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Scribes face the Taliban heat

Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban has said it will target journalists and media organisations for “fabricating” the statement of its spokesperson asking news outlets not to pay tribute to Sachin Tendulkar on his retirement.

The shura council of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), headed by its new chief Mullah Fazlullah, decided to attack the journalists and media organisations who had carried statement of their spokesman Shahidullah Shahid regarding Sachin and Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq.

“In Tuesday’s meeting, we decided to target only journalists and media organisations who twisted the recent statement of Shahidullah Shahid and tried to tarnish Taliban’s image nationally and internationally,” an unnamed senior Taliban leader said.

“The task has been given to a select group within the Taliban to collect information about the journalists and media organisations ,” he said.

An initial clipped video of the TTP spokesperson was circulated on social media networks which showed the TTP spokesperson criticising the Pakistani media over its coverage of Sachin. However, a longer video with his full remarks showed that he was not criticising the media, but saying that those opposed to referring to dead militants as martyrs are like persons who do not want Sachin to be praised because he is an Indian. (agencies)