Tariq Butt's latest column – Is this reporting?

Jul 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News today features a top story by Tariq Butt that hardly qualifies as serious journalism. The article, “Fortress NAB shuts all doors and windows” is nothing but a polemic intended to smear NAB officials and is supported by no facts or evidence other than the supposed statements of a nameless “ex-official”.

Tariq Butt’s rhetoric is over-the-top, and betrays an obvious bias against the NAB officials. The author begins his article by describing top NAB officials as “handpicked loyalists of the ruling party” and claims that the agency has “shut itself into a cocoon, with all doors and windows closed to keep a lid on its actions and secret plans”.

The reporter then acts shocked when the agency’s acting chairman and prosecutor general do not take his calls on their personal mobile phones. It is interesting to note that harassing individuals on their personal mobile phones is on the same day condemned by another journalist, Mr Kamran Shafi, who complains of this behavior by members of the intelligence agencies. Have Jang reporters begun acting like rogue intelligence agents?

Tariq Butt’s claims are supposedly backed by the statements of yet another one of Jang’s super secret and anonymous “ex-officials” who, of course, no longer works for the agency that he is supposedly giving confidential information about.

This anonymous source, if he even exists, supposedly told Tariq Butt that “all the officers and staffers, who were still with the NAB, were under strict surveillance by an intelligence agency on the orders of the government to know who tries to leak out any information about whatever was being planned inside the NAB.”

But Tariq Butt admits that his alleged source does not even work for NAB, so how would this person be privy to such information? In fact, he wouldn’t.

But Mr Butt does not let that stop him from making the most hysterical and slanderous accusations. He concludes his article by accusing that NAB “is now engaged in devising ways and means to serve a particular set of corrupt people”. For all the complaints about MNAs allegedly lying about their degrees, I wonder when Jang will begin to hold their own employees accountable for the scandalous behaviour that appears on the front page of their own newspaper.

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  1. Two Pillars of our country(viz. Media and Judiciary) are real firm and strong and are getting stronger day by day and will continue to do so, despite some black sheeps within and without.
    One thing ABSOLUTELY TRUE, is that ALL, repeat ALL POLITICIANS, who are, now and have been in the past, in POWER are CORRUPT, Criminals, LIARS and what not! None of them is sincere to the country or the nation. They all are ABSOLUTE SELFISH LOT (sincere only to themselves)!
    In particular entire PPP Goverment (rater ‘Zardari Government’)members, legislators, Senators, MNAs, MPAs are ‘Believe It Or Not’ mere Dummies and Puppets, including of course, the President and Prime Minister and the Cabinet. They all are, without any exception whatsoever, Liars and Corrupt of topmost degree according to their seat of office…..i.e, in descending order, Top of them all is Zardari himself, followed by Gilani, Rehman Malik, Pervaiz Ashraf, Baber Awan, Fauzia Wahab, Firdaus Awan, ………………, Sardar Asif (real Sardarji in disguise, (the power Tout) Salman Tasir, Z. Mirza, F. Mirza etc., etc.,
    In view of their ‘real and practical input’ the PPP is now defined as:

    ‘Plunderers of Pakistan Party’
    and Zardari brand ‘Democracy’ is defined world-over as:-
    Government………OFF the People,
    Government……… BUY the People and,
    Government……… FAAR the People.

    Can anyone (real consciencious person) deny the foregoing, under Oath??

    The people of Pakistan are realizing day by day that Zardari Government is NOT AT ALL PEOPLE FRIENDLY (Poors, Lower Middle-Class and Middle Class consists of 98% of our entire population) hence it is beyond any speck of doubt “PUBLIC ENEMY No.1″ !!!!

    We firmly stand with our Media who is exposing them without any fear and firmly support our Judiciary who will Insha Allah, give them an extended and examplary punishment and get the trillions of public money back to the National Exchaquer.

    Our Fee Media Media……Zindabad!
    Our Real Free Judiciary…Zindabad!!
    Pakistan Paindabad!!!!

    The Public Pledge,”No bounds or bands would be tolerated to our Media & Judiciary!”

  2. Our Free Media and Judiciary are the two pillars who are doing real productive work for the nation and its country while the Government, which is run by the criminals, looter and liars is, as a matter of fact Total Corrupt! Its entire “Naukar Shahi” is a band of “Chore, Luteray and Dakoo!”
    Once upon a time our famous poet Akbar Allahabadi said about the poets, writers, analysts, reformers etc., …”ke Unke aa’sab pe ‘Aurat’ hai sawar.” With a slight modification the same is true for our leaders, writers, poets, traders, clerics and even the common men/women as under:-
    “In subke aa’sab pe ‘DAULAT’ hai sawar!”

    Be it our President, Prime Minister, Ministers, Governers, MNAs, Senators, MPAs, Clerics, Teachers, Writers, Analysts, Traders, Industrialists etc., etc., it remains a fact they all without any exception have ‘Daulat’ fair or unfair as their ultimate ideal-object.
    Our Media is exposing them and our Judiciary would bring them to book. They both must as it is the only way left for getting rid of them. A day will come, unless these politicians who are all Corrupt, thieves, dacoits, liars, criminals …….. change, as the nation wants them to change…, heads will for sure, roll and the people will hang them by lamp-posts, trees and bill-boards; so Criminals! Beware and correct yourself!”

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