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Dimensions of Hamid Mir Episode

                                               Dimensions of Hamid Mir Episode

 

 

                                                         By Sajjad Shaukat

 

Mir Jafar %28Left%29 And Mir Miran %28Right%29

Mir Jafar was an ambitious leader under the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj-Ud-Dalah. In 1757, Robert Clive of the British East India Company made a deal with Mir Jafar, et al. They agreed to hand over the Bengali army at the Battle of Plassey in exchange for control of the new puppet state. This new puppet state, with Mir Jafar as its Nawab, paid large bribes to the Company and its officials. Two years later, Mir Jafar realized that the British were after much more: total control of the Indian subcontinent. He attempted to ally with the Danish to stop them, but this only resulted in defeat and Mir Jafar being replaced. His replacement also attempted to stop British domination, but failed and was deposed. Mir Jafar, having regained the graces of the British, was placed back on the throne until his death in 1765.

“Mir Jafar of Bengal and Mir Sadiq of Deccan are disgrace to the faith, disgrace to humanity, disgrace to the nation.” – Allama Iqbal

Mir Jafar was the last ruler of Bengal to have any autonomy; after his death, the British controlled the region until Pakistani independence, almost two hundred years later. Consequently, Mir Jafar and his treason against Bengal are seen as the beginning of British rule in India. He is known as Gaddar-e-Abrar, or Betrayer of the True Faith, and his name is still synonymous with treason in both Bengali and Urdu.

In the aftermath of attack on the the senior journalist and anchor of Geo TV channel, Hamid Mir who was severely injured on April 19, this year when unidentified gunmen opened fire at his car in Karachi, leaders of various political and religious parties including all the segments of society have been condemning the the Geo TV channel which deduced hastily outcome of the assault. Without any evidence, or inquiry, Geo TV channel displayed a photo of the DG ISI Lt. Gen Zaheerul Islam, and its some renowned media anchors accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) and Lt. Gen. Zaheerul Islam in this respect. They propagated that Hamid Mir had already informed his family that ISI would be responsible for his death. It was embarrassing for all the nation when a media analyst of this channel demanded that Gen. Zaheerul Islam should resign. The Geo TV’s defamation tirade directed against ISI and its DG continued for over eight hours, while Pakistan Army was also targetted.

On the same day of the incident, DG ISPR Maj-Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa condemned the attack on Hamid Mir, but he refuted baseless allegations against ISI and its DG. The reaction shown by Pak Army (ISPR) was sagacious, but Geo TV commentators continued their blame game. Reacting to the baseless allegations of Geo TV, Maj-Gen. Bajwa said on April 20, that Pakistan Army will take legal action in accordance with the law and Constitution. He added, “Both Pakistan Army and ISI are responsible and honourable institutions… there should be no doubt that the hearts of the people of Pakistan beat with the army.”

Every thing became crystal clear when foreign media, NGOs and human rights groups reactivated their campaign against Pakistan, its army and especially ISI by supporting the so-called propaganda of the Geo TV, while favouring the misconceptions of Hamid Mir. Particularly, India avail the opportunity, and under the pretext of false accusations, its renowned newspapers, TV channels and high officials maligned ISI. In this regard, on April 28, voicing his support for the Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, former external affairs minister and BJP leader Yashwant Sinha called upon Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif through a letter to stop ISI from suspending Geo TV license.

Prime Minister Sharif who went to see Mir in the hospital, remained silent on Geo TV’s allegations. While Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan stated on April 25 that one-sided media trial by the Geo TV and Jang group against Pakistan’s armed forces and ISI which have been serving the greater national interests of Pakistan, should end.

While praising the armed forces and ISI, besides other leaders, and political parties, even Jamat-i-Islami pointed out that Geo and Jang group has been implementing anti-Pakistan agenda of external powers. Especially, Chief of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan who also defended the stance of Army and ISI, announced on May 2, 2014 that he and his party would boycott Geo and Jang group, revealing that his party would give out a document “exposing foreign funding” given to this media group. Similarly other TV channels like Samaa, Express, Dunya Din etc. also rejected false accusations of the Geo TV against ISI and armed forces in wake of continued processions and rallies in favaour of the latter—demanding that Geo and Jang group must be shut down due to its ant-state activities. In this respect, the entire nation appreciate the TV channel ARY which outrightly supported ISI’s stance and rejected unjustified allegations against it and its DG ISI by Geo channel.

Feeling the pinch of acrimonious criticism of public, Geo TV slightly altered its behavior, but driven by power motives and its wealth, it shamelessly decided to contest its position through legal means. Some analysts opine that certain powerful quarters are backing Geo TV, while the channel developed resilient dominion to dictate terms to the government. Others say that Geo TV will soon replay its negative role of targeting ISI, once the defamation case is decided by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) or judicial commission in its favour.

However, Hamid Mir episode includes various dimensions which show as to why some entity made an attempt to kill him. First of all, there are a number of contradictions in the developments related to Hamid Mir incident. His driver and and security guard remained safe, and they were neither detained by police for their initial statement nor appeared on the Geo TV. When other media analysts pointed out that as to why no FIR was lodged, the same was lodged against unknown persons, without mention of ISI. But on April 24, first formal statement of Hamid Mir was conveyed to the media by his brother Amir Mir—holding ISI responsible for orchestrating the attack. Showing ambivalent approach, he also disclosed that according to Hamid Mir, he had also been facing threats from both state and non-state actors.

Menwhile, taking note of the public reaction in relation to defamation of ISI, Geo group said that it is personal statement of Hamid Mir, and the group has no link with it. On April 30, Hamid Mir refused to record his statement in presence of ISI representative when the eight-member Joint Investigation Team visited him at Hospital. He also changed his earlier statement that ISI was responsible for the assault, saying that some individuals inside the agency planned the same.

Another notable dimension is that If ISI had threatened Hamid Mir as its target, why he earlier did not lodge FIR or why he did not go to the court regarding this serious issue. In this regard, a layman needs to go in depth to know the real face of anchor Hamid Mir who had been serving the interests of the US, India and the Taliban including some other entities clandestinely by sabotaging the national interests of Pakistan.

In 1996, Hamid Mir became the editor of a Urdu newspaper “Daily Pakistan” in Islamabad and in 1997, he launched “Daily Ausaf” as founding editor. Osama Bin Laden used to send his news message exclusively to him for publication. Hamid Mir met many Taliban militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan. When Afghanistan was attacked by the US-led allied forces, Osama invited Mir for his interview. While describing Osama Bin Laden as a hero, Hamid Mir repeatedly terms the US as the enemy. Latter on, he, directly or indirectly supported America. In the recent past, in the tone of the US, Mir, negatively, blamed that the then ISI chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha was also involved in the memogate issue. Then, he took shelter in US by spreading rumours that his life is at stake.

On April 18, 2011, in the daily “Jang” Hamid Mir wrote about his trip to Bangladesh for a conference regarding English newspaper “Daily Star.” Mir claimed that the assassination of Bhutto and Sheikh Mujib were plots, masterminded by the US.

When on November 26, 2008 terror attacks occurred in Mumbai, the culprit who was caught alive was Ajmal Kasab. Nobody knew who Ajmal Kasab was and where he came from, but Hamid Mir and Geo broke the headline that Ajmal Kasab is Pakistani and is resident of Faridkot village. Geo TV was repetedly displaying it like an advertisement to distort the image of Pakistan and its security agencies, which clearly showed that it was the result of a deal between India and this media group. Although Indian secret agency RAW took a forced statement from him against ISI, yet on December 31, 2008, the FBI team which visited Faridkot said that no evidence could be collected, which could confirm Ajmal Kasab’s claim of being Pakistani national. In 2013, ex-investigative officer of the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation, Satish Verma disclosed that India itself arranged terror attacks on Indian parliament in 2001 in New Delhi and in Mumbai in 2008 to strengthen anti-terrorism laws.

In the recent past, when Quaid’s residency in Ziarat was attacked by the Baloch separatists, Hamid Mir blamed ISI for the episode, but after a few days, Balochistan Liberation Army claimed responsibility, releasing a video in that regard.

In fact, Mir was having close ties with the militants, and took their interviews, but, afterwords, sometimes, he wrote or spoke in their favour and sometimes, he criticised them. Notably, those militants who planted a bomb underneath his car in November 2012 were not exposed even though Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had accepted responsibility for that. It was the former president Gen. Musharaff who was also deceived by Mir who used him to get cheap popularity in the field of journalism.

Besides, the shocking audiotape of a conversation between Hamid Mir and a man purportedly linked to the TTP, had revealed that negative information which Mir passed on to the Taliban led to the assassination of Retired Squadron Leader Khalid Khawaja, but to divert the attention, it was allegedly propagated that he was killed by a group calling themselves the “Asian Tigers.” In the conversation, Mir goes on to detail what he knows about Khawaja’s background, sometimes, linking him to the CIA agent named William Casey and sometimes, to an international network of Qadianis, while showing resentment against the latter.

However, since the Supreme Court of Pakistan has been dealing with case of missing persons, especially of Balochistan, while speaking in the tone of anti-Pakistan elements, Hamid Mir and other Geo anchors left no stone unturned in implicating Pak Army and ISI not only about the disappeared persons, but also human rights violations in Balochistan. While, fact of the matter is that the missing persons have been killed in subversive acts, arranged by American CIA, Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad through their affiliated militants groups in various places of Pakistan. In case of Balochistan, foreign-assisted BLA and other separatist outfits which have been fighting for secession of the province kidnapped and killed many innocent people and the security personnel in the province, while claiming responsibility like TTP. These insurgents groups are responsible for human rights violations in Balochistan.

Undoubtedly, Hamid Mir was deceiving every entity by shifting his stance. So any foreign secret agency or TTP might have made attempt on his life, not only to create a rift between Pak Army and ISI, but also to misguide the general masses against security forces.

Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations

Email: sajjad_logic@yahoo.com

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GOOD GOVERNANCE FORUM PRESS RELEASE ON HAMID MIR CASE

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GOOD GOVERNANCE FORUM WAS THE FIRST AND ONLY THINK TANK TO PUBLICLY DECLARE THAT IT WAS A POORLY-SCRIPTED DRAMA. 
 
FOLLOWING FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.
 
THE CAR ALLEGEDLY CARRYING HAMID MIR WHEN HE WAS ATTACKED HAS ONLY TWO BULLET HOLES WHILE IT HAS BEEN REPORTED BY A SECTION OF THE MEDIA THAT HAMID MIR RECEIVED SIX BULLETS. THE NUMBER OF BULLETS INCREASED FROM TWO ON THE FIRST DAY TO SIX ON THE 3RD DAY.
 
THE CAR BACKSEAT WHERE HAMID MIR WAS SITTING AT THE TIME OF THE ATTACK DID NOT HAVE BLOOD STAINS.
 
THE DRIVER AND THE GUN MAN OF HAMID MIR WERE HANDED OVER TO THE POLICE ON 22ND APRIL AFTER FOUR DAYS OF THE INCIDENT.
 
THE CAR ALLEGEDLY FIRED UPON WAS WASHED AND HANDED OVER TO THE POLICE ON 22ND APRIL AFTER FOUR DAYS OF THE INCIDENT.
 
HAMID MIR HAS NOT YET BEEN SHOWN IN ANY VIDEO FROM THE TIME HE ARRIVED AT THE HOSPITAL TO THIS DATE.
 
THE JUDICIAL COMMISSION HAS BEEN CONSTITUTED ON A FAST TRACK TO INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENT BUT THE F.I.R. OF THE INCIDENT HAS NOT YET BEEN LODGED WITH THE POLICE.
 
HAMID MIR WAS NOT UNCONSCIOUS AT THE TIME OF HIS ARRIVAL AT THE HOSPITAL ON THE DAY OF THE INCIDENT BUT HE REMAINED UNCONSCIOUS TILL 22ND APRIL.

 
THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO WRITE TO PEMRA ON 22ND APRIL TO CANCEL THE GEO’S LICENCE AFTER THE COAS VISITED THE ISI HQ WHERE HE WAS PRESENTED THE DOCUMENTS OF THE ANTI-STATE ACTIVITIES OF GEO.
 
GEO WILL HAVE TO BE BANNED AND ITS OPERATORS WILL HAVE TO BE TRIED FOR SEDITION IF THE PMLN-LED GOVERNMENT IS TO SURVIVE THE INCIDENT. THAT’S FOR SURE. 
 
GOOD GOVERNANCE FORUM

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Col. (Retd) Riaz Jafri : Hamid Mir Shooting

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 

 Hamid Mir Shooting

 

 There are no two opinions about the attempt on the life of  Hamid Mir under the fly over bridge near Karachi airport on Saturday 19th April being one of the most heinous crimes and must be condemned by all to the utmost.  However, it is surprising to note the haste with which the ISI and its Chief have been blamed by the family and the media.  

If it was done by them then I demand that the supposedly most prestigious intelligence agency of the country ISI be disbanded immediately and its Chief given the marching orders for planning and executing the ‘mission’ so unprofessionally and amateurishly. 

Why did they have to wait for him to go to Karachi and try to kill him there while he was in his car and the killers had only a limited time to take on a moving target?  Why couldn’t they do it in Islamabad at leisure with all the facilities and time at their

disposal to pick up the place and timings of their own choosing and most suitable to guarantee accomplishment of the mission?  Just stupid of the ISI to do such an important task in such an amateurish way !!

 By the way, is the ISI, the agencies – as they call it, and the armed forces the only establishments antagonized by the gentleman with his utterings and writings? How about the others – the Police, the administration, the political parties, some of the autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies, corporate authorities, a few NGOs, banks and bankers, industrialists  and the business corporations – to name a few who have not escaped the scathe of his pen and tongue . Could it not be planned by anyone of them and if not why not? 

Lastly, what is that game called black mailing, at which some of our journalists are so deft?  Isn’t there a one in a million chance for such a possibility?!     

Col. (Retd) Riaz Jafri
Rawalpindi

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HAMID MIR RAW & GEO’S TRUE PRO- INDIA/USA IDENTITY EXPOSED BY DEFAULT

GEO TV IS A BOOT LICKING TRAITOR

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FRONTIER POST:Friends of Bangladesh or traitors of Pakistan

Hamid Mir & Asma Jahangir:

Friends of Bangladesh or traitors of Pakistan

by  

Mohammad Jamil

Anchorperson and columnist of a large media group Hamid Mir, in his recent column titled ‘Pachtaway’ (repentances) has apprised the audience about details of ceremony held to honor friends of Bangladesh on 24th March 2013. He had gone to Dhaka to receive the award of his father Late Professor Waris Mir, who stood for freedom of speech and enjoyed respect in literary circles and in media.

 
Hamid Mir had every right to accept this award, but the way he commented negatively in his column has brought disgrace to Pakistan. Anticipating the reaction, Hamid Mir wrote: “Some people lacking intelligence may dub them as traitors, yet 13 Pakistanis decided to accept the award”. It is true that some people had genuinely felt that Awami League having a clear majority in the national assembly should have been given the right to form the government. And Professor Mir was one of them. But one would not know that if Professor Waris Mir were alive, whether he would have gone to Bangladesh to receive such award.
Some writers had opposed Bangladesh government for its decision to honor friends of Bangladesh and opined that only unconscionable Pakistanis would accept such award. In December 2012, when the names of ‘Friends of Bangladesh’ were announced, Sheikh Hasina had refused to attend D-8 conference in Pakistan unless Pakistan tendered apology for, what she said, genocide of Bengalis. Mst Asma Jahangir also received award on behalf of his late father Malik Ghulam Jilani, who was Vice President West Pakistan Awami League, it was understood that he was awarded. Otherwise also people know Asma Jahangir’s views about Pakistan and its military. Salima Hashmi, who received the award on behalf of his father late Faiz Ahmed Faiz by the Bangladesh government on 24th March 2013, said: “The Pakistan government should formally apologise to the people of Bangladesh for the atrocities committed by Pakistan occupation army during the War of Independence in 1971”. This is exactly the same language that Sh. Hasina Wajid speaks.
Late Mir Ghous Bakhsh Bizenjo was posthumously given ‘Bangladesh Liberation War Honour Award’, which was received by his son Mir Hasil Bizenjo. Tahira Jalib received the award declared for Habib Jalib. Begum Tahira Mazhar Ali Khan, Ahmed Salim, Dr. Iqbal Ahmed, Sindhi poet Inwar Pirzada and Qazi Faez Isa were also given awards for opposing military operation in then East Pakistan. One should differentiate between opposing the military action in the then East Pakistan and those receiving awards for being friends of Bangladesh. 
If Bangladesh government is pro-India and continues Pakistan-bashing, then those who received awards are not sincere with Pakistan. They do not feel qualms in condemning and blaming Pakistan while turning a blind against the horrors of Mukti Bahini and India’s role; hence they are not patriots. Pakistan had formed Hamood-ur-Rehman Commission to investigate into the causes of the tragedy of disintegration of Pakistan, and the excesses perpetrated in then East Pakistan, of course by the rebels and the military that was trying to quell the rebellion.
Hamood-ur-Rehman Commission Report observed that formation of One-unit, principle of parity, unitary form of government and system of basic democracies were the reasons for alienating the people of smaller provinces that led to disintegration of Pakistan. Whereas the commission criticized the then military and politicos for their ineptness, it had debunked the propaganda by India that two to three million Bengalis had been killed by the Pakistan army. The Commission had put the figure of casualties at twenty six thousand including the killings of West Pakistanis, members of Pakistan’s security personnel and Biharis that were butchered by Mukti Bahini guerillas. Anyhow, former prime minister of Bangladesh Khaleda Zia is on record having said that figure of three million dead was highly exaggerated. Many books have been written calling the genocide of Bengalis farce; however those under the influence of India or writers with anti-Pakistani streak put the figure as high as 3 million.

It has to be mentioned that people have not forgotten the genocide of non-Bengalis during the civil war and afterwards at the hands of Bengali nationalists. However, Pakistan considered the matter settled, as Sheikh Mujib had made no demand for apology during his visit to Lahore to attend Islamic Summit or even after that. But Sheikh Hasina has shown complete obedience towards Indian masters, be it humiliating Pakistan or be it providing and unwavering support to India, which has deprived Bangladesh of its right over river Barak when India unilaterally decided to build a Tipaimukh dam on this site with huge reservoir. This means that River Barak, which flows into Bangladesh from the Indian state of Manipur, will go dry completely. India is also concentrating small rivers flowing from India to Bangladesh to make a mainstream in India to use water for its domestic needs; thus depriving Bangladeshi farmers of water by diverting its rivers. There was also dispute between India and Bangladesh on the matter of fencing the border by India.
Many writers hold the view that on 16th December 1971, Pakistan was dismembered as a result of international terrorism. India was, of course, on the forefront whereby the former USSR helped India in implementing the insidious plan to disintegrate Pakistan. Unfortunately, Pakistan’s so-called friends – America and the West – acted as silent spectators. A lot many books, theses and reviews have been written on the causes of fall of Dacca and disintegration of Pakistan. It was unfortunate that in 1971 the UN and the big powers did nothing to stop India to dismember independent country with recognized international boundaries. 

After the break-up of Pakistan, India declared that two-nation theory had sunk in the Bay of Bengal. But eidetic reality was that Bangladesh became an independent country with Muslim identity, and in general Bengladeshis are not willing to accept India’s hegemony. Bangladesh had also refused to send its troops to Afghanistan, which seems to be the result of the fact that Bangladeshis guard their freedom very jealously, despite Sheikh Hasina’s appeasement policy towards India.

 

 

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