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Monday, August 19, 2013
Islam, Not so facial hair friendly after all! The Dali camel?
Malik Amir Muhammad Khan Afridi is a Businessman from Pakistan, who is facing troubles for his long mustache. Recently he was kidnapped by Islamists over his 30 inch long mustache and was held in a cave for a month until he shaved. Terrorists threatened to kill him if he didn't shave.
Malik Amir Mohammad Khan Afridi and his Moustache
Malik Amir Muhammad Khan Afridi, 48 years old and the father of 10 children has now requested Britain to grant asylum as he faces life threat in Pakistan. He has now grown it back, vowing never to be bowed by the terrorists again despite death threats and kidnapping by Islamic extremists.
According to Afridi this has been his identity since the age of 22. He says, ’I don’t like smoking. I’m not fond of snuff, or drinking. This is the only choice in my life. I’d even sacrifice food, but not the mustache. It’s my life. It’s not part of my life. It is my life.
Moreover it is not cheap to maintain such a big mustache . He has to spend over ₹ 10,000 every month in order to maintain it. He spends 30 minutes daily tending to his flowing mustache.
His Mustache gave him a popularity, but this also earned wrath of Islamic Extremist Groups. A group called Lashkar-e-Islam, which controlled swathes of the Kyber district of Parkistan, near the border with Afghanistan had decreed that mustaches and beards must be shaved or trimmed short.
Lashkar-e-Islam demanded protection money from him and upon refusal he was kidnapped and locked in a cave for 30 days until he shaved off his mustache.
He however has grown it back and moved to Faisalabad when he started getting threats of kidnapping again and now has applied for asylum to British Government.