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Serious repercussions

Mir Mohammad Ali

In these wonderfully free times of the reign of enlightened moderation the procedure to get an exclusive interview with the General-President has been radically streamlined. All a TV channel has to do is to either request the Islamabad police to send its commandos to wreck the studios while the information minister is there or ask the goon run coalition partner of the Sindh government and of course Musharraf’s favorite to send their democracy and liberalism loving goons to bring it under small arm fire for a few hours. And Hey Presto the exclusive interview is granted.

There is no guarantee that pearls of wisdom will be showered or solutions of world problems forwarded but one thing is certain the mindset of the interviewee is duly exposed.

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Silence is golden

Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur

Though a lot has been said and written about the General’s book promotion trip to the USA and many have justifiably vented their anger at the gross misuse of taxpayers’ money and of self-delegated authority, not much has been said about the media’s role in such visits. Along with the seventy-plus top heavy official delegation, cavorting and carousing in the US at our expense for three weeks, there was a big contingent of media persons. The official media persons certainly must have been enjoying themselves at our expense. It remains a mystery if non-official media persons representing various media groups too were fulfilling their responsibilities at our cost. It certainly would be interesting to know who footed the bill for whom. The total cost to the national exchequer will be partly known when questions are raised in the Assembly, but the damage done to the country’s already tarnished image will never be assessed because that is not quantifiable.

We usually get a lopsided picture of these visits because the official media obscures the real issues. Credit should be given to those journalists who stay committed to honest reporting in spite of various pressures. It is their unwavering commitment and comments that keep the media free of shackles and lend respect and credibility to it. Their reports present the true picture and we should be grateful to them.

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International experts support Baloch activist’s call for designating Musharraf as global terrorist

International experts have come out in support of Prof Naela Quadri Baloch, head of the World Baloch Women Forum (WBWF), who had urged the United States to designate former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf as Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT).

A German activist and supporter of the Baloch cause, Claudia Heidelberg, told she supported Prof. Quadri Baloch.

“I join Prof. Naela Quadri Baloch in requesting the US to designate Pervez Musharraf as a global terrorist, after coming out openly in media that he supports labeled terrorist organisations by UN Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD),” Heidelberg said.

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VIEW: Brahmdagh, a thorn in Malik’s side

Why is Mr Malik so obsessed with this young man? If Mr Malik has been trying to lure him to the negotiation table, why has he failed so far? Why would a ‘teenager’, as Mr Malik describes him, choose to seek the independence of Balochistan? Why would Malik use force to teach him a lesson?

by Khalid Hayat Jamaldini

Whenever the issue of Balochistan’s unrest is raised with neighbouring countries, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik would demand the handover of Brahmdagh Bugti. Mr Malik holds this young man in his 30s responsible for the insurgency in Balochistan. Malik blames Afghanistan for providing him shelter and India for issuing him an Indian passport. Pakistan warned in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, that it would hand over to the Indian government evidence that its agencies are backing Bugti. They vowed to do the same thing to Afghanistan, but we are yet to see this happen publicly.
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