TTP threatens media to refrain
from calling them ‘terrorists’

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PESHAWAR: The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has strongly warned local media outlets and journalists to refrain from calling them ‘terrorist organizations’ or they will be treated as enemies.

Dawn newspaper reported the TTP by his spokesperson in a statement on social media Mohammad Hakim allegedly said that advertising in TTP which they are monitoring the media coverage of “terrorists and extremists As is being done with hateful titles.

He said that the use of such reforms for the TTP shows the biased role of the media and journalists, and it is a disgrace to the profession of journalism.

Taliban fighters patrol in Kabul. Taliban militants have recently searched the homes of at least four members of the press.

It may be recalled that the Pakistani media started calling the TTP a terrorist organization when it started targeting civilians in a series of attacks and was banned by the government.

The TTP is a group of various militant organizations that was formed in 2007 and outlawed by the federal government in August 2008. Baitullah Mehsud was the first head of the TTP to be killed in a 2009 US drone strike. Was killed

The government also banned other TTP-affiliated groups, and in 2014, under the National Action Plan, the media was barred from what it described as a “definition of militants.”

Mohammad Khorasani said in his statement that the media was using such hateful words against the TTP at the behest of one party which had chosen it as its enemy, so the media should call them Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.

He warned in his statement that if the media commits professional dishonesty, it will create an enemy for itself.

It may be recalled that during the war on terror, several Pakistani journalists were killed, injured and abducted across the country, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal districts.

In FATA and KP alone, about 30 journalists were targeted in military operations and targeted killings. In some cases, the families of the journalists were killed or threatened to leave their homeland.

However, it is not clear whether they or some of them were killed by the militants as the attackers could not be brought to justice in almost all cases.