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Pakistan Taliban Threaten Media


Pakistan -- Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest against the assassination attempt by the Taliban on child activist Malala Yousafzai in Islamabad, 16Oct2012

Pakistan -- Demonstrators chant slogans during a protest against the assassination attempt by the Taliban on child activist Malala Yousafzai in Islamabad, 16Oct2012

The BBC's Urdu service has reported that the chief of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Hakimullah Mehsud has issued directions to his subordinate terrorists in different cities of Pakistan to target national and international media organisations, according to the the Urdu-language Pakistani daily Dawn.

The BBC reports that an official of the interior ministry said on condition of anonymity that intelligence agencies intercepted the telephonic conversation of Hakeemullah Mehsud with one of his sub-ordinates, Nadeem Abbas alias ‘Intiqami’, in which Mehsud was directing Abbas to attack media organisations.

Mehsud directed his subordinate to target the offices of media organisations in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and other cities of the country, especially those media organisations and media personalities who denounced the TTP after the attack on child activist Malala Yousufzai.

Radio Mashaal, RFE/RL's Pashto-language service, which has reported actively here, here, here and here on the shooting, has an office in Islamabad and stringers across the country.
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