Pakistani Taliban to target media organisations: Report

Mehsud says media personnel, organisations criticising them for attacking Malala will be targeted, BBC Urdu reports.

Web Desk October 13, 2012
Pakistani Taliban to target media organisations: Report

Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan leader Hakimullah Mehsud has issued special directives to operatives for taking action against international and national media organizations in different cities of Pakistan, reports BBC Urdu.

An official of the interior ministry, on the condition of anonymity told BBC that agencies recorded a telephonic conversation between Mehsud and a Taliban operative Nadeem Abbas alias Intiqami where the former was giving directives to the latter on taking action against media organizations.

Mehsud, according to the interior ministry, was directing Abbas to target media organizations and personnel  in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi and other cities who were criticizing the Taliban for attacking Malala Yousufzai.

The Taliban have been targeted with severe criticism and condemnation for attacking the 14-year-old child activist by Pakistan and other countries.

After listening to the conversation the government has directed all media organizations, especially international media organizations to tighten security around their offices and has directed concerned authorities to do the same for these organizations.

The Taliban have threatened media organizations through emails and telephonic conversations as well.

The government has directed authorities to station heavy contingents of police in areas where there are important media organizations and if need be, they can request the government for stationing Frontier Constabulary (FC) too.


TTP | 11 years ago | Reply

We don't want to kill secular people just because they are secular ... because they are poisonous snakes. The only thing they can do is spread diseases, promiscuity and Godlessness

US Centcom | 11 years ago | Reply

These terrorists are clearly focused on pushing their evil agenda forward by any means necessary. Our governments are working hard to bring peace and stability to the region. And it is obvious that these terrorists are working hard to prevent peace from prevailing. We stand by Pakistan in its fight against terror and refuse to bow down to these terrorists. We will continue to support Pakistan and work together to eliminate this threat. We restate what Richard Hoagland, the charge d ’affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, said recently: “In this dangerous world where terrorists can strike at any moment, we must all work together – Pakistanis and Americans alike – because we have a strong mutual interest in defeating terrorism.”

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