The News: No Safe Place

Jan 21st, 2010 | By | Category: The News

The News today includes the following editorial about harassment of journalists in Pakistan.

Journalists in Pakistan do not have to go to zones of conflict to find themselves at risk – they merely have to stay at home. The home of an investigative journalist who works for a local news organisation was attacked by ‘unknown miscreants’ in the early hours of Tuesday morning. His house was pelted with rocks, his car damaged and the family were trapped inside when the ‘miscreants’ put locks on their gates. He (and another of his colleagues) had been receiving threats for a fortnight, allegedly from representatives of a sensitive agency who were displeased with the stories they had filed exposing corruption and malfeasance.

This is disgraceful but not unexpected. Much of the upper echelon of the establishment has yet to adapt to the new realities of a media which is more robust, less willing to be pushed around and increasingly prone to questioning and investigating that which was previously hidden. Accountability is being drip-fed into the veins of the body politic through newspapers and magazines and the myriad TV channels — and the body-politic is by no means sure that the medicine coming its way is to its liking. We therefore offer our support to fellow journalists who all now face the reality of reporting conflict – from the Home Front; and hope that the offer of an ‘in-depth enquiry’ by Interior Minister Rehman Malik into this shameful attack is more than a knee-jerk reaction.

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  1. NRO/Jang Group: Ansar Abbasi & Accountability Bureau.

    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2010/01/nrojang-group-ansar-abbasi.html

    Sometimes Intellectual Dishonesty is more fatal than the Financial or Moral Corruption. Financial/Moral Corruption is mostly related with a few and destroys a few [Of course I condone neither] but Intellectual dishonesty destroys nations e.g. Sharifuddin Pirzada, A K Brohi and many many more. In this article, I will restrict myself to the swinging pendulum of Mr. Ansar Abbasi’s pen and journalism and will quote news/columns/opinions filed by him in all these years and every article is contradicting the earlier one. Remember one thing that Ansar Abbasi had demanded Treason Trial of Musharraf for violating article 6 of 1973 Constitution whereas shamelessly Mr. Ansar Abbasi is in favour of retaining National Accountability Bureau to hound politicians [the NAB was founded by Martial Law Regime! Where is the validity? Violation is Violation and cannot be condoned through Law of Necessity.]

    To Proceed

    Mr Ansar Abbasi as a Musharraf supporter while working for Daily Dawn:

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    During 1999 Mr. Ansar Abbasi was Praising General Musharraf Martial Law regime’s “Alleged Reforms” when Ansar Abbasi used to be a Correspondent in Daily Dawn, he never mentioned even a single time that Impsoing Martial Law is Treason and Violation of Article 6 of 1973 Constitution of Pakistan. Read the news reports which Ansar Abbasi filed in the Daily Dawn in 1999. Not a single time Ansar adress Musharraf as CMLA but Ansar was very respectful towards “Alleged Chief Executive” Musharraf. You may not find a single personal observation by Ansar Abbasi on Constitutional Tampering by Military Regime. Musharraf was given mandate by the Judiciary to tamper with the Constitution. Everybody knows who was a part of that Supreme Court Bench. REFERENCES: Special courts to try cases of accountability Ansar Abbasi 06 November 1999 Issue : 05/45 [Courtesy Daily Dawn Wire Service]
    http://www.lib.virginia.edu/area-studies/SouthAsia/SAserials/Dawn/1999/06nov99.html
    Musharraf approves pre-1973 authority for FPSC by Ansar Abbasi Week Ending : 29 January 2000 Issue : 06/05 [Courtesy Daily Dawn Wire Service] http://www.lib.virginia.edu/area-studies/SouthAsia/SAserials/Dawn/2000/29jan00.html Sharifs lose 80pc of assets, says Qureshi by Ansar Abbasi Week Ending : 16 December 2000 Issue : 06/48
    http://www.lib.virginia.edu/area-studies/SouthAsia/SAserials/Dawn/2000/dec1600.html

    Ansar Abbasi Praising General Musharraf’s Martial Law Regime’s “Alleged Reforms” when Ansar Abbasi used to be a Correspondent in Daily Dawn, he never mentioned even a single time that Impsoing Martial Law is Treason and Violation of Article 6 of 1973Constitution of Pakistan

    As per 1973 Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan

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    PART I

    6. (1) Any person who abrogates or attempts or conspires to abrogate, subverts or attempts or conspires to subvert the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.

    (2) Any person aiding or abetting the acts mentioned in clause (1) shall likewise be guilty of high treason.

    (3) [Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)] shall by law provide for the punishment of persons found guilty of high treason.

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    Definition of Accomplice: An accomplice is a person who actively participates in the commission of a crime, even though they take no part in the actual criminal offense.

    Swinging Pendulum of Mr. Ansar Abbasi’s pen and journalism, read it attentively and you may find that every article/column/research by Mr. Ansar Abbasi is full of contradiction and extreme prejudice.

    ISLAMABAD: Action to seize the assets of President Asif Ali Zardari began on Wednesday when NAB asked the Islamabad capital territory (ICT) administration to freeze his assets and restore the pre-Oct 5, 2007 position. A similar letter was ready to be sent on Friday to chief secretary Sindh. The major development came when NAB issued the letter to the Islamabad administration to freeze all assets under its jurisdiction. Besides other properties, NAB’s latest order would immediately hit the 2,460 kanals of Sangjani land, which was a frozen asset before the NRO but was unfrozen in early 2009 and transferred in the name of a private company owned by President Zardari, his son Bilawal Zardari and others. The NAB spokesman Ghazni Khan when approached did not deny or confirm this major development. He, however, said that NAB is acting strictly in accordance with the law and the Supreme Court’s decision and weekly progress reports is regularly being submitted to the Supreme Court. A credible source in NAB told The News here on Thursday that NAB’s latest order has been dispatched to the Islamabad administration. The NAB letter while giving reference to its post-2008 unfreezing order issued in the case of the President Zardari’s assets in Islamabad directed the ICT administration to proceed in line with the Supreme Court’s order dated December 16, 2009. Copy of the SC’s short order on NRO was also attachedwith the NAB letter. The source said that a similar letter would be issued to the Sindh Government on Friday. REFERENCE: NAB orders seizure of Zardari’s assets in Islamabad By Ansar Abbasi Friday, January 22, 2010 http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=26808

    Now read the same Jang Group 2 months back on the same issue:

    ISLAMABAD: Faisal Sakhi Butt, who had been named as a key player in the Zardari-Bilawal 300-acre land purchase deal, on Friday broke his silence and issued a clarification calling the purchase of the land by the president’s company as a “neat and clean and professional business transaction.” Butt issued a press statement in which he made no reference to the president and made a clear distinction of his deal having nothing to do with the CDA, where he is also a member of the Islamabad Development Steering Committee. Faisal Butt stressed that in the deal, all the legal requirements were met as had duly been acknowledged in the original story of The News. “I am not obliged to respond as the said transaction does not involve public property or public funds and is purely a private deal between private citizens, however, I am constrained to respond as I feel unfairly maligned and would like your newspaper to set the record straight,” Faisal Butt said in his clarification.

    “It is relevant to mention that I am an established business man from an established business family of Islamabad, having a blotless record over the past four decades and have never been involved in any illegal business transactions. “It is further clarified that details given in the story by Ansar Abbasi about me in a neat, clean and professional business transaction from my lawful resources well within the framework of law of the land have been twisted by Ansar Abbasi for the satisfaction of his own motives best known to him.” He stated, what he called the ground realities as under: (i) The land subject matter of the news item is neither acquired nor owned by CDA. (ii) The entire land is located in Zone-III of the Master Plan for Islamabad, its use is restricted strictly to set up recreational facilities. No housing society can be established in this zone and thus its price cannot be compared with adjoining areas meant for residential purposes particularly when the entire land is also still in the occupation of original owners of the area. (iii) In the news item, a reference has also been made to me being a member of the Islamabad Development Steering Committee, which is patently irrelevant and has clearly been made to confuse the readers into believing as if the mentioned deal had something to do with CDA, which is not the case at all. I am no doubt member of the said Committee but it has no nexus whatsoever with the purchase and sale of the land, which is owned by private owners not the CDA and which is subject matter of the news item designed to damage my reputation. The business deal commented upon in hostile terms is purely between private parties settled and concluded in accordance with law.” REFERENCE: Zardari land deal called neat, clean transaction Saturday, November 07, 2009 News Desk http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=207259

    Contradiction of Mr Ansar Abbai. Once Again!

    ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has admitted that the pre-NRO situation vis-a-vis President Asif Ali Zardari has not been restored and his cases remained closed while there are no freezing orders issued regarding his bank accounts and the moveable and immovable assets. This is apparently a glaring violation of the Supreme Court order but NAB insists that in its legal view the president under Article 248 of the Constitution enjoys immunity that bars NAB to restore the pre-NRO position in case of Asif Ali Zardari. The Constitution envisages that no criminal proceedings whatsoever shall be instituted or continued against the president or a governor in any court during his term of office, NAB has gone an extra mile in favour of the president as it has simply refused to act in any manner. Practically, owing to the NAB’s interpretation of the Constitution, the president continues to be an NRO beneficiary despite the condemnation of the law by the apex court. NAB spokesman Ghazni Khan, when approached, confirmed to The News that the NAB cases against President Zardari have not been reopened. He also disclosed that the Bureau did not issue any orders to freeze the assets and bank accounts of the president. The NAB spokesman said the Bureau, in its letter addressed to the accountability courts, had sought the reopening of the NAB cases against all NRO beneficiaries to the Oct 4, 2007 position. However, in case of President Zardari the exemption was sought citing Article 248 of the Constitution. REFERENCE: NAB acts on its own despite SC verdict By Ansar Abbasi Tuesday, January 05, 2010 http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=26487

    NOW READ THIS NEWS FILED BY THE SAME MR. ANSAR ABBASI

    Monday, January 04, 2010, Muharram 17, 1431 A.H
    http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/jan2010-daily/04-01-2010/main3.htm

    AND AGAIN THIS!

    ISLAMABAD: The post-1996 probe into the Agosta submarine deal, which led to the removal of the then-Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Mansurul Haq and a corruption reference against Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari, was an alleged cover-up to save many key officials of the Pakistan Navy, besides turning a blind eye to a controversial $550 million deal of minehunters signed in 1992 during Nawaz Sharif’s first tenure. Documents available with The News show grey areas that remained untraced, while a key naval officer of that time told The News the cover-up in the submarine deal was meant to save the skin of many in the Pakistan Navy and was done by Senator Saifur Rehman, who was only interested in fixing Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari. The most interesting aspect of the whole affair was the statement of the then-director general Naval Intelligence (DGNI), who was instantly turned into an example for others when he was recalled from an overseas course, retired prematurely, court martialed and harassed to keep his mouth shut. REFERENCE: The submarine kickbacks Pandora’s box reopened By Ansar Abbasi Saturday, January 02, 2010
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=216475

    Saturday, January 02, 2010, Muharram 15, 1431 A.H http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/jan2010-daily/02-01-2010/main.htm

    MR ANSAR ABBASI! PRAISING NAB, CONDEMNING NAB AND THEN PRAISING NAB AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON…READ ANOTHER CONTRADICTION.

    ISLAMABAD: A surgical operation has been launched in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) as the government has forced its chairman to remove its most important officials, including the DG operations, who has been targeted for issuing the order for the immediate implementation of the Supreme Court order on the NRO. Sources said some key provincial officials of the NAB, including its provincial director generals, were also on the hit list and expected to be changed and replaced by those loyal to the government. The Law Ministry, these sources said, had also sought details of the vacant posts from the NAB chairman, who under the NAB law is the competent authority for all internal appointments and postings. The sources said that the NAB chairman Navid Ahsan had been pressurised to remove its DG operation Lt Col (retd)) Shahzad Bhatti, who on December 17, the very next day of the Supreme Court short order on the NRO, had issued a letter to all concerned to immediately implement the apex court’s order. Bhatti was also the person who was the custodian of the precious evidence presently secured in the NAB’s strong room but feared to be destroyed or stolen. Bhatti, now reverted as director finance, the post that he was holding two years back, earned the wrath of the powerful and mighty in the government after he sought immediate re-opening of the cases of the NRO beneficiaries; passed on a direction to the police to arrest those who were proclaimed offenders as on Oct 4, 2007; asked for freezing of assets of all the NRO beneficiaries as was the situation before the promulgation of the NRO; required the revision of the ECL as was its status on Oct 4, 2007; and ordered for the re-opening of all the inquiries and investigations, which were closed down because of the emergence of the NRO. REFERENCE: Operation ‘minus-many’ launched in NAB Friday, January 01, 2010 By Ansar Abbasi http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=216300

    AND SAME MR ANSAR ABBASI BEFORE THE DECISION ON NRO ON NAB.

    ISLAMABAD: The Swiss-carton scandal has raised in-house fears in the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) about the safety and security of the bulk of original evidence concerning high profile cases, settled under the controversial NRO, and presently protected in the bureau’s headquarter in Islamabad. Already, the NAB was warned by a leading intelligence agency of the country of the possible sabotage effort to destroy such evidence. A credible NAB source said that some months back, the Bureau’s director general HR had received a verbal warning from an official of the Interior Ministry, conveying that the highly critical original evidence about the high profile corruption cases settled under the NRO could be destroyed by saboteur’s fire, which could be later described as a mere accident. The Interior Ministry official also shared the name and telephone number of the intelligence officer, a serving brigadier, who contacted the Interior Ministry to pass on a proper warning to the NAB. After receiving the Interior Ministry’s verbal warning, the NAB official also contacted the intelligence brigadier, who confirmed the report and recommended the Bureau to take all possible steps to ensure the protection of the valuable documentary evidence. Following this warning, the NAB improved its record room through renovation and turned it into a strong room by removing all its windows, tiling the walls and disconnecting electricity connection, to pre-empt any chance of saboteur fire. The record room has also been secured through multiple lock system and not many know in the Bureau as to who has got the keys to get access to the record room. When contacted, NAB spokesman Ghazni Khan though confirmed that foolproof arrangement were recently made to protect the NAB record, he denied to be in knowledge of any intelligence warning issued to the Bureau about a possible sabotage effort to destroy the crucial evidence. “It is well protected now,” the spokesman said. However, a source in the NAB said that Wajid Shamsul Hasan-led sneaky operation, which was caught red-handed by Geo News, to secure 12 cartons of evidence relating to the Swiss money laundering and kickback cases against President Asif Ali Zardari and others, has raised fears within the NAB about the safety of its available record. The source said a lady consultant and a joint secretary of a ministry, which was headed by a powerful minister, who later reached an elevated position, had also made an effort to take away certain original files but a retired colonel, serving in the Bureau, retrieved these files from the lady consultant’s car before she could take them away. A newspaper report had also recently confirmed that the lady consultant had spent over two months in the NAB headquarters to supervise scrutiny of classified documents and during her stay she was authorised to check record of any case, including those of top leaders President Asif Ali Zardari, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and others. REFERENCE: Is evidence with NAB safe from saboteurs? By Ansar Abbasi Sunday, December 06, 2009 http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=25932

    CONTRADICITONS GALORE IN MR ANSAR ABBASI’S REPORTING!

    Mr. Ansar Abbasi’s somersault i.e. demanding Musharraf’s Trial – REFERENCES: Why Musharraf should be prosecuted By Ansar Abbasi Monday, August 10, 2009
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=23786

    Mr Ansar Abbasi condemns Zardari and NRO – REFERENCE: Beneficiaries of NRO cannot get bail: NAB By Ansar Abbasi Friday, November 13, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=25545

    100 corruption cases to reopen in 25 days – By Ansar Abbasi Wednesday, November 04, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=25370

    Mr Ansar Abbasi praised same “Corrupt Zardari” because he signed the SWAT NIZAM-E-ADL BILL, a treaty with the Taliban – REFERENCE: Zardari makes his mark By Ansar Abbasi Comment Tuesday, April 14, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=21502

    After setbacks, Zardari is an improved, chastised man By Ansar Abbasi Wednesday, April 29, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?id=21800

    Mr. Ansar Abbasi quotes Senatior Saif ur Rehman on Zardari –

    REFERENCE: Zardari, Bilawal buy 300 acres of Islamabad land for peanuts By Ansar Abbasi, Tuesday, November 03, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=25353

    but JANG GROUP CONDEMN SAIF UR REHMAN – Conspiracy: Kamran Khan, Farooq Laghari, Sajjad Mir, Saifur Rehman & Media Trial of PPP. http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/11/conspiracy-kamran-khan-farooq-laghari.html

    ANSAR ABBASI PRAISES AND INTRODUCES BRIGADIER IMTIAZ [NROed] REFERENCE: Brig Imtiaz reveals CIA plots Tuesday, September 01, 2009 By Ansar Abbasi
    http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=24241

    AND ALSO CONDEMNS BRIGADIER IMTIAZ

    REFERENCE: Who is behind the ‘get Nawaz’ campaign? By Ansar Abbasi Wednesday, August 26, 2009 http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=24096

    BUT GROUP EDITOR OF THE NEWS INTERNATIONAL CONDMEN BRIGADIER IMTIAZ –

    REFERENCE: The return of the Daylight Jackals By Shaheen Sehbai with reporting from Mazhar Tufail and Ahmed Noorani Friday, September 04, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=24299

    An Open Letter to Rauf Klasra SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 by nota http://pkpolitics.com/2009/09/02/an-open-letter-to-rauf-klasra/#comment-251585

    Mr Ansar Abbasi support and condemn Nawaz Sharif at the same time!

    Reference:

    REFERENCE: Who is behind the ‘get Nawaz’ campaign? By Ansar Abbasi Wednesday, August 26, 2009 http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=24096

    MR ANSAR ABBASI ACCEPTS/RETURNS PLOT –

    REFERENCE: Senior journalist returns plot to government By our correspondent Saturday, April 18, 2009 http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=21596

    RIUJ resents Ansar Abbasi’s move of ‘surrendering’ his plot DATED Friday 24th April, 2009 http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=144302

    Ansar Abbasi backing Qabza group in Murree: affectees DATED Friday 24th April, 2009
    http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=144276

    CJ IHC strongly refutes all allegations against himself
    http://www.onlinenews.com.pk/details.php?id=143513

    ISLAMABAD: The CJ of IHC (Islamabad High Court), Muhammad Bilal Khan has strongly refuted all allegations against himself regarding having any connections with notorious criminal Nannu Gawaria.

    MR ANSAR ABBASI SUPPORTS/CONDEMNS MULLAHS AT THE SAME TIME

    – REFERENCE Earlier it was suggested as per news filed by the born again Mufti and Islamist Mr Ansar Abbasi that Sufi, Taliban must be fenced in after edicts By Ansar Abbasi Wednesday, April 22, 2009 http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=21667 filed by Mr Ansar Abbasi, The Editor Investigation – The News International, Jang Group of Newspapers and GEO TV that

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    Maulana Sufi Muhammad’s demands for an Islamic justice system have been met but his latest edicts against the country’s judicial, parliamentary and constitutional system may deprive him of the fruit of his life-time achievement. What Maulana Sufi Muhammad has uttered were his already known views but by expressing them in a public gathering at this crucial juncture of the Swat peace process the Tanzim Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) chief has acted as a spoiler. His decades long struggle for Islamic justice system in Swat and Malakand Division is in sight but now he himself has threatened the achievement of his life’s goal. Now many fear that after the implementation of the Nizam-e-Adl Regulation in Swat and the Malakand region, he would possibly try to extend his struggle to other parts of the country. Maulana Sufi Muhammad’s statement that Pakistan’ democracy, its laws and judicial structure all are un-Islamic was rarely welcomed by any political leader, including even those belonging to religious political parties. While the ANP, the PPP and the PML-N deliberately did not show any strong reaction to Sufi’s declaration perhaps to save the peace process from being ruined, it was the Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munnawar Hasan and JUI-F’s Maulana Fazlur Rehman who clearly rejected the TNSM chiefís interpretation of Islam vis-‡-vis Pakistan’s democracy and judicial system. Several Ulema from different schools of thought also argued against Sufi’s remarks.

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    And now same born again Mufti and Islamist Mr Ansar Abbasi [Editor Investigation, The News International/Jang Group of Newspapers/GEO TV] is shamelessly suggesting:

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    The sources admitted that Maulana Sufi Muhammad had issued some irresponsible statements but had been asked to show restraint and avoid giving remarks that might derail the peace process. Amnesty, disarming of Taliban being discussed By Ansar Abbasi Dated: Sunday, April 26, 2009 http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=21738

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    MR ANSAR ABBASI DOES NOT LIKE NGO LADY/SAMAR MINALLAH but supported by the same NGO LADIES – REFERENCE: Journalists protest threats to Ansar Abbasi Wednesday, January 07, 2009 Our correspondent Islamabad http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=156056 – Zardari to sign deal despite flogging: Hoti By Ansar Abbasi Monday, April 06, 2009
    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=21362

    Swat video is genuine, claim activists By Usman Manzoor Sunday, April 05, 2009
    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=21338

    “UNQUOTE”

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