Afghanistan bans Pakistani newspapers

Published: September 21, 2012
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The order was issued by the ministry of interior, because Pakistani newspapers publish statements of the Taliban, becoming a conduit for their propaganda. PHOTO: FILE

The order was issued by the ministry of interior, because Pakistani newspapers publish statements of the Taliban, becoming a conduit for their propaganda. PHOTO: FILE

KABUL: Afghanistan on Friday banned all Pakistani newspapers from entering the country in an attempt to block the Taliban from influencing public opinion via the press, the Associated Press reported.

The order was issued by the ministry of interior, because Pakistani newspapers publish statements of the Taliban, becoming a conduit for their propaganda.

”The news is not based in reality and it is creating concerns for our countrymen in the eastern provinces of Afghanistan,” the ministry said in a statement. ”Also, the newspapers are a propaganda resource of the Taliban spokespersons.”

The ministry ordered blocking entry of the papers at the Torkham border crossing. They further directed border police to gather up Pakistani newspapers in the three eastern provinces of Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan.

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  • Xtreme
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:06PM

    Yet afraid of Taliban? I thought US would have changed minds in 11 years…

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  • tung
    Sep 21, 2012 - 11:08PM

    and the number of newpaper readers in afghanistan is?well i beleive afghanistan is making a joke of itselfRecommend

  • Muslim
    Sep 22, 2012 - 2:36AM

    Most of the newspaper published in PAK are in Urdu.. how many afghans can read urdu??? now this is good joke :)

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  • Caramelized_Onion
    Sep 22, 2012 - 3:07AM

    @tung:
    They’re returning back to the what they were like pre 1979, a puppet of India. But then again, they’ve always had an infactuation with India. If it were for them, they’ve remove Pakistan from the map and have a direct access to Indians. They sure deserve each other.

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  • Afghanistan
    Sep 22, 2012 - 3:57AM

    Eventhough I am not happy with this decision, there is a point which pakistani newspaper deliberately use that. Forexample, Pakistani newspapers term its killed military a MARTYR while call our military KILLED. Pakistanis dont like their taliban and term them KILLED when they get killed ,but fancy our taliban and call them MARTYR. I think there is no difference between both governments, both armys’ and both taliban then why there is double standard.

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  • Sabih Shad
    Sep 22, 2012 - 4:00AM

    We forget about freedom of speech here too?

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  • Khan of Jandul
    Sep 22, 2012 - 8:00AM

    When then Taliban are killed in Afghanistan, Pakistani media term them as martyers, freedom fighters, but when the same Taliban are killed in Pakistan they are labelled as terrorists and the Pakistan Army as martyers. Moreover, most of the Pakistan Urdo and English media is a propaganda platform for extremist organizations and it job is mainly to hide facts and mislead public opinion. All of the enlightened readers know that how the Pakistani media is a culprit in the rising tide of extremism and intolerance in that country.

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  • Pakboy
    Sep 22, 2012 - 9:41AM

    lol afghanis. Please ban entire Pakistan and stop giving your citizens permission to travel across.

    That would be blessing for us

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  • Salman
    Sep 22, 2012 - 10:48AM

    Afghanistan & Khan of Jandul

    what you are saying is not true. Pakistani media only terms their own soldier as martyr not the Taliban or others. i don’t know if they publish different version for Afghanistan. but i have never seen anything like you mentioned.

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  • Arif
    Sep 22, 2012 - 11:47AM

    The mere fact that Mr. Afghanistan and Mr. Khan of Jandul have commented here means that they read this newspaper, Express Tribune, a Pakistani one. They took pains to log into this site and read the “Pakistani” news items? While they support banning of Pakistani newspapers in their country, they themselves are reading Pakistani newspapers on the web and commenting too. Should we call it “Double Standards”? I leave it to other readers to decide.

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  • Begram
    Sep 22, 2012 - 7:58PM

    Thank you afghanistan. Now will you please please take back all your refugees who have messed up my country. And also, how about putting up a nice fenced border so that you can’t go back and forward as you wish.
    This is the same country that cast the only vote against our admission to the UN in 47.Recommend

  • Arian
    Sep 23, 2012 - 9:16AM

    Afghan refugees in Pakistan are in Pashtun territorires mostly and they are industrious and successful. Afghanistan is the only country that cast the vote against Pak admission to UN in 1947 because they had a premonition that it was going to be all downhill from here on in.

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  • El Duderino
    Oct 1, 2012 - 11:07AM

    Wow! what a joke, does Afghanistan even have any newspapers of their own!?

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  • James Bond
    Oct 5, 2012 - 10:18PM

    Only if we would have banned kalashnikov and Heroine 20 years ago from Afganishtan, Pakistan would have been a better place. Good decision by Afgan government. Wake up Pakistan. That is what think of us.

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