Taliban invoke Sachin Tendulkar to defend 'martyr' tag for militants

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Shahidullah Shahid makes it clear that he was using Sachin Tendulkar as an example while speaking about the media's coverage of the controversy over the Jamaat chief's statement describing Hakimullah Mehsud as a martyr.

updated: November 29, 2013 00:31 IST
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Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban have contended that those opposed to referring to dead militants as martyrs are like persons who do not want cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar to be praised because he is an Indian. (Read: Stop praising Sachin Tendulkar, Taliban warn Pakistani media)

In a clip posted on Thursday on a video-sharing website, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Shahidullah Shahid made the remarks while responding to criticism of Jamaat-e-Islam chief Munawar Hasan's comments describing slain commander Hakimullah Mehsud as a 'shaheed' (martyr).

Shahid's remarks were initially mistaken by the media as a criticism of praise for Tendulkar, who recently bid farewell to international cricket.

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