Odd things, daily.
In the Summer of 2008, Malik Ameer Muhammad Afridi was arrested by members of a militant group known as Lashkar-e-Islami. He was taken to a religious scholar, who declared his remarkable 30-inch moustache to be “un-Islamic”. The moustache was then shaved at gunpoint. Now, three years on, Afridi has fled his hometown so that his moustache can flourish once again.
“I left my dear homeland, my friends and relatives and prepared to sacrifice all that,” Afridi explains. “But I will not compromise my moustache.”
The 47-year-old spends 30 minutes a day styling his moustache, using oil extracts of almond and coconut to nourish the hair. He then uses thick gel to fashion the moustache into handlebar curls.
Malik Ameer Muhammad Afridi
He says, “my moustache style is unique. It has made my tribesmen proud as no one in Pakistan has such a moustache.”
Afridi’s wife, however, is not amused. She has urged him to shave the moustache so they may one day return to their hometown, but Afridi claims he will die before he surrenders his moustache again.
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