Pakistani TV Anchors and Expert Analysts

There are three types of TV anchors and TV analysts.

1. Those anchors and analysts who talk only facts and truths. In this category you can count Mubashar Luqman (presently with ARY News), Hasan Nisar and Haroon Rasheed, both very influential and widely read columnists and analysts.

2. The anchors who are basically paid promoters of specified agendas and work for different political parties. There is quite number of anchors and analysts fall in this category.

3. The anchors who show they are neutral. So their technique is they see the wind direction. They go with the wind. Basically, they want people watch their show or program. They see if the popularity of PTI is on the rise they will praise PTI. A moment later they will also mention a couple of weak points of PTI with the comment that ‘I don’t agree with PTI’. And that point will be to please the other opponent party or show that he is neutral.

You watch out for these paid and self proclaimed experts. The anchors and analysts falling in the category 2 and 3 are they doing their job honestly? You make your own judgement.

There is nothing wrong to have an opinion on any political activity or agenda of a political party. This is the responsibility of the anchors or analysts to portray his position honestly. That is our policy at Pakistan Forum. We say what we honestly believe is right and true. And we encourage our readers to form their opinion.


Javed Hashmi’s Defeat

Makhdoom Javed HashmiJaved Hashmi is defeated in Multan NA-149 by-election is not a news. This was already foregone conclusion that he is going to lose this election. The news is he got votes more than expected. He has accepted his defeat. I don’t think he had any other option. He said he was sick so he could not spend much time requires for the election. Now he will go to China for his treatment. If he thinks this is the reason for his defeat then he should have gone to China for treatment before the election.

He spoke to media in the evening he did not seem with stable mental condition. His talk was not related to each other. For example, government can not be displaced with containers, decision should be at the ballot box and I am going to China for my treatment etc.

I think his time is over. He should take rest and take care of his followers as mukhdoom.

This by-election is a clear indicator the old regime is crumbling. People want change and they will move towards Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Threek. It is too late for Nawaz League and Zardari Party to change the minds of people.

There will still be people who will vote for Nawaz League or Zardari Party but that will be due to personal allegiance of voters to candidates and not because of the party itself.

Wind direction has changed for good.

Lies of Javed Hashmi

We are ashamed to say Javed Hashmi lies.

Javed Hashmi said Imran Khan told him Army and judiciary is with him particularly for this Azadi March. ISPR denied this accusation. Imran Khan has already dispensed a very strong rebuttal this evening in his speech while addressing audience of sit-in in Islamabad. Imran Khan stated in the summer of 2013 after election he said to his core committee members meeting that if by next summer (summer of 2014) this rigging issues are not resolved PTI will go on road. Further he said if Army and Judiciary were behind him then General Kiyani and Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudary both have retired so how they can pass on their support to their incumbents.

The question is, is it a new revelation to Javed Hashmi. If he did not like that why he did not leave PTI at that time when he learned about this. Actually, the story is different. Javed Hashmi had secret contacts with PMLN for some time. Khawaja Asif mentioned once in a TV program. There are some other stories also but we will leave that here for the time being.

People including media have created his image larger than life but the fact of the matter is he is no different than other politicians of Pakistan including his long time boss Nawaz Sharif. Basically, he is not a person of a stable temperament. Also, he has interpersonal problems. Starting from his political career, PTI was his fourth party. Chances are sooner or later he will go back to PMLN under the Nawaz Sharif. When he was in the college he was active member of Jamiat-e-Talba (student wing of Jamat-e-Islami). Jamiat was famous for violence. Then he was a minister in Zia ul Haq’s regime. Now he talk about anti dictatorship. Nawaz Sharif was chief minister of Punjab. Now he also claims he has fought for democracy.

When Nawaz Sharif came into power he was again a minister in his cabinet. He made money just like any other minister and his boss during that time. Today he talks about corruption.

What a pity? Few days back he was shouting slogans against Nawaz Sharif and today he was shown on TV screens in the parliament before leaving the house he went to see Nawaz Sharif with a smiling face and shacked with his old boss.

Earlier while he was member of PTI he said in the parliament Nawaz Sharif is his leader and will always be his leader. That was the opening session of the parliament after May 2013 election. Khawaja Asif of PMLN said it seems Javed Hashmi wants to come back to PMLN.

We don’t know Imran Khan asked Javed Hashmi about his statement or not but definitely Imran Khan tolerated him. It seems Imran Khan don’t have experience with these old timer felon characters. When Javed Hashmi left Imran Khan for Multan before the start of Azadi March from Lahore we indicated to Imran Khan, Javed Hashmi is a dead horse. He should not depend on him.

Nawaz Sharif Government Distributed Rs. 200 million Among Journalists.

A list of 20 journalists including TV anchors and reporters is going around on the Internet who received money Rs. 10 million each from Nawaz Sharif. Supposedly this money was distributed through IB (Intelligence Bureau) an intelligence organization direct under control of civilian government.

You can see the list of those journalists at this link.

Some of the anchors, or so called senior analysts tried to water down this issue by saying in previous governments envelops were also distributed. Well, if something was done wrong previously we should not justify to continue to do that.

TV anchors and commentators very loudly assert the accountability of generals or with very mild tone politicians but I think there should also be accountability of media and journalists. Or if they think it is ok to accept such money to promote any particular politician’s agenda then they should come out and say it loudly.

Any journalist who claims he has not taken any money he or she should conduct a press conference and say loudly he or she has not taken any money and this accusation is not correct. Unless they deny we will assume they have taken the money which we believe is a dishonesty.

We have no doubt Nawaz Sharif has showered this blessings. We understand he has used public money. He did that for his personal benefit. Using public money for his personal benefit is a crime. Therefore, he should come out in front of press and declare this distribution never happened or this was his personal money. So we know what is the truth. Nawaz Sharif’s lies have already been documented so we expect he will tell us the truth.

Why Police Brutally Attacked Protesters?

On TV news channels so called senior analysts were questioning why the government decided to attack these protesters who were peacefully moving towards their new sit-in place in front of prime minister house.

Good question. Alas, they should know the answer if they really understand what is going on.

We have to make this point clear that this brutal action was taken on the instructions of Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif and Chaudary Nisar.

First this miss-information was released that Islamabad and Punjab police has refused to use weapons (including batons, tear gas and live ammunition) without written orders. All indications are they had these instructions already with them. That was a lie to protestors and their leaders to feel comfortable to move.

Few days back when prime minister was visiting Army Chief General Raheel Sharif this news was released that Army has warned Nawaz Sharif not to use force against the protestors. Today brutal force was used so what Army did? Nothing. Or they going to do any thing when the police under orders of Nawaz Sharif already have killed unknown numbers of protestors and injured more than 500 (as of now) including women and children what Army can or will do. Don't expect anything. May be another press release of no value to people who lost their life.

Let us come to the point why the government used such brutal force to disperse rather kill the protestors.

The answer is very simple and easy.

Government has already seen these protestors were sitting there for the last 16 days without any incident of violence. Government knew if they moved to their new place in front of prime minister house they will also sit there peacefully and it would be impossible to remove them from there. Negotiation was just a stunt to gain time nothing else. The government thought the protestors are fed up (per Pervez Rashid, information minister) and they would leave their leaders alone. That did not happen. So they were afraid it will happen again and the protestors will stay there peacefully and government will not be able to take any action.

So Government decided to use force to disperse or kill them. What will happen today (August 31, 2014) we have to see. At one point a TV channel reported that Nawaz Sharif has ordered to kill Imran Khan and Dr. Tahirul Qadari if need be or at least arrest them.

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