Pakistani Taliban Warns Journalists Against Calling Them “Terrorists”

TTP spokesman Mohammad Khurasani said in a statement released on social media on Monday that his organization is monitoring media reports in which adjectives such as “terrorist and extremist” are used for TTP.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ie Pakistani Taliban has threatened its media and journalists. The TTP says that the media should stop calling them “terrorists” or they will be treated as enemies. TTP spokesman Mohammad Khurasani said in a statement released on social media on Monday that his organization is monitoring media reports in which adjectives such as “terrorist and extremist” are used for TTP.

Dawn newspaper quoted TTP’s online statement as saying, “Using such adjectives for TTP shows the partisan role of media and journalists.” Khurasani said, “Such adjectives for TTP. The use of the adjective means that the professional media are dishonest in their duty and they will create enemies for themselves.

Khurasani said that therefore the media should address him as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban was formed in 2007 and the government listed it as a banned organization in August 2008 following targeted attacks on civilians.

The first TTP chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike by the US in 2009. The Pakistan government in its 2014 National Action Plan banned allied groups of the TTP and banned so-called “glorification of terrorists” by the media. So far, many Pakistani journalists have been killed in the grip of the government’s fight against terrorism.

On Tuesday, Taliban fighters opened fire to disperse a rally in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and arrested several Afghan journalists covering the demonstration. This information has been given by eyewitnesses and Afghan media.

Protests took place in front of the Pakistani embassy in Kabul against Pakistan’s alleged interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs, particularly Islamabad’s alleged aid to the Taliban against anti-Taliban fighters in Panjshir.

Several posts have been made on social media demanding the release of the journalists. An Afghan journalist who was detained and later released told the Associated Press that he was punished by the Taliban.

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