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The ‘Main Problem’ with The Nation’s editorial on drones

July 9th, 2011

An editorial in The Nation on Friday claims that the main problem of Pakistan is drones. This may seem like an unremarkable story since it is not the first time that The Nation has taken such a position on drone strikes. But this time the editorial gives away a bit more than the editors may have […]

Geo Caught Plagiarising, Censoring Report On Drones

May 17th, 2011

Editors and journalists may think they can get away with plagiarizing articles and changing the facts reported without being caught. But in the modern age of the internet this is simply not possible. Most recently Geo has found itself embarrassed on the world stage when US think tank ‘AfPak Channel’ caught it plagiarizing an article […]

Drones and Sovereignty

April 29th, 2011

The News on Thursday includes a critical attack on political leadership by Vice-chairman Sindh National Front Ameer Bhutto. At issue for the former MPA is the response of politicians to ongoing drone attacks, which Ameer terms “nothing short of an open declaration of war against Pakistan”. But a closer look at the facts reveals something […]

Qadri an American Agent? Shireen Mazari’s Latest Conspiracy Theory

January 16th, 2013

This week’s events have left many scratching their heads. Dr Tahirul Qadri’s return to Pakistan in the final few months before elections left many wondering, “why now?” Adding to those questions are the size and scope of Qadri’s long march. Who has paid the Rs800m to reserve 40,000 buses? Who paid $4 million on television […]

Nadir Hassan’s Missing Link

November 1st, 2012

Nadir Hassan wrote for Express Tribune that it is time to de-link drones and terrorism. Nadir Hassan’s analysis is based on a commonly accepted idea: that TTP and Afghan Taliban are two distinct groups with different goals. Much of the terrorist violence in the country is the handiwork of the TTP, a coalition of various militant groups […]

Fighting ‘straw men’ is a losing battle

September 5th, 2012

A ‘straw man‘ is a type of argument based on the misrepresentation of your opponent’s position. Wikipedia provides an excellent example of this type of rhetoric: A: Sunny days are good. B: If all days were sunny, we’d never have rain, and without rain, we’d have famine and death. In this case B has falsely framed A’s […]

Jang Group’s latest folly

October 4th, 2011

Jang Group‘s latest folly follows a familiar pattern at the The News, where cutting and pasting from the internet appears to be replacing investigative journalism, and politics seem to weigh heavily on editorial decisions. The article in question, Threatening war against Pakistan is height of folly: report, claims that a US paper has reported that America […]

Jang Group’s Highly Placed Sources Exposed

August 19th, 2011

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. […]

More Plagiarism Allegations Hit Jang Group

July 29th, 2011

Latest plagiarism allegations against Jang Group comes from blogger Abdullah Saad who posted on Twitter about an article by Ikram Sehgal that is strangely similar to a post by Saad earlier this year. Ikram Sehgal: Without seeking to achieve parity with India, Pakistan has to maintain the status quo, by upgrading its non-conventional weapons capabilities i.e. better […]

Culture of plagiarism at Jang Group

July 22nd, 2011

Below is the opening paragraph from an article in the 14 July edition of British newspaper The Economist. EVEN at the best of times it would have seemed unusual for America’s embassy in Islamabad to organise its recent gathering for “gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender” people. Given the grim state of bilateral relations, the meeting […]