Posts Tagged ‘ Lack of Evidence ’

Ansar Abbasi and The News Inciting Possible Murder

Mar 12th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi’s front page article of 12 March is a dangerous game of promoting anti-Americanism and vigilante violence in the country. In the column, Abbasi lists the names of 55 Americans who he terms ‘suspicious’ and ‘alleged to have been spying’. Neither the reporter nor the newspaper present any evidence for these claims, rather they […]



The Raoof Hasan Fiasco

Feb 12th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Pakistan Today

When I posted about the death of the Visa Conspiracy I wondered who would be the first person to dig the grave and drag the rotting corpse back out for one final blow. I must admit I was surprised, though, to see it not from one of the usual suspects but from CM Shahbaz Sharif’s […]



Bachola Shaheen Sehabi

Feb 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Despite several requests, we had not intended to address the rumours of a secret Zardari wedding that have been floated around the internet because we felt that these were so obviously attempts to invent a scandal from thin air that they did not warrant even the most basic acknowledgement. Our hand was forced, however, when […]



First US Controls the Weather, Now Time Travel Also

Jan 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

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 […]



Ansar Abbasi’s Gol Gappay

Dec 27th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

Ansar Abbasi’s column for The News today made my mouth water this morning, but I could not figure out why. Abbasi’s column, featured on the front page of the newspaper, claims that “Big names” including at least one minister are figured in a scandal of allotting 1,000 plots in Islamabad. Walking down the street after […]



Blasphemy and Opportunism

Nov 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi’s column of 26 November is a curious piece of work. He begins by reporting some statements of Law Minister Babar Awan about repeal of the blasphemy law. According to Ansar Abbasi, the esteemed minister has said that he opposed repeal of the law and that no one should think of repealing it while […]



The Nation Front Page Article On Taxes Misleading, Lacks Evidence

Nov 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The Nation‘s glaring front page article on proposed tax changes carries a sensational headline that is not supported by any evidence in the actual article. During a time of rising cost for essentials such as sugar, claiming that new taxes will further raise prices is certain to cause alarm. The reporter Javaid-ur-rehman’s column begins with […]



Shaheen Sehbai's Fools Gold

Nov 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Shaheen Sehbai appears to be challenging for ‘Best Drama Screenplay’ with his column for The News, “$260 billion gold mines going for a song, behind closed doors“. Sehabi’s front page article is filled with back-stabbing, conspiracies, and corporate intrigue. Unfortunately, it is lacking in any real investigative reporting. From the beginning, Shaheen Sehbai takes such […]



Shabbir Mir's Shabby Reporting on BISP

Oct 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune

A report in Express Tribune of 24 October lacks the necessary evidence to support the claim of the article. Shabbir Mir’s article, “Jiyalas abound in poverty reduction scheme” alleges that “you have to be a PPP jiyala to get government money…in Gilgit-Baltistan”. This is a serious charge of corruption that should require a minimal level […]



Skiander Shaheen's Bhoot Story

Sep 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt

Majid Nizami’s newspapers have long been a reliable source of conspiracy theories and accusations against alleged spies of all sorts. The Nation became internationally notorious last year when it accused an American journalist of being a spy with no evidence. Unfortunately, this has happened again. Nawa-i-Waqt reporter Skiander Shaheen has continued the practice recently by […]



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