TTP warns journalists,police in tribal areas

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By Ashrafuddin Pirzada

WANA: Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan(TTP) has issued a warning pamphlet in Waziristan that they consider their first obligation to kill journalists and would not tolerate policing in tribal areas of Pakistan.

The pamphlet, FATA VOICE received, clearly warned to avoid the possible PM Imran Khan public gathering in Wana on April 24. It said that the killing of journalists and their family members including their kids could be a TTP target. The pamphlet threatened that TTP would not tolerate policing in tribal areas. The TTP reminded polio workers that they were also on their target list.

The pamphlets were allegedly distributed in the Rustam bazaar of the Wana area, saying that they would not let police work in Waziristan.TTP warned residents that those recruited into police would not be spared. 

A local journalist, who wished not to be named, said that they felt fear after they heard about the new development. He said residents were also in a state of fear and anxiety that once again they would be in a hard time if clashes between TTP and the security forces started in their area.

The pamphlet mentioned that local elders, Maliks and officials of the political administration should avoid their meetings with the police. It warns police that they warned SSP Tahir Dawar several times but he did not fulfill, ads that after that they picked up Tahir from Islamabad.