Posts Tagged ‘ militants ’

Naya Zamana Editor Threatened By Jihadi Militants

Jun 19th, 2014 | By | Category: Urdu Media

The editor of progressive Urdu monthly magazine Naya Zamana, Lahore, Mohammad Shoaib Adil, has reportedly been receiving life threats from religious militants for publishing the autobiography of a retired Lahore High Court judge, Muhammad Islam Bhatti, seven years ago.  These militants have also submitted an application for registration of a blasphemy case against the editor, […]



The News Projects Sympathy For Militants In Report on JI Leader

Jan 9th, 2013 | By | Category: The News

A report on the life of former Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmed in The News (Jang Group) projects sympathy for religious extremism and militancy. The report terms Qazi Hussain Ahmed as ‘a man of valour and courage’ and uses as evidence his relationship with Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. The print edition of The News even includes […]



US Refutes Express Tribune Article, ISPR stays mum

Aug 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Express Tribune

Express Tribune reported on Monday that the US is ready to give control of three Afghan provinces to Haqqani militants if they promise to stop supporting the Afghan Taliban. The claim is based on the statements of an anonymous ‘senior American military official’. According to the anonymous source, the Haqqanis are nearly invincible as both […]



Jamaat-ud-Dawa: Internationally renowned charity or militant group?

Aug 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: The News

The News reports today that 160 Pakistanis appear on Interpol’s ‘Wanted List’. While the report is mostly just a list of names taken from the Interpol ‘Wanted List’, the author Sabir Shah gives special attention to the presence of Hafiz Saeed, terming his group Jamaat-ud-Dawa as the “globally renowned Islamic charity”. JuD is internationally known, […]



Media Under Siege

Feb 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Threats to Journalists

On Monday’s Capital Talk, Hamid Mir reviewed a clip from the Difa-e-Pakistan Council’s rally in Karachi on Sunday. At issue was something that has become a troubling trend in Pakistan – threats to journalists. For those who do not understand Urdu, please allow me to explain. The clip that Hamid Mir played shows Qari Sheikh […]



Ansar Abbasi’s ‘Islamic Warriors’

Sep 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

According to Ansar Abbasi’s column in The News, recent accusations of American officials claiming that ISI has supported the Haqqani netork of militants is ‘a blessing in disguise’ because this has united the nation and given the opportunity to end all extremism and terrorism. Let’s set aside for a moment the ridiculous claim that somehow […]



Daily Jang Terms Ilyas Kashmiri ‘Patriot’

Jun 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Geo TV, Jang, The News

An article in Daily Jang provide an interesting look at how Jang Group characterises jihadis in Urdu publications. The articles describe the jihadi leader Ilyas Kashmiri who is believed to have been killed recently in a drone strike. You will please recall that a sympathetic piece was published in Daily Jang following the death of Osama bin […]



Ridding Ourselves Of Shireen Mazari's Mistakes

Oct 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

In an opinion column published in today’s The Nation, “Ridding ourselves of the US“, Shireen Mazari makes several incorrect claims about incidents and statistics in the war against militants. While Shireen Mazari is certainly entitled to her own opinion about the war, she is not entitled to her own facts. Shireen Mazari claims that drone […]



The Nation Publishes Taliban PR

Sep 10th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

We have been writing lately about evidence of media priorities and questions about whether some news organizations are providing PR for banned organizations and jihadi groups. We have so far shown some evidence that suggests that this is present in both English language and Urdu language media, but so far most of the evidence has […]



On Economy, The Nation Forgot To Read Its Own Report

Feb 17th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation today contains a stark contradiction. The editorial page includes the headline: “Economy not reviving.” The Nation‘s editorial desk then goes on to explain that the economy is not reviving because of  government policies and cooperation with USA in the fight against militants. Unfortunately, the editorial desk did not read their own newspaper which […]



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