Postcard: Peshawar

The city used to be a magnet for musicians and moviemakers. Now religious extremists are the biggest show in town. A look inside the war on Pakistan's entertainers

Johan Spanner for TIME

Theaters like the Shabistan Cinema have come under threat from militant Islamists

Bakht Munih, 43, knows porn when he sees it. He scans a display of DVDs and jabs a finger at one that depicts a man and a woman, their faces perilously close. "That's a porno," the fruit vendor shouts. "It's a man kissing a woman." Aziz ul-Haq, the video-shop owner, is incredulous. "This is a family drama, a romance, nothing more," he says. The crowd of men crammed into this darkened shop nods in agreement with Haq. But Munir storms out with a warning: "These movies are destroying the character of our children."

It's an argument Haq and other video-shop owners...

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