Scared Dad Seeks Asylum Over Moustache
Pakistani man: Extremists are threatening my life
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2013 3:34 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Now that's a stache: Pakistani businessman Malik Amir Mohammad Khan Afridi sports a 30-inch moustache that he calls his pride and joy—but admits could get him killed, the Independent reports. "People give me a lot of respect," says Afridi, who spends $150 monthly to treat the Daliesque lip hair with soaps and oils. "It's my identity. ... I'd even sacrifice food, but not the moustache. It's my life. It's not part of my life. It is my life." Note that in South Asia, dramatic facial hair is often associated with male virility.

But Islamic extremists consider it an insult, and Afridi says they kidnapped him after he refused to pay a $500 monthly protection bill. They freed him once he shaved it off, but the father of ten moved from the Khyber district to Peshawar and grew it back. Phone threats followed, so he moved south to Punjab. Now he's hoping the moustache will open the door to political asylum. "My first choice would be an Islamic country such as Dubai," he told a journalist. "But I also willing to go to countries such as the US, Canada, or Britain. "

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heyzeus
Aug 9, 2013 3:32 PM CDT
Islamic extremists no different than Mafia shake-down artists. "Protection money" indeed.
HANKHILL
Aug 9, 2013 2:10 PM CDT
GIVE THIS FAREEEEEEEEEEK A JOB AT THE WHITE HOUSE HE WOULD FIT RIGHT IN! PHARAOH BARACK INSANE OBAMA NEEDS SOMEONE TO WASH HIS FEET!
wei2szu
Aug 9, 2013 9:52 AM CDT
To the kidnappers, just do us all a favor and kill him. Quit playing around with him.