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Why barbers in Pakistan are banned from offering “fashionable” haircuts

Hairdressers in Pakistan’s conservative northwest have announced a ban in their shops on “fashionable” beards, saying trendy facial hair violates Islamic law. (Photo by: ABDUL MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images)

By: Lauren Codling

HAIRDRESSERS in Pakistan’s conservative northwest have announced a ban in their shops on “fashionable” beards, saying trendy facial hair violates Islamic law. The decision affecting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province echoes a similar ban introduced there more than a decade ago, after militant groups including the Pakistani Taliban threatened barbers with dire consequences for trimming beards. “Creating different beard designs is against the Sunnah (teachings) of the Prophet Mohammed,” Sulemani Hairdressers Association president Sharif Kahlu told a press conference in the provincial capital Peshawar last Monday (5). He said tens of thousands of barbers, all members of his association, have promised to…

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