Owners of beauty parlours in the northwestern Pakistani city of Mansehra have received threatening letters from militants asking them to close down their establishments or face the consequences, officials said.
The letters were sent to two beauty parlours on Sunday, the officials said. The militants asked the beauticians to wind up their businesses by August 18 or face attacks.
Following the threat, both parlours closed down, the officials told The News daily.
Another beautician in the city said she was seriously considering the possibility of winding up her business as the owner of the building where her shop is located had asked her to vacate the premises.
"We cannot continue our business in such an environment. It's better to close the business before any untoward incident take place," the beautician said.
Over the past two years, Taliban militants in Pakistan's northwest have targeted shops selling music and movies in a wave of bomb attacks. They have also targeted barbers and warned them not to shave beards.