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'Trust Deficit' a Self Fulfilling Prophecy?

August 17th, 2010

Pakistan is suffering from the worst disaster in recent history, said UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon as he witnessed the devastation himself. Still, many commentators have noticed that except for the US and UK, most nations have not offered much in the way of humanitarian relief. A popular notion in the media has blamed […]



Serious Problems with Misused Aid Funds Report

August 15th, 2010

Saturday’s edition of The Nation included an article that claims that President Zardari has been misusing foreign aid from the 2005 Earthquake. The story has now been picked up by Express Tribune, Dawn, and others. But where did this story come from, and is it reliable? The story originated with Dean Nelson, the Telegraph‘s South […]



Security threats real and imagined

April 10th, 2012

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 […]



Memogate 2: Get Mushy

January 19th, 2012

Last week, Ansar Abbasi wrote what is allegedly detailed information about Musharraf’s personal accounts with banks and investment firms in the Gulf. He received his private information from ‘a source’. Now, Ansar Abbasi has an ‘influential diplomatic source’ that allegedly has copies of a communication sent to an American ex-Congressman asking for support upon his […]



“No Information”

November 12th, 2011

Ansar Abbasi is back to his old tricks on Friday with an article for The News, ‘Foreign Office has no information if any expelled US official is now back’. The title of Abbasi’s latest piece says it all: “no information”. Nevermind that he had no information, Ansar Abbasi can always rely on conspiracy theories and […]



Jang Group Promotes Sensational PNS Mehran Conspiracy Theory

May 25th, 2011

A front page article in The News by Mayed Ali that claims to report on the assault on PNS Mehran on Sunday night, but after listing details about the combat radius and onboard radar of the destroyed Orion aircraft the reporter ventures into the land of Hollywood movie-style conspiracy plots. However, it is believed, the […]



First US Controls the Weather, Now Time Travel Also

January 24th, 2011

An article by Azim Mian published in both Jang and The News claims that President Zardari has engaged in a conspiracy against the media by convincing members of the US Congress to write a letter to Hillary Clinton requesting that visas not be granted to “media men not condemning the killing of Salman Taseer”. Judging […]



Court Terms Ansar Abbasi Sources “Incorrigible Liars”

January 14th, 2011

Ansar Abbasi is a constant defender of his reporting and his anonymous sources, even though his predictions do not come true and his conspiracies prove false. Despite the growing record of the unreliability of Ansar Abbasi’s reporting, Jang Group continues to publish his writing to this day without any public corrections or apologies for his […]



The Lowest Depths of Media Irresponsibility

December 21st, 2010

I planned to write about a couple of items that have been in the news lately that I thought warranted addressing. For example, the article of 20 December, ‘Nawaz to support PPP in Centre, claims Shujaat’ which included the description of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif as “the so-called opposition leader”. It is unclear if this […]



LHC Assassination Conspiracy Theory Threatens Jang Group's Believability

September 20th, 2010

The News (Jang) finds itself in a rather embarrassing situation today as the Supreme Court has issued a public statement that an article in Sunday’s newspaper is misleading and requested Jang to publish a correction “prominently, preferably at the same spot on the front pages of the two newspapers in order to set the record […]



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