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So What happened? An Update on Crisis:- by Moeed Pirzada

So What happened? An Update on Crisis:-  by  Moeed Pirzada

 

 

 


Mir Shakil ur Rehman, owner of GEO TV, overplayed his hand two days ago when he erroneously believed or was made to believe that his direct attack on ISI and Army will help in firing the ISI Chief. He went on the frontal assault without having any evidence to substantiate, because he was getting a nod from somewhere. This is called ‘drunk with power’ or ‘impunity’. This was perhaps also an attempt to boost up the sagging popularity of his once ‘mightiest channel’.

However what he didn’t realize was that all other TV channels will gang up against him; he also ignored that opinion making has effectively shifted to Social Media where millions of more younger & educated Pakistanis express themselves more freely in a horizontal fashion and their anger resonates and becomes “force multiplier” because of sharing tools.

Also by the next morning there was an internal realization by most people inside channel that attack represented some third force and that Hamid was under threat from many other sources; which is now becoming more and more clear. MSR could have averted this disaster if he had a more professional and genuine “Director News” like Azhar Abbas who would have advised him or resisted this relentless attack against the ISI that continued for several hours. 

Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N Govt unfortunately was a loser. Its reaction was intriguing. Instead of realizing that the initiative through the channel is backfiring by creating deep and wide resentment they appeared like taking pleasure out of it, thinking it useful in their own ongoing tussle with the Army. This was a huge blunder; Army waited for two days and finally this morning lent its full support to the ISI;

Nawaz govt therefore lost a God sent opportunity of asserting its leadership over the whole political system including the ISI and Army. All it needed was either the PM or the Defense Minister condemning the attack on Hamid Mir in strongest terms, but while promising a high powered Enquiry it needed to warn GEO and everyone else that Govt stands by its national institutions and if there are any rogue elements it will punish them severely but won’t let anyone dishonor and disrepute its ‘key institutions’.

So What happened? An Update on Crisis:-  by  Moeed Pirzada

Mir Shakil ur Rehman, owner of GEO TV, overplayed his hand two days ago when he erroneously believed or was made to believe that his direct attack on ISI and Army will help in firing the ISI Chief. He went on the frontal assault without having any evidence to substantiate, because he was getting a nod from somewhere. This is called ‘drunk with power’ or ‘impunity’. This was perhaps also an attempt to boost up the sagging popularity of his once ‘mightiest channel’.
However what he didn’t realize was that all other TV channels will gang up against him; he also ignored that opinion making has effectively shifted to Social Media where millions of more younger & educated Pakistanis express themselves more freely in a horizontal fashion and their anger resonates and becomes “force multiplier” because of sharing tools.
Also by the next morning there was an internal realization by most people inside channel that attack represented some third force and that Hamid was under threat from many other sources; which is now becoming more and more clear. MSR could have averted this disaster if he had a more professional and genuine “Director News” like Azhar Abbas who would have advised him or resisted this relentless attack against the ISI that continued for several hours. 
Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N Govt unfortunately was a loser. Its reaction was intriguing. Instead of realizing that the initiative through the channel is backfiring by creating deep and wide resentment they appeared like taking pleasure out of it, thinking it useful in their own ongoing tussle with the Army. This was a huge blunder; Army waited for two days and finally this morning lent its full support to the ISI;
Nawaz govt therefore lost a God sent opportunity of asserting its leadership over the whole political system including the ISI and Army. All it needed was either the PM or the Defense Minister condemning the attack on Hamid Mir in strongest terms, but while promising a high powered Enquiry it needed to warn GEO and everyone else that Govt stands by its national institutions and if there are any rogue elements it will punish them severely but won’t let anyone dishonor and disrepute its ‘key institutions’.
Why Nawaz Govt could not do it? Analysts will argue that they were actually aligned with the GEO TV channel and had sour feelings due to the continuing confrontation with the Army over Mush trial and Defense Minister’s comments etc..what ever the inside reasons may be, govt failed to do “damage control” on Sunday night creating the widely held belief that it had aligned itself with the GEO tv channel against its own military.
But that was not all; the longish celebratory tweet by TTP on 20th declaring that ISI had attacked Hamid and that Army & ISI are the real obstacles, the real evil, against their Sharia Rule made it look like as if Govt is aligned with GEO at one end and TTP at the other against its own Army & Intelligence. It was the most bizarre possible scenario one could imagine that alarmed many in the key diplomatic community. Meanwhile Army that was watching the whole situation with mounting frustration ended up concluding that the whole thing was a conspiracy against them and they have no option but to act. So finally when Army made it clear, in black & white terms, that Govt needs to decide between a private channel and the Army, the govt – due to its repeated blunders – had no steam left to resist.
Govt will off-course help GEO as days pass; it may not be closed and a lesser punishment may result in the end. Though we must keep in mind that many large channels across the world have been closed under similar circumstances by regulators or governments. I suspect, Mir Shakil ur Rehman will cry endlessly and beg mercy everywhere from Islamabad to Washington to London to Brussels and will try to use all that influence it has created inside the legal system. Efforts will be done to blame some journalists (who did not realize till now that they were being used) and to suspend or fire them or shift them to other positions etc… [programs since Mon only prove that such a strategy is in process; similar techniques were used in 2007]
 However this is an important moment in our media history; this should lead to Media Reform with Regulator compelling channels for Internal Reform and Accountability and Systems of Internal Checks and Balances so that it is not possible for Seths/Investors to control journalists like Robots in their personal political agendas. GEO may also come back as a changed channel; but lets make no mistake: GEO had brilliant history, its future is less and less glamorous. It will no longer be able to sell itself as voice of Pakistan. That era is over.
Moral lesson: No man, however intelligent, should try playing God…


Govt will off-course help GEO as days pass; it may not be closed and a lesser punishment may result in the end. Though we must keep in mind that 
many large channels across the world have been closed under similar circumstances by regulators or governments. I suspect, Mir Shakil ur Rehman will cry endlessly and beg mercy everywhere from Islamabad to Washington to London to Brussels and will try to use all that influence it has created inside the legal system. Efforts will be done to blame some journalists (who did not realize till now that they were being used) and to suspend or fire them or shift them to other positions etc… [programs since Mon only prove that such a strategy is in process; similar techniques were used in 2007]

 However this is an important moment in our media history; this should lead to Media Reform with Regulator compelling channels for Internal Reform and Accountability and Systems of Internal Checks and Balances so that it is not possible for Seths/Investors to control journalists like Robots in their personal political agendas. GEO may also come back as a changed channel; but lets make no mistake: GEO had brilliant history, its future is less and less glamorous. It will no longer be able to sell itself as voice of Pakistan. That era is over.

Moral lesson: No man, however intelligent, should try playing God…

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MEDIA GATE: NAJAM SETHI & AHMAD RASHID & MALIK RIAZ CONNECTION: AN ANALYSIS OF A TRAITORS LIFE AND BETRAYAL OF PAKISTAN BY MEDIA PERSONS

 

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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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