TTP not happy to be called terrorist, issues warning to Pakistani media
The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has strongly warned national media and journalists to refrain from calling them “terrorist organizations” or they will be treated as enemies.
According to the report, in a statement issued by TTP on social media, Spokesman Mohammad Khorasani reportedly said they was monitoring media coverage and TTP being promoted with hateful titles such as “terrorists and extremists”.
He said that the use of such words for the TTP shows the biased role of the media and journalists, which is a disgrace to the profession of journalism.
Pakistani media has called the TTP a terrorist organization since it began 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.
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, they will be treated as enemies.
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.
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