Taliban claim responsibility for journalist`s murder in Pak

The journalist was shot dead outside his newspaper distribution agency.

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 12:34 PM IST

Islamabad: The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the killing of a senior journalist in the country`s northwest earlier this week.

Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan claimed responsibility for the killing of Misri Khan Orakzai in Hangu city on Tuesday during a phone call to a BBC journalist in Peshawar.

Orakzai was shot dead outside his newspaper distribution agency in Hangu, which has been affected by sectarian violence.

Ehsan said the Taliban acted against Orakzai as he was twisting facts in his reports about militants.

"He twisted facts whenever we gave him a report. He (had) a leaning towards the Army in his reports," the militant spokesman claimed.

Journalists covering the militancy in northwest Pakistan said Taliban commanders had expressed anger at certain media organisations for ignoring their view points.

PTI