Jang Group’s Highly Placed Sources Exposed

The News (Jang Group)Today’s post comes thanks to a tip from a dear reader who noticed something odd about a recent article in The News (Jang Group). The piece by Muhammad Saleh Zaafir examines allegations that Pakistan gave Chinese officials access to the remains of a top secret American stealth helicopter abandoned after the Abbottabad operation in May.

Saleh Zaafir’s piece quotes “highly placed defence sources”, but as per usual does not reveal who these sources are. However, today we are prepared to expose these sources and shed some light on the secret contacts between senior Jang Group reporters and their top defence sources.

The following paragraph comes from Saleh Zaafir’s article:

Providing background of the technology the sources said that it is used to avoid detection by employing a combination of features to interfere with radar as well as reduce visibility in the infrared, visual, audio, and radio frequency (RF) spectrum. Development of stealth technology began in Germany during World War II.

Well-known modern examples of stealth aircraft include the United States’ F-117 Nighthawk (1981-2008), the B-2 Spirit, the F-22 Raptor, and the F-35 Lightning II. While no aircraft is totally invisible to radar, stealth aircraft prevents conventional radar from detecting or tracking the aircraft effectively, reducing the odds of a successful attack.

As you can clearly see, Saleh Zaafir was given this information by his “highly placed defence sources”.

The following paragraph comes from a Wikipedia article on Stealth aircraft:

Stealth aircraft are aircraft that use stealth technology to avoid detection by employing a combination of features to interfere with radar as well as reduce visibility in the infrared, visual, audio, and radio frequency (RF) spectrum. Development of stealth technology likely began in Germany during World War II.

Well-known modern examples of stealth aircraft include the United States’ F-117 Nighthawk (1981–2008), the B-2 Spirit, the F-22 Raptor, and the F-35 Lightning II. While no aircraft is totally invisible to radar, stealth aircraft prevent conventional radar from detecting or tracking the aircraft effectively, reducing the odds of a successful attack.

Here is some additional information provided by Saleh Zaafir’s “highly placed defence sources”:

The sources pointed out that in the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia two stealth aircraft were used by the United States, the veteran F-117 Nighthawk, and the newly introduced B-2 Spirit strategic stealth bomber. The F-117 performed its usual role of striking precision high-value targets and performed well, although one F-117 was shot down by a Serbian Isayev S-125 ‘Neva-M’ missile. The new B-2 Spirit was highly successful, destroying 33% of selected Serbian bombing targets in the first eight weeks of U.S. involvement in the War.

And, again, here is a quote from Wikipedia:

In the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia two stealth aircraft were used by the United States, the veteran F-117 Nighthawk, and the newly introduced B-2 Spirit strategic stealth bomber. The F-117 performed its usual role of striking precision high-value targets and performed well, although one F-117 was shot down by a Serbian Isayev S-125 ‘Neva-M’ missile. The new B-2 Spirit was highly successful, destroying 33% of selected Serbian bombing targets in the first eight weeks of U.S. involvement in the War.

During his lengthy interview with his “highly placed defence sources”, Saleh Zaafir was reminded of some additional history.

The sources reminded that the only time a stealth aircraft has been shot down was on 27 March 1999, during Operation Allied Force. An American F-117 Nighthawk’s bomb bay had malfunctioned causing it to remain open for an unusually long time, allowing a Serbian Air Defence crew who were operating their radars on unusually long wavelengths to launch an Isayev S-125 ‘Neva-M’ missile at it, which brought it down.

Once more, a quote from the same Wikipedia article:

The only time that a stealth aircraft has been shot down was on 27 March 1999, during Operation Allied Force. An American F-117 Nighthawk fell to a Serbian Air Defense crew who were operating their radars on unusually long wavelengths to launch a Isayev S-125 ‘Neva-M’ missile at it which brought it down.

So there it is. Jang Group‘s “highly placed defence sources” are…Wikipedia. Now, usually this would be something to laugh at, but this is not a schoolboy who didn’t do his work and tried to pass off a cut-and-paste job from Wikipedia, it is a senior reporter for one of the largest media groups of the nation. Worse, this reporter does not only try to pass off the article as his own work when it is cut and pasted from Wikipedia, he even has the audacity to claim that he received the information from “highly placed defence sources”.

Sadly, this incident does not stand alone but appears to be part of a larger pattern of behaviour affecting the quality of reporting at Jang Group. The question is whether the leadership at Jang will get its house in order before it crumbles from neglect.

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4 Responses to “Jang Group’s Highly Placed Sources Exposed”

  1. Ahmed iqbalabadi says:

    That is why he is known as saaleh duffer

  2. Guest says:

    With this post you’ve outdone yourself. This is one of the best blogs on the Internet. Greetings from a fan in the U.S.

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