Pakistan Taliban leader: 'Men must grow beards'

A Pakistani Taliban leader has warned local tribesmen to grow beards within the next two months in accordance with Islamic teachings, residents said Monday.

Pakistan Taliban leader: 'Men must grow beards'

"Men must grow beards and stop shaving within the next two months," residents quoted senior Taliban commander Maulvi Faqir Mohammad as telling dozens of people at a mosque in Khar, the main town in Bajaur tribal district.

"It is un-Islamic to shave beards. Harsh punishments will be awarded to all violators," added Mohammad, the central vice chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistan Taliban Movement) and also a Muslim cleric.

The group is an umbrella organisation of Taliban factions in Pakistan's tribal belt. Its leader is Baitullah Mehsud.

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