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Malik Mumtaz Khan
Thursday, July 28, 2011
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MIRAMSHAH: The Hafiz Gul Bahadur-led Taliban in North Waziristan on Wednesday said they had not warned any militant group to leave the tribal region.

 

Ahmadullah Ahmadi, a spokesman for Commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur, termed the media reports to this effect baseless and fabricated. In a statement, Ahmadi asked media to be careful while writing about sensitive matters and requested journalists to approach them for their version before filing reports about them.

 

“We always respected journalists and will continue our cooperation with them in future as well but request them to show honesty and professionalism while writing about sensitive issues,” he said.

 

Ahmadi said there were no militants from other areas in North Waziristan. He stressed that they would not allow the media to create differences among various groups through such baseless reports. He said the investigation was underway against the journalists who filed fake story and attributed it to Hafiz Gul Bahadur and his Shura. “We will not tolerate those involved in defaming the Taliban by such fabricated stories,” he warned. Reports in sections of the media said that Hafiz Gul Bahadur and his Shura had warned TTP leader Hakimullah Mahsud and his fighters to leave North Waziristan or face action.