Posts Tagged ‘ drones ’

Nadir Hassan’s Missing Link

Nov 1st, 2012 | By | Category: Express Tribune

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 […]



Who authorised drone attacks?

Dec 14th, 2011 | By | Category: The Nation

In The Nation on Tuesday, Dr Farooq Hassan asks ‘Who authorised the drone attacks?’. According to the senior advocate of Supreme Court, the two obvious suspects are President and PM. But it seems that Dr Hassan is overlooking some important research on the subject. In March, you might remember, General Officer Commanding 7-Division Maj-Gen Ghayur […]



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

Jul 9th, 2011 | By | Category: The Nation

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 […]



The News Complains About, Spreads Distorted Information

May 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi, the Jang Group ‘Investigative Editor’ whose sources were termed ‘incorrigable liars’ by Chief Justice Lahore High Court last year, was featured on the front page of The News complaining that elements within the military establishment have been feeding distorted information to the media. Ironically, Ansar Abbasi concludes his complaining about “unnamed sources” by […]



Media Adds Bodies, Confusion To Drone Death Count

May 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Daily Express, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Express News, Express Tribune, Geo TV, Jang, The News

Since Geo took a report from AFP and added two bodies to the death count from a pair of drone strikes in North Waziristan on Monday, news agencies have been in a race to the top of the pile of bodies. The News and Jang added an extra body, making the total 10 deaths. Express […]



Drones and Sovereignty

Apr 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

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 […]



Why is drone data missing from Daily Jang?

Apr 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

This blog has mentioned before the issue of media priorities – the decisions by editors and producers about what stories are important and what stories are not important enough to include in the day’s discussion. We have also explored the way that issues are reported differently between the English language and Urdu language media. Today’s […]



The News Headline on Zardari and Drone Strikes Misleading

Apr 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News on Saturday featured a bold front page headline claiming that “Zardari allowed US to boost drone strikes”. But the short article included in the paper offered no evidence to support this sensationalist claim. Actually, the claim comes from an opinion piece in American newspaper The Wall Street Journal of Friday. The News repeats […]



Yawar Abbas: Is the media fanning extremism?

Mar 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The following thought provoking column by Yawar Abbas raises several excellent points for examination. The piece was originally published in Daily Times on 24 March 2011 and is re-posted here for your consideration. The assassination of Salmaan Taseer at the hands of a religious zealot threw open the debate over the media’s role in encouraging […]



Drone Myths Put To Rest

Mar 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Dawn

This has been a difficult month for conspiracy theorists. First the visa conspiracy was completely debunked when the Embassy in Washington opened the books and showed the data which revealed that the number of visas issued to American officials has been relatively unchanged for decades. Now, the conspiracy theorists other favourite story, drone attacks, is […]



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