http://jang.com.pk/thenews/aug2004-daily/04-08-2004/national/n7.htm The News, Karachi, Pakistan Wednesday August 04, 2004-- Jamadi-us-Sani 17, 1425 A.H. Kashmiri clerics seek ban on Pakistani song JAMMU: Kashmiri clerics here have forbidden Muslims from listening to a hot-selling pop cassette by Pakistani singers who likened divine power to a pen. At least two religious leaders in the south of the region have issued orders against listening to the cassette of tracks by two Pakistani singers, Akram Rahi and Naseebo Lal. The clerics were upset about lyrics in one Punjabi-language song that said: "God has written our luck with an ordinary pen." "God's pen can never be ordinary and hence the poetic expression is un-Islamic," said Maulvi Hafiz Aijaz of the Jamia mosque in the southern town of Rajouri. "Those who sell or buy the collection of the songs will go to hell," he added. But shopkeepers said the songs were such hits that they could barely keep up with demand. Police doubted the cassette was being smuggled across the heavily militarised frontier. Instead, a police spokesman suspected the cassettes were being marketed on the Indian side by entrepreneurs who recorded the songs off Pakistani television and radio. Maulana Dil Muhammad, another religious leader in Rajouri who condemned the album, called for action in Pakistan to stop the music. "The album would have been banned in Pakistan had the religious leaders and government heard the songs," he said. But Rahi said he has released 130 albums over the past several years and "there is nothing objectionable" in the latest cassette which he made some five months ago.