Mangal Bagh Back on Ghost Radio, Lashes PPP, ANP

Radio Ghost

ISLAMABAD – The infamous militant-cum-criminal Mangal Bagh has once again asked his commanders to target those politicians who oppose their ideology mostly belonging to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Awami National Party (ANP).

According to the latest information received from the on-ground sources, a ghost radio station of banned outfit Laskar-e-Islam daily broadcasts Mangal Bagh’s sermons in which he spread the hatred against those opposing their ideas.

The residents of Khyber, Jamrud, Hayatabad, the outskirts of Peshawar and even Jalozai have confirmed that they received the banned militant group’s FM radio broadcast. According to telecommunication experts the transmission channel could only be operated from the roof of some vehicle or hideouts in the Bara mountains.

“The military offensive – Zarb-e-Azb – has cleared more than 90 per cent of the area, military spokesperson claimed. So in this scenario the only possible solution for a rogue radio transmission is to be operated from a mobile station,” one defence analyst told PakistanTribe.

Mangal Bagh and Mullah Fazlullah were the pioneer of ghost radio stations to be used as propaganda tools in Sawat and Malakand regions. Fazlullah was famous with the alias Mullah Radio in Sawat before the military operation of 2009 oust him out.

It is also worth mentioning here that during the general election of 2013, the banned militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has openly asked general population and its allies to target moderate political forces including PPP, ANP and Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM). ANP had suffered the most of the lost in Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa (KPK) during the election campaigns. Twenties of its workers including the central leader Bashir Bilour lost their lives in the violent attacks. PPP and ANP were bound to reduce their election campaigns.

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Hissan Khan

Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.


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