Jihadi Almost Triggers War With India, Media Is Silent

Nov 27th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

I get a lot of questions about whether or not TV anchors and newspaper editors are really ignoring the real story. The answer is yes. To show why I say that, I want to highlight a story that has major implications for Pakistan, but has not received the attention that other items like the KL bill and NRO recieve. That story is about how a jailed jihadi almost triggered a full-scale war between Pakistan and India with hoax phone calls. What? You didn’t know about this? Read on…

The story of Omar Saeed Sheikh’s hoax calls to the government shows just how vulnerable Pakistan is and how wide are the tentacles of Jihadis. Why didn’t any of the major Pakistani TV networks make this into a major story? Why didn’t Shireen Mazari, Shaheen Sehbai, Kamran Khan etc. focus their crusading energies on the Jihadi threat the same way they have been fanning anger and rage over the NRO? 

Omar Saeed Sheikh, a detained Pakistani militant, had made hoax calls to President Asif Ali Zardari and the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, in a bid to heighten Pakistan-India tensions after last year’s terrorist attacks on Mumbai, investigators have told Dawn. 

“Omar Saeed Sheikh was the hoax caller. It was he who threatened the civilian and military leaderships of Pakistan over telephone. And he did so from inside Hyderabad jail,” investigators said. 

The controversy came to light after Dawn broke the story, exactly one year ago, that a hoax caller claiming to be then Indian foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee was making threatening calls to President Zardari. 

There is a major problem when the media does not inform the people properly about these news items, because it creates a false impression in the minds of the people that all of the nations problems would be solved if only there were different people in government. But it does not matter if PML-N, PML-Q, MQM, PPP, or any other political party is elected. The jihadis that are waging war against our nation do not care about KL bill or NRO or any other of these items. They only care about destroying Pakistan and converting it into their own feudal kingdom.

And journalists and media moguls who think that they will be immune from the jihadis, please take careful note. Omar Saeed Sheikh made very clear what he thinks of you in 2002 when he cut off the head of one of your colleagues.

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