Updated: 02/20/2014 21:31 | By Agence France-Presse

Pakistani city enforces ban on music in public transport

Traffic police in the Pakistani city of Karachi said Thursday they have launched a campaign to stop music being played in public transport due to complaints from women.

Pakistani city enforces ban on music in public transport

A Pakistani traffic police officer holds a music player that was removed from a passenger bus in Karachi, on February 20, 2014 - by Asif Hassan

The authorities denied the move was in response to a reported warning from the Taliban, who consider music sinful according to their fundamentalist interpretation of Islam.

"No there was no threat to the traffic police from anyone, it is entirely baseless," Arif Hanif, Karachi traffic police chief AFP.

"We only got complaints from the women commuters and nothing else," Hanif said.

"And the campaign is aimed at the implementation of the law as the rules prohibit playing music in public transport," he said.

The congested roads of the chaotic city of 20 million are plied by a variety of public transport vehicles including buses, rickshaws and taxis.

Drivers caught playing music will be fined and music players will be confiscated under the crackdown.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) launched an insurgency seven years ago that has claimed nearly 7,000 lives. 

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