Archive for April 2012

Farrukh Saleem: Journalist or Political Activist?

Apr 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The Supreme Court’s decision against Prime Minister Gilani on Friday resulted in no small amount of confusion for many very capable barristers. Not so for Jang Group journalist Farrukh Saleem who used his column space in The News on Sunday to term the Prime Minister as a criminal. Farrukh Saleem, however, may tell us more […]



Kamran Khan’s Contempt For Objectivity

Apr 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Geo TV

Geo TV‘s Kamran Khan could not have expected what happened when he invited Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira as his guest on Wednesday to discuss the possible outcomes of contempt charges against the Prime Minister. For our dear readers who do not understand Urdu, please allow me to offer an explanation. This clip begins with […]



Facts and Perception: More Misleading Reporting on Memogate

Apr 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn, Express Tribune, Geo TV, The News

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned its hearing on former Ambassador Husain Haqqani’s plea to be given the same opportunity to respond via video link as his accuser, the American businessman Mansoor Ijaz. When it did so, the Court issued some decision. What you believe that decision may depends on where you get your news. […]



Exacerbating a tragedy

Apr 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Dunya, Geo TV, The News

Last night’s Bhoja air crash was a tragedy that has affected the entire nation. Unfortunately, once again the media has exacerbated the tragedy through irresponsible and insensitive reporting. Geo reported that Benazir Bhutto International Airport would be closed for two days, only to have their report followed by the Civil Aviation Authority reporting that the […]



Rumour Laundering and the Courts

Apr 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Daily Times, The News

The News reports on Wednesday that LHC has been petitioned to investigate the Punjab government’s laptop scheme and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif are respondents in the petition. According to the news report, The petitioner submitted that as per a report of the Transparency International the laptop scheme launched […]



The difference between ‘Pressure’ and ‘Help’ – Geography?

Apr 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Dawn

On 1st March, Dawn reported that American officials warned the government against pursuing the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline in a piece headlined, ‘Tough US warning on Iran gas pipeline’. The article reported that cooperation with Iran on the pipeline could trigger sanctions under pre-existing US laws, and that the Americans were offering an alternative energy plan: […]



The Nation misrepresents Bilawal’s statements

Apr 11th, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation

An editorial in The Nation on Wednesday misrepresents the statements of Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari as a call for unilateral disarmament of Pakistan particularly with regards to the nuclear assets. The Nation characterised Bilawal as ‘naive’ and ‘idealism’ said that his statement ‘overlooks some of the fundamental realities but also reinforces his stature […]



Security threats real and imagined

Apr 10th, 2012 | By | Category: The News

A new report by Ahmad Noorani for The News claims that Haqqani’s missing Blackberry ‘could significantly help CIA, Mossad and RAW’. However, a quick review of the facts suggests that this is nothing but more sensationalist media fear mongering. Husain Haqqani was summoned to Pakistan on 16th November 2011. landed in Islamabad on 20th November […]



Media, TIP, and Allegation Laundering

Apr 8th, 2012 | By | Category: Daily Times

The Punjab government finds itself on the wrong side of Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) due to the controversial laptop scheme. According to multiple media reports, TIP Advisor Syed Adil Gilani has written a letter to provincial secretary of the Punjab Planning and Development Department requesting investigation of possible violation of Punjab Procurement Rules, 2009 and […]



Is Hafiz Saeed ‘de-radicalising’ militants?

Apr 7th, 2012 | By | Category: headlines

The headline has been repeated so often and in every newspaper that it is hard not to escape it. ‘Hafiz Saeed helping de-radicalise militants’, the bold print reads. That this report comes just days after the US offered a whopping $10 million bounty for information that can be used to arrest the Jamaat ud Dawa […]



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