|Four people handed over their television sets for setting on fire after the Imam (prayer leader) of Eid Gaah, Garhi Habibullah, issued a call to the general public to destroy their TVs to put an end to ‘increasing obscenity’.
Prayer leader Shafqat-ur-Rehman, when contacted by this reporter, said he had issued the call to general public for putting their TV sets on fire because he believed that obscenity being spread through cable networks was responsible for the devastating earthquake.
“I made a call to this effect during combined Dua following Fajr prayers on Monday (Oct 10, 2005)” said Mr Rehman, adding that “the destruction caused by the earthquake was God’s wrath for the obscenity promoted by cable networks”.
It was only six months ago cable network started in Garhi Habibullah.
People of the area housing Markazi Eid Gaah (Central mosque where Eid prayers are offered) told this reporter that the prayer leader had set ablaze all the four TV handed over to him.
The prayer leader, talking to Dawn, said that a number of people had pledged to hand over their TV sets to him.
However, only four turned up because a vast majority of the local people had lost household items, including TV sets, when their homes destroyed by the quake.
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