtun culture · poetry · Swat valley · Taliban
Much of Afghanistan’s Pashtun-dominated south and east has been tense during for the recent presidential elections, but just over the border in Pakistan, outside Peshawar, the battle rages for cultural control of the community. The Taliban are trying to outlaw traditional poetry and dance, which they consider un-Islamic.
Speaker: Fazal Maula, Peshawar-based non-government organisation
QADRI: Following my travels through northwestern Pakistan where millions fled the war against the Taliban, I met members of an anti-Taliban lashkar or army in the tribal district of Badaber. To describe Badaber as an outpost would be something of an understatement. Both the Taliban and government security forces have wrestled for control of this vitally strategic tribal region. Fazal Maula from a local non-government organisation explains.
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Tags: democracy · freedom of speech · Ghani Khan · Islam · Pakistan · Pashtun culture · Taliban