Hamid Mir Writes to Washington Times

May 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Geo TV, Jang
Geo TV's Hamid Mir Accused of Conspiracy

Geo TV's Hamid Mir Accused of Conspiracy

In a serial drama that promises a new twist every day, Hamid Mir has written a letter to The Washington Times newspaper responding to an article in that same newspaper on Monday that details the contents of the tapes and the storyline of the controversy. In his email, Hamid Mir makes clear that he no longer believes the government is behind any conspiracy but that it is elements within the intelligence community who were involved with the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

Hamid Mir’s email, published in full by The Washington Times contradicts recent claims by some of his colleagues that the government was behind the conspiracy:

Initially a government senator was also attacking me on different TV channels but Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira clearly said on May 25 that Hamid Mir is a target of a conspiracy and government have nothing against him. President Zardari has also cleared it to me personally that nobody from [the Pakistan People’s Party] is involved in this conspiracy.

Hamid Mir goes on to identify those he now suspects as being members of intelligence who are retaliating for an article he wrote critical of a General.

I am forced to believe that some elements in the intelligence used my media colleagues against me because I was not in control of any intelligence outfit. One of my crimes was that I wrote an article against a serving general of the Pakistan Army.

But this is not just any General that Hamid Mir refers to, and this is what makes his claim really quite explosive, I think:

I am still not sure that who is my actual enemy because nobody have come out openly against me yet. There is no FIR (police complaint), no official inquiry and nobody contacted me for any investigation. According to my information, this whole drama was organized after one of my articles against a serving Army General, Nadeem Ejaz, was published in The News on April 26.This General was involved in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

Hamid Mir still considers The Daily Times deeply implicated in the plot, though he does admit, “I am still not sure that who is my actual enemy…”

The new story does open some strange new twists, though. Hamid Mir claims that his voice is real, but that the militant is fake.

I think this militant is fake and somebody recorded his voice and fitted in a so-called conversation with me.

At the end of the same paragraph, though, he says that his voice also is doctored.

Here I am sure that they used my doctored voice but incorrect information about me never helped them.

At the end of Hamid Mir’s long and detailed email, I’m afraid we don’t really know more than we did before. The allegation of retaliation by pro-Nadeem Ejaz elements in the  intelligence may be more plausible than a conspiracy to silence all government criticism, but still Hamid Mir does not tell anything new or provide any evidence. There is only more speculation.

As this case continues to build international attention, it becomes all the more important that the facts come out. As we mentioned yesterday, it will be important that Jang and Geo conduct their own investigation and release the findings with the backing evidence. Only then will we able to close this case for good.

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  1. The only good thing I see in this (half) explanation is Hamid Mir’s identification and acknowledgement of those responsible for the release of the audiotape. That is, his friends in the Military Intelligence and the ISI.

    However, this does not mean that the conversation never took place.

    This also does not mean that Mir’s views on Khalid Khwaja, Qadianis and the USA are different to what he expressed in the audio tape.

    Also, Mir has been very selective in producing his statements and articles in the above letter.

    For example, he could have candidly expressed his soft views on Shaikh Osama Bin Laden and his harsh views on liberal fascists.

    Ironically, it is a liberal fascist blog (LUBP) which is defending Mir’s case, i.e., he deserves a fair inquiry. On the other hand, it is his friends in the right wing (ISI, MI, Zaid Hamid mafia etc) who are thirsty for Mir’s blood.

  2. http://www.ndtv.com/news/world/murdered-isi-officials-son-blames-tv-anchor-m-zulqernain-28186.php

    The son of a former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) official who was abducted and killed by militants has filed an application with Pakistani police in which he has held popular TV anchor Hamid Mir and a Punjabi Taliban leader responsible for the murder. Osama Khalid, the son of slain ISI official Khalid Khwaja, filed the application for the registration of a First Information Report (FIR) at Shalimar police station in Islamabad, which has jurisdiction over the area in which Mir lives.
    He sought the registration of an FIR under section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code, which relates to murder. In the application, he alleged that Mir supplied “wrong information” about his father to Punjabi Taliban leader Usman Punjabi and instigated him to kill his father. Osama also nominated the Asian Tigers and its members in his application. The Asian Tigers, a hitherto unheard of militant group, had claimed responsibility for kidnapping and killing Khwaja. Deputy Superintendent of Police Naeem Iqbal said police were considering the possibility of registering a case.
    However, a final decision would be made after analysing the legal aspects of the case, he said. Osama said he hoped that he would get justice. “All material, including the tape of a conversation between Hamid Mir and Usman Punjabi, has been handed over to the police. We will also provide some sensitive material to the police at an appropriate time because it involves matters of national interest,” he said.
    He vowed that he would expose Mir’s “deep relations with Taliban militants”. Mir has been at the centre of a controversy after a recording of a purported conversation between him and a Punjabi Taliban leader was leaked on the internet earlier this month. Some media organisations have called for an impartial investigation into the tape. In the conversation, Mir is heard accusing Khawaja of being a double agent working for the CIA and the Ahmedi sect. Mir also accused Khwaja of playing a “dirty” role in the 2007 standoff between the military and radical elements holed up in the Lal Masjid in Islamabad.
    Over 100 people, including hardline cleric Ghazi Abdul Rashid, were killed when the army stormed the mosque. Khwaja was kidnapped on March 26 in Pakistan’s restive tribal belt along with another former ISI official, Col Imam alias Sultan Amir Tarar, and a British journalist of Pakistani origin, Asad Qureshi Khwaja was shot dead on April 30 while the other two men are still being held by the Asian Tigers. Osama alleged: The mistake my father committed was that he told Hamid Mir that he was heading to Waziristan on a peace mission. Mir disclosed this to his friends there.
    I have with me the call record (of the conversation between Mir and the Punjabi Taliban militant). “The call was made on April 19 and the video of my father’s confessional statement was released to the media on April 23. That is enough evidence to lay hands on the so-called journalist for his role in the killing of my father,” he further alleged. Mir refused to comment, saying his lawyer has stopped him from making any statements on the issue.

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