Shaheen Sehbai – Journalist or Psychic?

Dec 15th, 2009 | By | Category: The News
Shaheen Sehbai Looking Into the Future

Shaheen Sehbai Looking Into the Future

It wonders no one when Pakistani journalists instead of reporting the happenings try to report to make things happen. Reporting with a certain slant was never new but taking this to a level where journalists start writing predictions is entirely a new phenomenon. Two journalists have mastered this art of predictions. Dr. Shahid Masood and Mr. Shaheen Sehbai.

In his latest analysis “Zardari on his own after US pulls support” in The News, Mr. Sehbai has announced that President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari has been abandoned by USA. Without going into details what does he really mean. One needs to ask how come Mr. Sehbai reached this conclusion, whether he was informed by White House or the State department. Mr. Sehbai never tell us what are his sources. Journalism cannot continue for ages without naming the sources. Since last one year Mr. Sehbai has not even filed a single story in which there is clear mention of sources.

Anyone who understands the international politics and nuances of diplomatic statements understands that the officials that represent the different governments do not talk about individuals. Even if and I again say even if they are supporting a certain political actor in a foreign country.

Mr. Sehbai has also made a claim that Ambassador Holbrooke, the point man on Pakistan and Afghanistan, has lost his role in Obama administration. Again this is something that the media has been deducing from different developments in USA. There however has not been any official communication or action that can testify to media suspicions. Whether it is Pakistan media or US media, until and unless there is a proper official announcement, Richard Holbrooke is there and performing his role.

To further educate Mr. Sehbai, President Asif Ali Zradari was elected in Pakistan by the Electoral College and obviously Richard Holbrooke was not the presiding officer for that election. In fact Pakistan Peoples Party won the elections and formed the government much before President Obama came to power and appointed Richard Holbrooke as his point man on Pakistan and Afghanistan. To Mr. Zardari is on his own.

Mr. Sehbai then tells us that Mr. Aitezaz Ahsan has been assessed by USA think tanks since long and is now being considered a replacement. He bases his conclusion on some meeting that was held back in the year 2006 with some leading lights of think tanks with Aitezaz in attendance. Sehbai reports that the talk was general!! And since Mr Sehbai insists one must agree to him that this general talk meant a lot for Pakistan in the year 2010!! Great.

It appears that soon Mr. Sehbai is going to launch another website. Not something like South Asia Tribune, but something more paranormal. He will have his photo with worry beads and will be asking you to send him your birth charts and get reports on your future. Good Luck Mr. Sehbai with the future profession.

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  1. Dear Editor

    The Funniest Thing rather a Fact that Jang Group of Newspapers had raised hell against the Former Senator Saifur Rehman during 1999
    Senator Saifur Rehman (PML-N) VS Jang Group of Newspapers. [http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/11/senator-saifur-rehman-pml-n-vs-jang.html ] and in 20009 it is the same Jang Group of Newspapers i.e. Mir Shakilur Rehman [MSR] Dr Shahid Masood, Muhammad Saleh Zaafir, Kamran Khan, Ansar Abbasi, Muhammad Ahmed Noorani AND OTHERS who are making a Hero out of Saifur Reham [as per law a proclaimed offender and fugitive] him, and telecasting his live program on Meray Mutabiq GEO TV DATED 14 DEC 2009, watch the program, read the news and lament on the hypocrisy of Pakistani media:

    Meray Mutabiq 14 December 2009 [Free Video]

    http://thecurrentaffairs.com/meray-mutabiq-14-december-2009.html

    Post subject: Meray Mutabiq – 14 Dec 2009 (Saif ur Rehman) Must Watch

    http://www.siasat.pk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=14096

    in Meray Mutabiq Dr. Shahid Masood brings a fresh episode of Meray Mutabiq discussing corruption issue with Saif ur Rehman.

    http://pkpolitics.com/2009/12/14/meray-mutabiq-14-decemebr-2009/

    Article of Shahid Masood in Dail Jang Dated 15-12-2009 WAS PUBLISHED ON INTERNET BUT NO MORE ON JANG SITE BUT IT MUST BE ON HARD COPY. It is removed at 1939 dated 15-12-2009.

    More on Senator Saifur Rehman:

    Jang Group/GEO TV & UNHCR REPORT: Ex – Senator Saifur Rehman’s Attack on Pakistani Press.

    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/12/jang-groupgeo-tv-unhcr-report-ex.html

    Jang Group/Geo TV: EX .Senator Saifur Rehman & Dubious Accountability Process.

    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/12/jang-groupgeo-tv-ex-senator-saifur.html

  2. Dear Editor,

    Read and laugh even more:
    A news in Expressnews of Zardari’s Lawyer Abdul Sattar Najam on Saifur Rehman.
    http://express.com.pk/epaper/?Issue=NP_LHE&Page=FRONT_PAGE&Date=20091216&Pageno=1&View=1

    Saif decries pending action against him Wednesday, December 16, 2009 By our correspondent http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=26114 ISLAMABAD: Former chairman Accountability Cell Senator Saif-ur-Rehman has said that he would not budge to the pressure tactics of certain elements of the administration in Pakistan who are keen to silence him on the corruption cases of President Asif Ali Zardari and his companions. “The efforts to nab me in a false case would never succeed,” he said.

    Musharraf took $10m bribe in power project: Saif Says Swiss cases contained irrefutable evidence Wednesday, December 16, 2009 News Desk http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=26113

    Mr. Ansar Abbasi [Jang Group] and Anjum Niaz [Jang Group] on Senator Saifur Rehman which is being praised by Jang nowadays.
    Such influentials, besides Pervez Musharraf and Shaukat Aziz who fled from the country within weeks after completing his tenure, includes former PML-N senator Saifur Rehman and top parliamentarians and retired defence officers. In the case of Saifur Rehman, whose Chak Shahzad farmhouse is also being used as Redco’s site office, SDO Jamil said his connection was changed a few months back and given industrial tariff. The Admin officer at Rehman’s site office when contacted did not offer any comment. However, the electricity bill of Saifur Rehman’s place shows that the D-2(1) tariff is still intact at his residence though it was showing not to have consumed even one unit of electricity since January this year. An Iesco source said at least 24 air conditioner units are fixed in the Redco farmhouse buildings. The SDO also confirmed that a former ISI chief, who is also residing in the same locality, was provided free-of-cost transformer and poles, etc., following orders of the then-Iesco chief Brigadier Shahbaz.

    Documents reveal power scandal in Chak Shahzad palaces Government found illegally subsidising Musharraf, Shaukat’s electricity bills By Ansar Abbasi Saturday, May 23, 2009
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=179121

    ISLAMABAD: It is not just General Pervez Musharraf, who is caught in the Chak Shahzad power scam for using more electricity and paying less money, another former president, an ex-prime minister and a serving general too are found either using “illegal electricity tariff” or involved in cases of ‘irregularity in billing’ owing to faulty meters. These include such luminaries as former interim president and ex-chairman Senate Wasim Sajjad; ex-caretaker prime minister and ex-chairman Senate Muhammadmian Soomro; ex-chairman of the disbanded Ehtesab Bureau and former senator Saifur Rehman; Corps Commander Gujranwala and ex-DG ISI Lt Gen Nadeen Taj and others. Farmhouse No 10-B, where former Senator Saifur Rehman’s brothers live, too is found to have been using wrong tariff. The name of the subscriber in the IESCO’s record in this case is Ahmad Touqeer Naqvi. REFERENCE: Lt-Gen Nadeem, Wasim Sajjad, Soomro among power defaulters By Ansar Abbasi Friday, June 19, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=183730

    Made to order media By Anjum Niaz 22-November-2008 http://www.anjumniaz.com/Made_to_order_media.php
    The Sharifs today form an open season for media to hunt. Nethermost was their treatment of the media when in power. Saifur Rahman, trained by Nawaz Sharif was his attack dog. Rottweiler Rahman would pick up the phone and bark his threats. The measly-mouthed man meant what he said. We know of editors and reporters mauled by his intelligence agencies. That was the era of the white tinted-glass Toyota Corolla chasing you on Islamabad streets. However, lifafa journalism was thriving. Media men, who got their sons stuffed in lucrative posts like the FIA and other money-making jobs, or got fat on state largesse doled out by the Sharifs, today continue to be ace columnists and TV gurus. They are bounty hunters looking for new booty from anyone who will bite. Some of them have already wormed their way to cushy jobs in the media.

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