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Taliban going without beards to flee Pakistan army assault

Posted in S. Asia

Published on July 11, 2014 with No Comments

Hundreds of Taliban fighters rushed to disguise themselves with new haircuts in the weeks before a Pakistani army assault, it has emerged, as refugees revealed details of life under the militants – and their taste for imported luxuries, reported media from England quoting top barbers in Miranshah – the main town of North Waziristan – until he, like nearly half a million others, fled the long-awaited offensive unleashed by the Pakistan military on the tribal area in June.  “I have trimmed the hair and beards of more than 700 local and Uzbek militants ahead of the security forces’ operation,” he said while cutting hair in a shop in Bannu, the town where most civilians fled.  For years he cut Taliban commanders’ hair to match the flowing locks of former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud, killed by a US drone last November, but in May a change in style was called for.  “The same leaders came asking for trimming their beards and hair very short, saying that they were going to the Gulf and wanted to avoid problems at Pakistani airports,” Khan has been quoted by the media.
The Pakistani military launched the offensive against militants in North Waziristan tribal area on June 15, vowing to wipe out the strongholds they have used to wreak countless deadly terror attacks across the nuclear-armed state.

 

 

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