Irked by loud music being played at marriage ceremonies in the outskirts of the provincial capital, a committee of clerics announced that a nikah, for those playing loud music, will not be solemnised 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 martial ceremonies again.
They stated that music was an essential part of the ceremonies 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 to no avail.
“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.