Why Is PTV Promoting Banned Groups?

Jul 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Dunya, PTV

In 2008, Jamaat-ud-Dawa was added to a list of international terrorist groups by the United Nations. Following the announcement, the government arrested Hafiz Saeed and banned his organisation. Hafiz Saeed and his banned groups are not in hiding, however, rather they are currently being strongly projected by Pakistan media.

Hafiz Saeed interview on Dunya

Hafiz Saeed’s appearance on private media channels is nothing new. What is more concerning, however, is a recent report on PTV.

Why is state TV projecting banned groups? And what does this tell to other banned groups such as Lashkar-e-Jhangvi about how serious the government is about ‘banning’? At a time when government and Army are telling that no militants will be spared, we are seeing extremist groups being projected in media. Even if we can expect such practices from private channels, what does it say when the same is being done by official ones?

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