Pakistani Taliban group Tehrik-e-Taliban have issued warnings to market traders in Khyber, Peshawar, to stop selling un-Islamic "Viagra-style" male potency pills or face the consequences.
The latest edict to be issued by Pakistani Islamists determined to enforce sharia law in the Afghan border city of Peshawar is a ban on Viagra and pornographic films. Gulf News reported Tehreek-e-Taliban Khyber produced a pamphlet warning shopkeepers:
"Selling sex drugs, vulgar films and obscene movies are against Sharia. All those involved in this business are warned to quit this occupation and start a lawful business or face the consequences."
Viagra and other sexual stimulants are widely available and popular, in Pakistan, with witchdoctors prescribing a host of options. Religious scholar Muhammad Rafiq Khalil told DW "Islam allows sexual enhancement," though he advocates using natural foods rather than artificial medicines to boost potency. He added Islam would not allow men to take four wives if it was against sexual pleasure.
In Saudi Arabia, a bastion of sharia law, Digital Journal reported Viagra is the second top selling drug in the Kingdom. The strictly Islamic Kingdom spends $1.5 billion annually on sex drugs. However such high use of sexual stimulants is reportedly due to the high rates of male impotence in Saudi.