A Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) spokesperson spearheaded a meeting of several splinter militant outfits active in Kashmir, and has warned journalists against 'interest-based biased reporting' and ignoring sufferings of people of Kashmir. The outfits have threatened to take action against “erring” journalists.
'Journalists have been warned to remain away from security agencies and police officers. Journalists should stop strengthening the occupation and instead highlight the pain and suffering of Kashmiris due to oppressive state sponsored policies,' said a statement issued to the Kashmir News Service, which often carries press statements issued by militant outfits.
According to the spokesman, quoted by the KNS, members of Tehreek-e-Shariat Islami, Save Kashmir Movement, Al-Nasreen, , Al-Arfeen, Al-mansoorian Jehad-ul-Islam Askari and Al-jabar was held under the chairmanship of Abdullah Ghaznavi, who is Kashmir spokesman of the LeT.
Many militant outfits, which, according to the KNS, attended the meeting, were involved in selective assassination of pro-India people and suicide attacks on security forces in the past.
Accusing the media men of working on the payroll of state and Indian government machinery, the militant outfits warned of strict action for 'anti-freedom movement journalism'.
The spokesman also warned local dailies for 'putting out images and headlines of few Indian-sponsored personalities on their front pages for their own vested interests.'
Threatening of dire consequences, the spokesman said, 'If journalists continued to work for Indian security agencies, there will be life threatening consequences. They would be responsible for their deeds,' said the spokesman adding, 'We are not living as far as seven seas. We would fight to protect the sacrifices made by our hundreds of fighters. Nobody should misconstrue our farsightedness as our weakness.'