Clerics not to read out nikah for those playing loud music

Observer Report

Peshawar

Irked by loud music being played at marriage ceremonies in the outskirts of the provincial capital, a committee of religious scholars announced that a nikah, for those playing loud music, will not be read in the future.
According to locals, music had been banned in the past when militants were in control of the area however after the military operation people started playing music at marriage ceremonies again.
They stated that music was an essential part of marital events and that people enjoyed it. They also acknowledged that owing to loudspeakers and DJs, the music could be heard even at a distance, which probably disturbed villagers who sleep early, prompting them to complain to the district administration.
Pasanni area residents said that there were clear directions issued by the authorities that loud speakers should not be used to disturb others but people ignored the orders. The affected residents added that they had also approached the police several times but they are yet to take action.
“There are laws and in fact, violating the Loud Speaker Act is a cognisable offense,” said Ameer Zeb, a local resident. He added that they were not against music but only had an issue with people playing it loudly.
Zeb also said that the issue had also been brought to the notice of Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Saqib Raza Aslam, who issued directions to take action. However, the next day he was transferred and the new deputy commissioner did not follow up on the directions. “Even if they play music, there should be some limits, as playing loud music till 3am is not something that can be accepted easily,” a senior citizen of the area said.

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