Prayers made compulsory in NWFP
PESHAWAR: The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal government in the NWFP has made the offering of prayers compulsory with warnings of action against violators. The government issued a notification on Saturday asking all Muslims to leave their shops, offices, school and work and offer prayers at the time of calling.
“The provincial government has issued a notification to motivate all government employees to offer prayers during their working hours,” Establishment Provincial Secretary Ataullah Khan Toru told AFP on Sunday. “The government has also directed all concerned departments that a mosque should be included in the maps of all government buildings to be constructed in future,” Mr Toru said. A notification circulated in government offices by the establishment and administration department directed the officials to say prayers or face strict disciplinary action. The MMA on Tuesday tabled a long-awaited bill on enforcing Sharia law in the Frontier, raising fears the move could lead to Taliban-style local government.
Since surging to power in October polls, the MMA has launched a so-called anti-obscenity drive in the NWFP, vandalising music stores and tearing down billboards with images of women. The government this month banned men from training female athletes or watching women play sport. —AFP