Ahmad Noorani Mischaracterizes Zardari Statements, Contradicts Own Newspaper

Jun 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: The News
Ahmad Noorani, journalist or political operative?

Ahmad Noorani, journalist or political operative?

Ahmad Noorani writes a ‘top story’ in The News today that is an example of yellow journalism at its worst. The article, “President confuses PPP Jialas and the nation“, is a political ‘hit job’ and not a serious piece of journalism. Moreover, the author’s argument contradicts recent reports found in his own newspaper.

Ahmed claims that the president does not want to locate and try the killers of Benazir Bhutto. This is a blatant mischaracterization of the president’s remarks in an effort to score political points.

Despite making this claim about the president’s statements, Noorani does not actually provide quotes that back up his claims. Perhaps that is because the actual statements of the president are not as Ahmad Noorani tries to twist them.

Actually, the president has repeatedly said the same thing – that his government will not practise revenge, but will respect the due process of proper law and order. This is even reported in The News on 22 April 2010:

“We do not believe in the politics of revenge. The law will take its own course and the people who are responsible for the martyrdom of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto will be brought to justice, not to revenge,” the president said while addressing PPP workers, members of the bar and the People’s Lawyer Forum from Bahawalpur, Multan and DG Khan divisions here at the Ashraf Sugar Mills.

This is clearly a call for a proper investigation and trial of the killers of Benazir Bhutto, not, as Ahmad Noorani falsely characterizes it, a call to abandon the investigation. Or does Ahmad Noorani believe that there should be simply a revenge killing of some scapegoat with no due process?

Because President Zardari’s statements about the ongoing investigation and forthcoming trials for Benazir Bhutto’s murderers have been quite clear, it is hard not to come to the conclusion that Ahmad Noorani is not engaging in journalism, but is using his position at The News to engage in a political ‘character assassination’ of the president.

It turns out, Mr Noorani, a protege of long-time Zardari critic Mr Ansar Abbasi, is no stranger to political hit jobs. According to research conducted by blogger Mohtasib, in April 2000,

In April 2000, Bahawalpur’s Civil Lines Police registered a case against AhmedNoorani for violating section 144 CrPC, which was imposed to refrain miscreants from provoking sectarian sentiments in the area known as a hotbed of sectarian militancy.Noorani had plastered the walls of Islamia University of Bahawalpur with posters carrying objectionable slogans against some sects (see the police report).

Nor is this the first time that Ahmad Noorani has used his position at The News to write some political propaganda under the cover of journalism. Mr Yousuf Nazar wrote about Ahmad Noorani’s misleading reporting about the 18th Amendment in April of this year.

This raises the question of whether or not Ahmad Noorani is a reporter or a political operative. Judging by this article, the answer does not look good.

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  1. Confusion of Mr Ahmad Noorani???

    USING WIRETAPS AGAINST THEIR OWN JOURNALISTS AND OBJECTION WHEN THE SAME IS DONE WITH HAMID MIR: GEO TV: Selective Freedom of Expression. http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/11/geo-tv-selective-freedom-of-expression.html

  2. Mohammad Ahmed Noorani had basically “FILED REPORT AGAINST DR SHAHID MASOOD” , what a confused soul: Jang Group VS Dr. Shahid Masood & ARY ONE World. http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/11/jang-group-vs-dr-shahid-masood-ary-one.html

  3. Jang Group uses Wiretapping in its reporting: Similarities between Shaheen Sehbai & Asghar Khan Letters. http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/11/similarities-between-shaheen-sehbai.html

  4. Jang Group… See More’s Indian Agents & Jang’s Aman Ki Asha – Destination Peace. http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2010/05/jang-groups-indian-agent-jangs-aman-ki.html
    What a joke this Jang Group of Newspapers is playing with Pakistan and India both by riding two boats at the same time. Jang Group’s Urdu “RAG” Daily Jang carries a news wherein the correspondent has indirectly declared that I A Rehman (Human Rights Commission of Pakistan), Asma Jahangir (Human Rights Commission of Pakistan) and Muneeza Hashmi are Indian Agents whereas the English Version of the same “RAG” of the Jang Groups doesn’t even mention the name of the three.

  5. Jang Group & Veracity of Transparency International & IRI Survey.
    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2010/11/jang-group-veracity-of-transparency.html Mob of Kamran Khan i.e. Mr. Ansar Abbasi, Mr Shaheen Sehbai, Mr. Irfan Siddiqui and Mohammad Malick are usually very fond of the reports of Transparency International and Survey of International Republican Institute (IRI) particularly when they carry “Corruption Reports on Pakistan. Quite funny isn’t it that the same group often raise hell against US Central Intelligence, Mossad and countless others and these very journalists “conveniently” forget that such surveys/reports could be a brainchild of the Organizations on the payrolls of the same US Central Intelligence Agency and Mossad. One of the Professional Colleague Mubashir Luqman openly said Transparency International an Israeli/CIA Agent:)

  6. […] to Pakistan Media Watch, Mr Noorani, a protege of long-time Salafist-Deobandi preacher Mr Ansar Abbasi, is no stranger to […]

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