Taliban claim responsibility Journalist’s killing
HANGU: Five policemen and five personnel of the Levies Force were suspended here Thursday for negligence on the day of the assassination of Misri Khan, a journalist who was shot dead four days ago outside the offices of the district administration.
The journalist was shot dead in the most well-guarded and sensitive part of Hangu town in presence of dozens of policemen. The sources said the suspended cops included Station House Officer of Hangu Police Station Nawaz Khan.
No clue has been found in the murder of Misri Khan, a senior Hangu-based journalist who worked for Urdu newspapers and also ran a newspaper distribution agency. Meanwhile, journalists in Hangu district are observing three-day mourning over the gruesome murder of their colleague. They have given a written ultimatum to the district police officer to arrest the perpetrators of the crime within three days as Friday onwards a protest movement would be launched to seek arrest of the killers.
Meanwhile, Reporters Sans Frontiers (Reporters Without Borders) through a statement said that it was horrified to learn that the Taliban have claimed responsibility for Misri Khan’s murder and have threatened to attack other journalists.
A deputy spokesman for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Ehsanullah Ehsan contacted a journalist in Peshawar and said: “We killed him because he twisted the facts. He had leaning towards the army. There will be more attacks against those who speak out against the Taliban. They are part of our targets.”
Official TTP spokesman Azam Tariq has not commented yet on this claim or claimed responsibility for Misri Khan’s assassination. Ehsan sometimes calls reporters to make claims, but he is not the official TTP spokesman. The Reporters Sans Frontiers appealed to the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban and political and military commanders to put an immediate stop to all violence against the media.
Source: The News