A teacher who once fought as a mujahideen against Soviet occupation forces in Afghanistan has been gunned down by the Taliban in Pakistan’s troubled Swat valley for not hiking up his ‘salwar’ or trousers above his ankles.
Though the Pakistani Taliban have not issued any edict for the salwar to be worn in this manner, there have been reports of the militants threatening men for not hiking up their trousers.
The militants say hiking up the trousers is essential for offering prayers.
Former mujahideen Amjad Islam, who was working as a teacher in a private school in Swat, was gunned down on Thursday for not hiking his salwar above his ankles.
The militants then went to Islam’s house and gunned down his father, Ghani Akbar, a lawyer by profession.
Islam’s body was later hung by the militants from a pole in the College Square in Matta town and local residents were warned not to touch it till Friday morning.
Local residents said the militants had asked Islam to hitch his salwar above his ankles. But he argued and this led to a scuffle.
The teacher, who had a pistol, fired at the militants and killed a Taliban fighter and wounded two more. He then tried to flee but the militants shot and stabbed him, killing him instantly. Locals also said Islam’s father was a religious and humble man.