Ansar Abbasi's Alter Ego

Nov 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang

Ansar AbbasiTalat Hussain found himself the subject of outrage recently after he wrote a scathing article attacking Angelina Jolie for failing to live up to Talat the conservative Islamist’s ideal of the proper role of women. While some were upset with his point of view, most were upset with his blatant hypocrisy, seeing this as another example of two-faced journalists who are not honest with readers but only playing to the crowd. Another journalist has revealed his forked tongue by writing an article that attacks not a foreign woman but our own daughters for failing to observe modesty enough to satisfy his taste. Again, this journalist claims to be a liberal and of course he is only writing this column in Urdu.

The article under discussion is Ansar Abbasi’s column for Jang which takes aim at Fashion Week. Cafe Pyala provides a translation of the article for those who do not read Urdu. The blogger also makes the excellent point that regardless of one’s personal attitude towards fashion week, this is another glaring example of media hypocrisy – journalists and media companies who write in one way for English readers and another way for Urdu readers.

Below is a translation of his Urdu op-ed piece published in today’s Jang (thanks to @tazeen for drawing my attention to it). It is worth a read, not only because it provides a window to the mindset of Abbasi and possibly many, many others. But also because it draws attention, once again, to the linguistic divide that separates the English reading public and non-English reading public, a divide that is not only tolerated but pandered to. (It is extremely unlikely you would ever read anything like this article in the Jang group’s English paper The News or any other English-language paper for that matter.) This article serves to remind you, if anything, that all those post-modernist assumptions about progress in how the role of women in society is discussed, are merely hollow assumptions. Or at least that all those debates have passed Abbasi by without disturbing even a hair in his beard.

I have also yet to understand the mindset of the Jang Group, which launches Amn Ki Asha with great fanfare on the one hand, and has no qualms on the other in making petty-minded jabs about Gandhi and India on Geo on the other (see their coverage of US President Obama’s visit to Gandhi’s samadi). It will willingly tone down the anti-West moral brigade in The News or on Geo, but allow them free rein in Jang. It will make Geo a media partner of the Fashion Week and provide it wide publicity and, at the same time, run such incendiary pieces about it in its publications (and make no mistake, this article is a call to disruptive action)… Do they really think this is what is meant by ‘letting a thousand flowers bloom’?

Perhaps it’s time for Jang Group to change its name to Janus Group. It is clear that the organization is showing two faces – one to English readers and one to those who prefer Urdu. Of course anyone may have their own opinion on social issues, but it should certainly raise eyebrows to know that some of our esteemed journalists and commentators have every opinion on an issue, only reciting what they think their dear readers want to hear. If that is the case, what is the point?

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  1. Videos – Mr. Ansar Abbasi must be appreciated and praised for his services to Islam and I hope Jang Group/GEO TV Executives would sack all those Female Announcer/News Casters/ANCHOR and Host who wear “indecent” clothes while working for the Jang Group. How dare they wear such nasty clothes in the presence of Mr. Ansar Abbasi. GEO Entertainment and particularly Dr Shaista and women appear on GEO TV should be requested
    Jang Group’s Sectarian Rhetoric in Editorial.

  2. 🙂 DE FACTO CM Sindh “Owais Muzzaffar” aka Tippi Zardari by Mr. Ansar Abbasi Thursday, November 25, 2010, Zilhajj 18, 1431 A.H

  3. How did these Journalist “pay” – Some of the prominent journalists allotted plots for construction of flats in G-8 Markaz were Ayaz Amir, Hamid Mir, Aroosa Alam, Ehtashamul Haq, Nusrat Javed, Ishaq Chaudhary, and Nasir Malick. Mir, Haq and ……Alam have already sold their flats at a premium, after paying approximately Rs800,000 to the government. Myth busted: Chief justice also got a plot Rauf Klasra Published in The Express Tribune, November 25th, 2010.

  4. Fight amongst Pakistani “Sanctimonious” Journalists on Residential Plots – Part 1 URL:

  5. Fight amongst Pakistani “Sanctimonious” Journalists on Residential Plots – Part 2 URL:

  6. In fact Ansar Abbasi is a mentally SICK person.
    While commenting on a case related to the award of extra marks to the chief justice
    (Abdul Hameed Dogar’s) daughter, the prime minister’s former press secretary Zahid Bashir has claimed that
    a senior journalist working for English daily The News is ‘involved in corruption’,
    a private TV channel said on Tuesday. Bashir said he was ready for a face-off with
    the journalist, Ansar Abbasi, to bring out the truth.
    Mr Zahid Bashir attended a talk show hosted by Dr. Danish and produced/broadcasted
    by a TV Channel ARY One World. The title of talk show was “Sawal Ya Hai Kai” and it
    was aired on 29th December 2008 at about 11.05 P.M.
    The show exposed Ansar Abbasi’s dishonesty and corruption.
    A letter was read in the same program, sent by one Ashraf Ansari to FBR with the
    subject “Tax evasion by Ansar Ahmed Abbasi Journalist”.
    The letter also exposes Ansar Abbasi’s father’s activities who according to
    Ansar Abbasi is “a known businessman of Muree” whereas according the letter,
    he was a poor labourer.
    According to the letter, Ansar Abbasi has the properties having worth of
    Rs.444 millions. The figures and details of properties owned or attributed to
    Ansar Abbasi are surprising.
    For example, the wardrobe inventories of Ansar Abbasi, who is reported to
    have 150 foreign suits, diamonds and precious watches etc. Ansar Abbasi
    has one office maintained car by Jang and other inexplicable perks.
    It was reported that Ansar Abbasi owns two hotels in Islamabad and a
    CNG pump for which he had never paid any taxes.

  7. Mr. Ansar Abbasi must be appreciated and praised for his services to Islam and I hope Jang Group/GEO TV Executives would sack all those Female Announcer/News Casters/ANCHOR and Host who wear “indecent” clothes while working for the Jang Group. How dare they wear such nasty clothes in the presence of Mr. Ansar Abbasi. GEO Entertainment and particularly Dr Shaista and women appear on GEO TV should be requested to either wear shuttle cock or you are no more required. Its an old trick to get popularity in Pakistan by exploiting the Holy Name of Islam in which Mr Ansar Abbasi is indulged to show the world that Ansar Abbasi is ACTUALLY A SAINT IN THE GUISE OF A JOURNALIST. The same Jang Group of Newspapers/GEO TV and The News International violate Quranic and Hadith commandments on daily basis e.g. in Sunday Magazine pictures of Unveiled Women are published on regular basis [where is the Shairah of Ansar Abbasi] why don’t Ansar Abbasi file news against the Female Journalists working in the News International/GEO TV/Jang Group of Newspaper without observing a proper veil.

  8. Jang Group & Veracity of Transparency International & IRI Survey. 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:)

  9. Conspiracy: International/National Media VS JANG/GEO TV & Hamid Mir.

  10. There was a time when members of the Pakistani establishment and especially those agencies, used to assume the role of determining what is ‘national interest of Pakistan’, and who is loyal, and who is anti Pakistan, have perhaps done more damage to Pakistan than known enemies of Pakistan. It is unfortunate that every blunder, be it at national level or in foreign affairs, is made in the name of ‘national interest of Pakistan’. People of Pakistan are perplexed as they fail to understand what is ’national interest of Pakistan?
    Now this role has been adopted by some of our most “Celebrity Journalists cum Analysts cum Private TV Channel Anchors” even the some of the Senior Most Seasoned Journalist/Editor [Read Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi, Dr Shahid Masood, Hamid Mir and Rauf Klasra usually get so obsessed with National Security and National Interest of Pakistan and Futile Ant-Americanism that they forget that what they used to file in web based magazine – South Asia Tribune [based in USA] founded by Shaheen Sehbai [Present Group Editor of The News International Pakistan]. They and some of the most important members of present PPP Government used to contribute in the same web based magazine e.g. Farhatullah Babar, Hussain Haqqani, Wajid Shamsul Hassan and so many others.

  11. ‎”I have received death threats,” Syed Adil Gilani told AFP by telephone from his Karachi office, but declined to name those who had issued the threats. “They are calling me anti-state and a foreign agent,” he said.
    Transparency International, CIA Connections & Corruption Report.

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  13. […] Ansar Abbasi’s pseudo-religious diatribe against Fashion Week in Jang to Talat Hussain’s attack on Angelina Jolie in Daily Express, so-called journalists […]

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