LeT Denies Issuing Diktat Of Banning New Delhi-based News Channels

20 August 2009
The Hindustan Times
Tarun Upadhyay

Srinagar: Lashkar-e-Toiba has refuted a report telecasted on TV channel reporting that it has imposed a ban on watching New Delhi-based news channels in Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement issued in Kashmir based local newspaper Greater Kashmir, Lashkar spokesman, Dr Abdullah Gaznavi, in a statement said, ' The outfit hasn't issued any such call against the Indian channels.' TV channel had reported that on the intervening night of August 17 and 18 masked terrorists entered the house of Ghulam Nabi in Trana village in Banihal district about 230 kms from Jammu. Trana village is about 30 km uphill from Banihal town. He had reportedly told that TV channel that, ' terrorists smashed his TV set and thrashed him also. Terrorists even warned them against watching TV channel terming them as Un-Islamic.' Senior police official had however denied the report. SP Ramban Mubbasir Lattefi had said, ' no such incidence had taken place. The person who was reportedly thrashed by terrorists has not even lodged an FIR,' Reports also said that terrorists had put posters at a local mosque against watching TV channels saying it's a sin. Though there hasn't been any official confirmation about the incident with even terrorist organisation denying it, but diktats of this nature have been issued in the past. On May 10, 2006 the cable operators in Kashmir stopped beaming all news and entertainment channels following terrorists threats. On May29, 2007 Al-Badr terrorist organisation issued a diktat against telecasting of news and entertainment channels. However, it failed to have any effect. A senior police official handling intelligence operation of the state police said, ' terrorist organisation had earlier tried to impose ban on beauty parlours, internet café and even on wearing jeans. But people simply refused to accept these diktats.