Pakistani Taliban warns journalists against calling them “terrorists and extremists”
The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), an umbrella organistaion of armed Islamist groups, has warned the country's media and journalists against calling them a ''terrorist outfit'' or they will be treated as ''enemies''.
TTP spokesman Mohammad Khurasani, in a statement on social media on Monday, said his organisation was tracking media coverage which branded the TTP with epithets such as “terrorists and extremists”.
“Using such terms for TTP showed a partisan role of media and journalists,” the Dawn newspaper quoted the online statement by the TTP.
''Such labels on the TTP meant the media professionals were dishonest towards their duty and would create enemies for itself,'' Khurasani said.
The TTP's first chief, Baitullah Mehsud, was killed in a drone strike in 2009 by the US.
Several Pakistani journalists have been killed and kidnapped, sandwiched between the militants and the government's war on terror.
n most cases, the perpetrators have not been booked.
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