LAHORE: The Taliban of Swat have set up a bureau named ‘Shuba-e-Aroosat’ for arranging love marriages of couples who are denied the marriage of choice by their families for one reason or the other, reports BBC Urdu Service.
Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan said the marriage bureau headed by Taliban Commander Abu Ammad arranged 11 ‘love marriages’ in the last nine days while 300 girls and boys are waiting for their turn.
“The love marriage aspirants contact the bureau on a fixed telephone number. The Taliban collect their particulars and then contact their families to arrange these choice marriages,” he said, adding that Islam allows every adult to get marry according to his/her own choice. He said, “Most of the girls, or their families, who contacted us wish to marry ‘militant’ Taliban.”
Analysts say the Taliban are paving the way for themselves to marry the girls of their choice. It is really strange that they flog the couples on one hand for moving together while on the other hand allow young couples to marry according to their choice. Also the question arises how is it possible for a boy or girl to propose while they have not seen each other, reports BBC Urdu Service.
I am sure the other killing of the young couple who tried to elope was just a mere mistake. I quote:
Afghanistan's extremist Taliban publicly executed a young couple who had tried to elope, a provincial governor has said. The pair were shot dead yesterday (AEST) in front of a mosque in the southwestern province of Nimroz, an area where the Islamists have influence. "An unmarried young boy and an unmarried girl who loved each other and wanted to get married had eloped because their families would not approve the marriage," Azad said.
So presumably the other angle would be, get married in the bureau and then get lined up to get shot. Pretty neat arrangement, no? Well, previously you would get married and then get lined up to get shot with a camera, now its just an AK 47…