The Pakistani Taliban has created a page on Facebook to recruit enthusiasts to write for a magazine and edit video.
The Umar Media Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) page on Facebook has over 300 likes at the time of writing. Apparently created in late October, the page has posted a number of messages offering job opportunities.
One such message reads: “Umar Media is proud to announce online jobs opportunities [sic].
Job discription [sic] is video editing, translations, sharing, uploading, downloading, and collection of required data.”
And, the page also warns fans of the page to spread the message, as the account “may be deleted.”
Another job advert posted on the page by the TTP reads: “Pen is mightier than the sword,”
“Now you have a chance to use this mighty weapon,” and invites budding journalists to write for the “Anyah-e-Khilafat,” the TTP’s official quarterly magazine. The name translates to “Sign of the Caliphate”. Topics writers can choose from include; Jihadi current affairs; history; Islamic movements; and the plight of Ummah.
TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan confirmed to AFP today that the faction is “temporarily” using the page “to fulfil its requirements” before launching a website.
The Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Intelligence Group, a US-based organization, said that the TTP uses Facebook as a “recruitment center.”
In a statement, SITE said: “Through its official media arm, Umar Media, the TTP has taken to Facebook to recruit contributors for their media work and the group’s forthcoming publication, ‘Ayah-E-Khilafat.’”
Despite the page having over 300 likes, a number of Facebook users have liked the page in order to leave comments denouncing the TTP. “The Taliban is a disgrace,” wrote one user. Another wrote “You disgrace Islam by killing innocent children.”
Last month, the TTP claimed responsibility for planting a bomb under the car of Pakistani journalist and TV anchor man Hamid Mir. Police in Islamabad said the bomb was successfully defused by bomb experts.
Mir told Geo News: “They want to stop us from speaking the truth, but I want to tell them that we will not be deterred.”
Mir had faced criticism from the Taliban, after they claimed responsibility for the shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai in October.