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ISLAMABAD: Chief of banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Hakimullah Mehsud has issued special directions to his subordinate terrorists located in different cities of Pakistan to target national and international media organisations, BBC Urdu reported.

A responsible official of the interior ministry told BBC Urdu on condition of anonymity that intelligence agencies have intercepted the telephonic conversation of Hakeemullah Mehsud with one of his sub-ordinate 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 in other cities of the country especially those media organisations and media personalities who were denouncing TTP after attack on child activist Malala Yousufzai.

Interior Ministry has issued orders to beef up the security near the offices of media organisations in the country after tracing Mehsud’s call, the official informed.

Malala, a National Peace Award winner and young Pakistani rights activist, along with three other schoolmates sustained bullet injuries when some unknown assailants opened fire on their school van in Mingora early in the day.

TTP had accepted the responsibility of the attack on Malala Yousufzai on Oct 9 and justified the attack with their interpretation of the Sharia (Islamic law).

Interior Ministry has also issued directions to the religious scholars, who had publicly denounced the Taliban, to be cautious, the official informed.

The government has issued directions to the authorities to deploy additional police troops in the areas where media offices are located and help of Frontier Constabulary (FC) could also be sought if needed, the interior ministry official added.

Moreover, the official said that Chief Commissioner Islamabad and chief secretaries of the four provinces have been directed to hold meetings with media owners and address their security concerns.

Earlier today, a spokesman for the Swat Taliban has threatened to kill Malala's father  Ziauddin Yousufzai after a failed attempt to assassinate his daughter, said a report by Reuters.

Comments (29) Closed

Sajid Oct 12, 2012 10:48pm
That is not smart Dawn, how would you expect security forces to catch these enemies of humanity when every body know their plan. this is not mature sharing of news. Now these men in veil will delay their attack till we forget about it.
Nas Oct 13, 2012 03:20pm
the Taliban have been allowed to prosper in Pakistan by Pakistanis - now the chickens have come home to roost - soon we will be begging the US to carry out drone strikes
Cyrus Howell Oct 12, 2012 07:56pm
That sounds like a declaration of war.
Adnan Ali Oct 13, 2012 12:00pm
Why TTP and other agencies only contact BBC to take responsibility of any attack or information??? Dont they have any contact in pakistani media?? Something must be wrong here.. someone else is behind the scene and playing all this drama..
KTKH Oct 13, 2012 01:30am
Run for your life, Talibans are coming...
Mohdudul Huq Oct 13, 2012 01:34am
Pakistan is one of the most powerful county in the world. They should take care criminal and terrorist activities from the Pakistan soil. People, army, ISI, government and different political parties should work together to save the country. Enough is enough. Enemies of Pakistan are inside the country and they are getting free ride to destroy Pakistan due to political unrest in the country.
raja Oct 13, 2012 07:06am
I seriously doubt
Khan Usafzai Oct 12, 2012 10:46pm
Terror can't take over reality... Above sits a Lord ,Justice will prevail one day ...Sinner's have to pay for their sins ...
yorkie fund Oct 13, 2012 02:19am
how long you are going to pretend that pakistan is really against taliban?
Agha Asad Raza Oct 13, 2012 02:24am
We have to stand-up against these people if we want to get rid of these so called guardians of 'Islam'! I hope Malala recovers with no permanent damage.
Bilal Oct 13, 2012 02:36am
Get united against Talibans, Get them out of our land.
kainat Oct 13, 2012 02:36am
I hope Pakistani government take effective steps in this case and make successful arrests of terrorists involved in this case!
ram Oct 13, 2012 02:39am
Timing is up....long rope getting closer on Taliban. Innocent blood demands
Ali Oct 13, 2012 02:46am
What is their problem?
Cyrus Howell Oct 12, 2012 07:57pm
The Taliban are just digging a deeper whole for themselves.
True Indian Oct 13, 2012 03:22am
I believe Pakistan is about to change....a fierce revolution may take place which may include a lot of bloodshed but ultimately a positive change will come in Pakistan and Pakistan will be a better place to live...
Gee Oct 13, 2012 03:24am
Peshawar up north i.e. North Western Frontier (NWF) was never a governable area right from day one, even the ruthless Sikh general Nalwa and British had to bow out time to time to save their skins. Creation of Islamic Republic of Pakistan by extremely religious minority from within secular India was not enough; rather than consolidate power in the newly created nation, the military started to invent Taliban to Talbanize remaining India which backfired. There will be more Malalas shot at if the Army does not step aside its luxurious life style and have a go at Tehreek-i-Taliban. Creation of new state is easy but governing it needs brain, diplomacy, selfless service, compassion, iron hand time to time and above all perseverance.
malik Oct 13, 2012 03:26am
Another day. Another threat.
Nuurries Oct 13, 2012 04:31am
The journalist in Pakistan are doing much better job then Generals in a fight against Talban and are far more vulnerable.
Malala Oct 12, 2012 11:47pm
Interior Ministry must act. No use of spreading news. Order Army to finish this open militant group. Insult to Gove and army Kayani
Mobeen Ahmad Oct 12, 2012 08:14pm
The only solution is to go for final battle. We cannot afford anymore hypocricy.
reyan Oct 12, 2012 08:13pm
enough is enough pakistan should go for all out war againts such crazy fanatics
Kamath Oct 12, 2012 11:42pm
Taliban -Pakistan's Frankenstein... Eliminate Taliban before it eliminates you!
Ashfaq Khan Oct 12, 2012 11:26pm
lets see, how you guys respond to this
pakistani Oct 13, 2012 09:54am
Hope Malala fully recover and proves to be a catalyst required to gather momentum to remove the curse of taliban from our country....
Iftikhar Husain Oct 13, 2012 11:40am
We must all thank the media for high lighting this news now is the time that the government and the army should act.
Ahmed Khan Oct 13, 2012 12:22am
If they can trace the phone call of the TTP terrorist, Hakimullah Masud, why does'nt the Govt. or the Army make a serious effort to hunt down this bandit and his accomplishes and summarily execute them. They are a serious national security threat, so what is everyone waiting for. I am glad that the Americans invaded and killed Osama bib Ladin and continue to use drones to kill these militants.
hamie Oct 12, 2012 08:09pm
its time we crush these fascist ppl and finish them once in for all
Agha Ata (USA) Oct 12, 2012 08:50pm
DO NOT WORRY AT ALL . . . The Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, along with chiefs of all three services are in a meeting considering, if they should do that, which is according to them would be a sacrifice for the army (that is taking their own children, Taliban, to task) Three days ago Mala was shot. And all the chiefs are still considering, if they should take an action, just for Malala. I am glad no enemy attacked this country from outside, otherwise three days to decide whether to face them would give them a great opportunity. But this enemy from within is no fool either. They are coming to attack the father of Malala and also the media! They have hopes and probably surety that our army would take sufficient time to consider if it is important enough to make a sacrifice to punish the children.