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Tax defaulters in Pakistani media: E&C Division-V RTO, Karachi – by Farhad Jarral

LUBP presents a report by the Enforcement and Collection Division-V RTO, Karachi highlighting the ethical and moral position of our sacred cows in Pakistani media.

E&C DIVISION-V RTO, KARACHI – MEDIA CASES

Minimum Tax Liability / Shortfall – Position of Sales Tax Demand As on 04-05-2010

(Amount in Million Rs.)

S. No Name of Taxpayer Brand name(s) Demand Remarks
11(5) 11A Total
1. M/s ARY Communications (Pvt) Ltd. ARY One, ARY Digital, ARY Zoq 397.917 397.917 Installment granted to pay off reconciled amount @ Rs. 10 (m) per month
2. M/s Airwaves Media Network (Pvt.) Ltd. TV One, News One, Waseb TV 123.652 80.256 203.908 Commissioner (Appeal) disposed off appeal annulling order passed v/s 11(5). SCN issued afresh, to recover Rs.123.652(m). case fixed for 12.08.2010. taxpayer requested to adjust its pending refund claims of Income Tax of Rs.69 million ageist order v/s 11A. adjustment to be completed during the month of May after verifications.
3. M/s Television Media Network (Pvt.) Ltd. Express News, Express English, Express Estt. Express Music 97.446 97.446 O.P, filed before SHC, next data of hearing 07/05/2010.
4. M/s 24 Seven Media Network (Pvt.) Ltd. Play TV 0.900 3.378 4.779 Submitted reply and under reconciliation
5. M/s. Jang Broadcasting Systems (Pvt.) Ltd Samaa TV 13.852 13.852 Submitted reply and under reconciliation.
6. M/s. Independent Music (SMC-Pvt.) Ltd. Aag 23.408 71.545 94.951 Data analyzed, for notice of minimum tax liability a/w SCN v/s 36(1) for Rs. 107.051 (m) due to mis-match of ST/IT Data. Under transfer to LTU over the point of jurisdiction.
7. M/s Independent Media Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd. GEO TV/GEO News 1,680.000 1,680.000 CP pending before Honourable Sindh High Court, next date of hearing 06.05.2010.
8. M/s Dhoom TV Network Dhoom TV 4.174 4.174 Case remained un-complled, final opportunity accorded fixing next date of hearing
9. Indus Entertainment (Pvt.) Ltd. Indus TV 149.775 149.775 O.P, filed before SHC, next date of hearing 11.05.2010.
10. I.M.(pvt). Ltd MTV 70.262 70.262 O.P, filed before SHC, next date of hearing 11.05.2010
11. M/s. Gaaza Broadcast System (Pvt.) Ltd. G. Channel 14.962 14.962 Evasive compliance, final opportunity accorded fixing case for 12.05.2010
12. M/s. Eye Television Hum TV / Masala TV 5.797 5797 Taxpayer intimated that jurisdiction rests with LTU/K – under transfer

Summary

Demand u/s 11 & 11A 2,737.822
Sales Tax Demand u/s 36(1) 107.015
Default Surcharge to be calculated after reconciliation (Approx amount) 280.000
Penalty being 100% of Demand u/s 122(5A) – (Action AU-DIV) 938.607
Anticipated Income Tax Demand u/s 122(5A) – (Action AU-DIV) 24.492
Gross Revenue Impact (Including demands u/s 11 & 11A 4,088.136




A story Pakistani media won’t tell
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  • they are symbol of yellow journalism ,agents ,culprits of our society , monopolist of civil society , shame on u , aap apni addaoo pay khud ghoor karain
    hum arz karaingy tu shikayat hogy

  • ya log channels nahi chal rahy sham k akhbar chla rahay hain , bander k hath mai naryal agya .

  • irfa urfi :
    ya log channels nahi chal rahy sham k akhbar chla rahay hain , bander k hath mai naryal agya .

    Tahir A Khan Owner of NEWSONE/TV ONE – Amazing is this that he is being followed by Literate people belonging to middle class and that is very disturbing. What amazes me the most that Mr Zaid Hamid is/was invited on many channels and from start to end talks continuously [particularly on BrassTacks launched on TVONE/NEWSONE] without any moderation or any counter question from the host [most of the time Female – where is the veil???? from the Islam of whose Glory Mr Zaid want to revive]. In one of the Final Episode of that Program on NEWSONE a grand episode was telecast as a conclusion wherein several leading journalists [often appear on different TV Channels as “Expert”], 2 Retired Military Officers [often appear as “Defence Analyst”] and one leading Editor of an English Financial Daily who used to be a Host on the same TV Channel and Newscaster/”Financial Expert” of the same Channel participated and they were asking questions [rather putting words in the mouth of Mr Zaid Hamid] the same words/theories on which Mr Zaid Hamid is very fond of lecturing. All the guests most of time were sitting like “Summun, Bukmun, Umyun” [Deaf Dumb Blind] and listening to the Lecture of Born Again David Koresh or Rev. Jim Jones of Pakistan. Historian are often critiques and it is good to be a critique when you write a History. Zaid Hamid’s Faith [if he says that he is a Muslim then matter ends here until he openly announced otherwise and tell Muslim to follow him then he can be dealt according to Law and should not be touched by anybody except Law] but when he start sermoning Pakistani Public on TV Channels with Wild Stories while completely and conveniently forgetting Follies Committed by our Military Establishment [played havoc like Hulegu Khan and Golden Horde in every sphere of Pakistan] then he must be questioned on ground realities. There is a very thin line between Zaid Hamid’s Methodology and Fascism. Zaid Hamid, Saints, Knowledge of Unseen & Ghazwa-e-Hind. http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2010/03/zaid-hamid-saints-knowledge-of-unseen.html

  • Who will Bell the Bad, Fat Cats? Shaheen Sehbai January 5, 2000
    http://www.chowk.com/articles/4687

    This article has been submitted for publication to all major newspapers in Pakistan
    Every one in the present morally, intellectually and financially depleted Pakistan — the print media and its well-entrenched “gurus” among the foremost — is shouting from the roof top for accountability of every one else. Yet no one has seriously demanded, nor does any one appear to be contemplating, any accountability of the media itself.

    Accountability of the media should, under ordinary circumstances, be conducted by peers of the profession in terms of its moral, professional and intellectual integrity. But in the lopsided Pakistani context, financial accountability of journalists, columnists, newspaper owners, publishers and editors also needs to be promptly and urgently undertaken and that would require intervention of the State investigative apparatus.

    Accountability to determine integrity should not just include professional and financial conduct of journalists but it should also try to understand the reasons why objective journalism and traditional professional journalists are fast becoming an extinct breed and almost all opinion writing, analysis and interpretation work has been taken over by “lateral entrants” — people who had no journalistic training, who never went through the mill, who acquired writing skills doing something else and when they failed in their professions, took refuge in journalism.

    These “lateral entrants” mostly comprise ambitious generals, politicians, bureaucrats, technocrats and opportunists, all masquerading as journalists, opinion makers and columnists of the highest order. Most of them have no reporting or editing skills and some appear to even have been planted by vested interests. It is common knowledge in Islamabad that at least two well known editors of the now-defunct Daily ‘Muslim’ were nominees of the military establishment, including one who became an ambassador and another who graduated to be a federal minister.

    That most of them had, and still have, political ambitions and hidden agendas has never been concealed by them, as their current or past conduct would show. Many of them have virtually “used” journalism as a stepping stone to achieve their political and/or financial goals. Names in this category are numerous and if these big names are removed from the present spectrum of editors, leading op-ed writers, columnists, commentators and leader writers, newspapers would appear to be barren.

    The purpose of this piece is not to condemn any one for his or her views and opinion nor does this piece encompass all the problems that journalism faces in Pakistan, specially the ills created by yellow journalism and a “free-for-all” attitude to Press freedoms. Yet one specific purpose is to pin point those who have been continuously “using” or “abusing” journalism for their own ends.

    Some of these leading lights of present-day journalism in Pakistan are so brazen and unabashed in their pursuit of profit, politics or power, that they seem to have lost their sense and powers of judgement. They exercise their biased judgements only if their own political interests are served. They never measure their own conduct by the yardstick with which they measure everybody else in their writings.

    Since all accountability processes began in the country from the cut off date of mid 80s, looking at the media scene in these 15 years brings up a horde of opportunists and power-grabbers, who have been rampaging the newspapers and their columns in one form or the other.

    The best way to start such a process would be for the leading stars of the profession to present their own assets and liabilities to the public, like the Chief Executive and other services chiefs have done. One or two journalists have done that already but generally there is deafening silence. That would set the stage for authorities to go into their financial conduct. Newspaper owners and their families, some very high profile editors and some upstarts who overnight became millionaires after they turned editors and publishers, would have to answer a lot of messy questions.

    The integrity check should simultaneously be launched by the peers of the profession at whatever forum they think would be appropriate. Perhaps this first hurdle may be the only big hurdle and may never be crossed.

    The peers, naturally those who come out unscathed and “clean”, should sit down to formulate lists of those who have been publicly demonstrating a lack of intellectual, moral and professional integrity. Big names like Minhaj Barna, Mushahid Hussain, Maleeha Lodhi, Wajid Shamsul Hassan, Nazir Naji, Ataul Haq Qasmi, Ayaz Amir, Hussain Haqqani, Irshad Ahmed Haqqani, Najam Sethi, Nasim Zehra, Jamiluddin Aali and many others who sought or accepted political, diplomatic or government jobs, or joined political parties as activists, should be asked to explain why they did not quit journalism to do so and why they continued to use the profession to get, keep or regain lucrative jobs or positions of power. How do they retain, or claim to retain, their objectivity and credibility, once they have demonstrated their political ambitions. In the least they should have apologised to the profession.

    Some of them have been going in and out of journalism so frequently as if the profession was a revolving door only to be used when they needed a push to restore their lost position of political, economic or administrative influence and power.

    Some others, like the once-revered Minhaj Barna, who led the trade union movement of journalists and whose “Barna Group” of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists still exists, accepted so petty, temporary and at times demeaning jobs that the entire profession could only hang its head in shame. Scenes when stalwarts of the profession like him were seen waiting outside offices of petty bureaucrats in Islamabad’s corridors of power, to get an extension of their foreign assignment were, to say the least, despicable, bringing no merit to Pakistani journalism.

    I would never forget a supposedly well known name in today’s op-ed pages who, in order to “please” a lady ambassador in Washington, turned himself into her private photographer and started taking her pictures with all those present at a grand farewell dinner thrown at her official residence. For three hours this newspaper columnist behaved like a personal privately hired professional. He even carried his “act of sycophancy” to the next day at the airport where people went to see her off, clicking rolls and rolls of pictures with the ambassador sitting, standing, waving and smiling at every Tom, Dick, Harry and Larry. Even junior embassy staffers started making jokes about this senior journalist and his “buttering skills”. To his ultimate disgrace, he was never obliged by the slick ambassador, despite his publicly self-demeaning conduct. But later these very skills worked well with the successor political government and he landed a cushy government job in Islamabad. The moment the government was ousted, his columns started attacking his previous employers. Still he retains his claim to be an “impartial and objective” analyst and writer and does not include himself in the long list of trapeze artists that crowd the media circus in Pakistan.

    Pakistan’s so-called free press is on the verge of becoming, or has already become, a beggar’s market where cheap and shoddy journalism is sold to the highest bidder — whether political or military — and thus the sellers get unprecedented access to power corridors. Many in Pakistan’s print and news media seem to have forgotten their responsibilities as guardians of the truth. It has therefore to be decided: whether these political aspirants, masquerading as journalists, deserve to be given the status of “objective commentators”; whether what they dish out every day as “informed opinion” or “dispassionate analysis” should be presented to the readers as material worthy of credit; and whether the value of transparency is not irreparably compromised.

    Financial accountability of journalists has to take place parallel to what the peers may decide to do and for that the government sleuths have to determine how small-time reporters turned overnight into millionaires, newspapers owners and big-time real estate tycoons.

    Tax accountability will demonstrate the fraud Pakistani journalism has evolved into. Tax collectors should go into the records of “overnight millionaire journalists” to determine whether, for example, the life style of some of the big names match what they have been paying into the exchequer, whether the properties they have built in short spans of time match the incomes, or losses, of their otherwise unprofitable newspaper organisations.

    Cases of open and blatant government cash handouts to favourite journalists, newspapers and news agencies are no secret in Islamabad and Lahore. A deceased news agency owner, a small time reporter not long ago, was awarded two costly plots of land in Lahore to set up his news agency by the first Nawaz Sharif administration. The agency still claims to be “independent” but always dishes out planted stories that suit the rulers of the day. Open and blatant black mailing tactics by some vernacular newspapers were hated by every political government and party but no one ever tried to curb their activities, fearing an exposure. Only an honest and strong government could tackle these profiteering rags.

    While the peers of the profession and the state probers look into the conduct of the mediamen, the editors and publishers should also carry out a simultaneous process of introspection to determine how other outsiders — opportunists and ambition-hunters — have used the print media for achieving political goals that would otherwise not be achievable.

    This category would include a long list of uniformed generals, air marshals and admirals, retired bureaucrats and technocrats, many of whom were shunted out in disgrace — sinners of the past, who would just not quit, and continue to impose themselves on the nation in one form or the other. Politicians have also been trying frequently to use the media to stage a come back when they lost the game on their own wicket.

    The spearheads of this list would be stalwarts like Altaf Gauhar from the bureaucracy and Lt. Gen. K.M. Arif from the khakis. But in politics, not only Benazir Bhutto has been trying to regularly push her case of innocence through op-ed pieces, even her famous one-time house-maid Naheed Khan got at least a couple of articles published in obliging newspapers to include her name in the list of those who could be seen brandishing the media sword. That was like adding salt to the injury.

    I vividly recall my first encounter with Lt. General (Retd) K.M. Arif in Washington D.C. when I saw him at the Carnegie Institute, while he was here with the then opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, US columnist Mansoor Ijaz and Editor Najam Sethi to speak at a conference on nuclear proliferation in South Asia. I had always carried one question for the general which I had wished I could ask him. That day I did. We were standing in a small group of some five or six people including the then Assistant Secretary of State Robin Raphael and the then ambassador Maleeha Lodhi during the tea break, when I asked: “Have you, General, ever thought of apologising to the people of Pakistan for the years and years of rape of democracy and institutions that you committed in collusion with military dictator General Zia ul Haq, virtually as his No 2.”

    The General was thunder struck. Face distorted, he tried to compose himself for a few anxious seconds and then said he would like to take a cup of coffee and moved away from the group. That general is one of the most outspoken authority on democracy and foreign affairs in our newspapers today and has just been named as a member of the think tank on foreign affairs by General Musharraf. His appointment can best be described as the most apt example of insulting the collective intelligence of the people. If he is not punished for what he did to democracy, he should at least have been banished from giving sermons on democracy and good governance in newspaper columns.

    The list of foreign and home-based technocrats and experts on economy, sciences and geo-strategic subjects, who pushed their resumes through newspaper columns, would also not be a small one. Some may have achieved their objectives. What they did could probably not be called objectionable, but if they did so in collusion with newspaper editors and owners who now expect to be rewarded because the aspirant expert has assumed political power, it would be patently unethical and against professional integrity.

    While carrying out this exercise of accountability by the peers and by the state apparatus, it should not be forgotten that journalism has always been proud of many who have remained spotless, intellectually and financially, despite the most adverse of conditions in their professional and personal lives. They would definitely emerge as the “clean peers” that we desperately need for self-cleansing.

    Among those the profession has to remain forever thankful, are late Mazhar Ali Khan, A.T.Choudhri, Khwaja Asif, Nisar Osmani, Razia Bhatti and Maulana Salahuddin besides living legends like Ahmed Ali Khan and Zamir Niazi. Some very respectable names like Aziz Siddiqi, I.A. Rehman, S.G.M. Badruddin, A.B.S. Jafri, Salim Asmi, H.K. Burki, Munno Bhai, Hussain Naqi, and the present younger lot of many hard core professionals who have turned down all inducements and bribes, plots and privileges to remain honest and upright journalists, also need recognition.

    These leading lights should do something to clean up journalism or what is left of it as a growing cesspool.

  • irfa urfi :
    they are symbol of yellow journalism ,agents ,culprits of our society , monopolist of civil society , shame on u , aap apni addaoo pay khud ghoor karain
    hum arz karaingy tu shikayat hogy

    Mr. Shaheen Sehbai, Group Editor, The News International – Jang Group of Newspapers is very fond of quoting Foreign Press particularly when Foreign Press [Pro Zionist] is negative on President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and PPP. Shaheen Sehbai while quoting The New York Times: “The problems in Afghanistan have only been compounded by the fragility of Mr. Obama’s partner in Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari, who is so weak that his government seems near collapse.” The Washington Post in a report by two correspondents said: “Zardari’s political weakness is an additional hazard for a new bilateral relationship…The administration expects Zardari’s position to continue to weaken, leaving him as a largely ceremonial president even if he manages to survive in office.” REFERENCE: Obama administration fears Zardari collapse WASHINGTON (Shaheen Sehbai)Updated at: 1525 PST, Monday, November 30, 2009 Obama administration fears Zardari collapse Updated at: 1525 PST, Monday,November 30, 2009

    Should we believe Mr Shaheen Sehbai or his Editor in Chief Mir Shakil ur Rahman’s Letter Addressed to Mr Shaheen Sehbai asking for his resign on filing Concocted Stories in The News International

    “QUOTE”

    SHAHEEN SEHBAI RESIGNS AS EDITOR OF `THE NEWS`

    Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2002 07:42:48 -0500

    Dear Colleagues and Friends:

    It is with great sorrow that I have to convey this bad news to you all today. I have resigned today as the Editor.

    I am enclosing enclosing the correspondence with MSR which is self explanatory. I wish to thank you all for all the cooperation and respect that you extended to me during these 14 months as Editor. I will be available to each one of you as a friend at all times. Wishing you the best of luck and a great future. Shaheen Sehbai

    Pl read on:

    Memorandum

    To: Mir Shakil ur Rehman, Editor-in-Chief, The News
    From: Shaheen Sehbai, Editor, The News
    Date: March 1, 2002
    Subject: Reply to Memo dated Feb 28, 2002

    With reference to your Memo dated Feb 28, I have been accused of policy violations starting from March 2001 until the publication on Feb 17 this year of the Kamran Khan story on Daniel Pearl case. I can obviously understand that these so-called �policy violations?are nothing but an excuse to comply with the Government demand to sack me, and three other senior journalists, as you told me in our meeting in your office on Feb 22. I feel sorry that you have to make such excuses. You could have given one hint that you wanted me to go and I would have quit immediately.

    I understand that you, as owner of the Jang Group of Newspapers have been so intensely pressurized in the last about two weeks that you are no longer ready, or able, to withstand it. All government advertising of the Group has been unjustifiably suspended by the Government starting Monday, February 18, 2002, following the investigative story done in The News by our reporter, Kamran Khan. This story, as it appears now, was just an excuse to twist the neck of the Group because the same story appeared simultaneously in the Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune and not one point contained in it was denied or clarified by the Government. Instead they tightened the screw on the Jang Group, as it appeared to be the most vulnerable and within their reach. This has a very obvious, and sinister message, for the free Press in Pakistan: Get in line, or be ready for the stick.?I feel sorry that you have decided to get in line, but I cannot be a party to this decision.

    You had informed me officially at a meeting in your office on Feb 22, 2002, at 10.15 p.m. that you have been given names of four journalists of The News? myself, Kamran Khan, Amir Mateen and a staffer in our Islamabad Bureau (probably Rauf Klasra as you did not name the 4th person), to be immediately sacked before the government advertisements could be restored. You also informed me that officials of the Information Ministry wanted me to improve my PR with them as they had been complaining that I was not available to them, which is basically not true. You told me to directly contact these officials and talk to them about restoring the advertisements of the Group. Mr Mahmud Sham, who later joined our meeting, had informed us that the Secretary Information had clearly stated that matters were beyond his capacity to resolve and that we have now to meet the ISI high ups.

    As a matter of principle I refused to call, or meet, any of these government officials in a situation when the entire Group was being held hostage with a gun pointed at its head. I, however, conveyed to the Government, through Mr Sham, all the evidence that the policy of The News?was very balanced, in fact tilted, in favour of General Pervez Musharraf’s government, not under any government pressure, but because some of the things he was doing were right and The News never hesitated to support any right step taken by the Government. At least 50 editorials and over 100 Op-Ed articles published in about 6 weeks were cited to show that The News had no bias against the government. Proof was also provided of how �The News? at times, went out of its way to accommodate government requests.

    Apparently these argument have not satisfied the government and the pressure is continuing on you, as your Memo indicates. Whatever other issues you have raised are childish and frivolous and I would not waste my time discussing them. But one message that emerges is very clear — I ran the newspaper as a very independent Editor, according to whatever I thought was objective, true and professionally sound journalism. I made the best use of the latest available computer technology to create a working environment in which the entire editorial staff was integrated in such a network that almost everyone was available to each other at all times. I interacted with all my staff on a personal, round the clock basis, no matter where I was located or traveling, even outside Pakistan. So the charge that I was not available to my staff is laughable as it shows how far removed you are from the ground situation.

    Your complaint of lack of general improvement in The News?is also obviously an excuse to build some case against me under Government pressure. You never once complained of that before. In fact the ground reality is just the opposite. I successfully built a great team of reporters, editors and writers during the 14 months I have been the Editor. We achieved a lot in breaking major stories, including assumption of the office of the President by General Musharraf and corruption in various government departments including Social Action Programme (SAP) and Employees Old-age Benefit Institution (EOBI). The overwhelming impression that any newspaper of the Jang Group could not publish anything against its advertisers and commercial sponsors was removed by the investigative stories we did on PIA and other corporate organizations. The News became the most quoted newspaper abroad, not only for its stories but its editorial comments and opinions. The latest such quote was in the prestigious New York Times just three days ago. The Washington Post interviewed me last week as Editor of The News.

    The real reasons for failure to bring about a real visible change in Karachi are known to you. For over a year now you have been sitting on all the plans, proposals and schemes, including a Vision Document prepared after months of hard work. The scheme to revamp all the magazines has been lying on your table for months. The designs and site plans to renovate the entire newspaper office on 4th and 5th floors has been gaining dust for months and the staff is forced to work with hundreds of cockroaches creeping on papers, computers, inside telephone sets and faxmachines. In fact I have been bogged down in these totally useless exercises for most of my time, hoping that you would find time and money to start implementing any of these detailed proposals for change and improvement. You have always been promising to launch these scheme within weeks, but that time never came. I am appalled at your audacity to accuse me of being responsible for not bringing any change while the fact is that you have always been complaining of the financial crunch?in the newspaper. You have stopped increments of all the staff and played legal jugglery with all the contract employees by refusing to renew their contracts or giving them salary increases.

    Even despite that I continued to work 20 hours a day to improve the editorial content of the newspaper which has been appreciated and recognized by every one, including your senior Directors and Editors of sister publications in letters written to me. The readers, however, are the best judge.

    Why you never raised any objection before, and why you are doing it now, is obvious — the Government pressure is unbearable. This is not a happy omen.

    Therefore, I have to convey this sad message to you, though I feel very content and satisfied that I have taken the right decision on the basis of principles. I have decided to resign from the Editorship of The News with immediate effect, rather than to submit to Government pressure and change the policy of the newspaper. Under my editorship, I will not allow the newspaper to become the voice of any government for monetary considerations. I had given my name, credibility and reputation to The News?and I prefer to protect these precious assets, rather than my job. But I will earnestly request you not to take any action against the other colleagues you have been asked to sack, as the ultimate responsibility of whatever appeared in the newspaper was mine, as Editor, and not theirs. They should be allowed to continue with their jobs. I wish, you, the newspaper and all of my colleagues a great future.

    I hereby, resign from the editorship. Please accept my resignation today and remove my name from the print line of the newspaper as of tomorrow, Saturday, March 2, 2002. I would not be responsible for the contents of the newspaper as of tomorrow.

    Best Regards

    Shaheen Sehbai

    Memorandum

    To: Shaheen Sehbai, Editor, The News
    From: MSR, Editor-in-Chief
    Date: 2/28/02
    Re: Violation of policy

    I am constrained to bring to your notice several, and repeated, violation of editorial policies clearly understood between us. Infact, these policies have also been agreed in writing. On 26th March, 2001, you had published a one sided, incorrect and libelous article against Mr. Aittiazaz Bob Din, a well known businessman residing in the United States. Although Mr. Bob Din had cited person differences between the two of you, dating back to your stay in the United States, as the motive behind the unfounded allegations against him, I had disregarded this suggestion at that time and had judged the matter purely on merit. As you will recall, you were unable to substantiate the serious charges you had leveled against him. It was only through my personal apologies and the intervention of mutual acquaintances that we were able to dissuade Mr. Din from suing the News for defamation and libel.

    On two different occasions, you published unfavourable articles about PIA, which were of uncertain veracity and did not contain their point of view, as a result of which they denounced these articles in a press conference, threatened to take legal action, suspended our advertisements and also stopped putting our papers on PIA flights. Needless to say, these measures hurt us financially, damaged our reputation and took a great deal of pacification to undo.

    I would also refer to the written terms of our agreement at the time of your appointment under which you are required to discuss the top stories of the day and other important editorial matters with me and seek the Editor-in-chiefs point of view and verdict on contentious issues? To my recollection, you have never deemed it fit to consult me on any matter. In this connection, I would further like to refer to our meeting on the eve of Eid in which group Editor Daily Jang was also present and we discussed the fallout of the story printed a few days earlier in the News ( again without consulting me, I might add ) which was perceived to be damaging to our national interest and elicited severe reaction by the Government. It had been agreed that we would contact relevant Government functionaries and arrange to meet with them to discuss the issue and also convey our point of view. Regrettably, you chose not to go to Islamabad and attend the meeting even though this had been clearly agreed. You even rebuffed senior Government officials who contacted you on the phone by hanging up on them. Sham Sahib and I left several messages with your assistant but again, you chose not to take or return our calls.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to point out again, that it is a frequent complaint that you do not interact with people. Not only have senior Government officials protested that you are inaccessible to them, but even your own staff complains that you are hardly available for meetings, guidance and discussions.

    I must convey my disappointment to you at all these issues, as I must convey my disappointment with the lack of general progress in the improvement of the News. The number of mistakes and blunders being committed, failure to follow agreed journalistic ethics – as pointed out to you from time to time by EMD have all resulted in financial set backs as well as loss of credibility for the News. I have only recounted some of the problems besetting the Jang group. It is quite evident that matters are not proceeding as we had agreed. However, before I make up my mind, I would like to hear your point of view.

    I look forward to hearing from you about the serious issues that I have raised above and any solutions that you may propose.

    Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman
    “UNQUOTE”

    Credibility of Shaheen Sehbai, Mir Shakil ur Rahman and Jang Group of Newspapers. http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/11/credibility-of-shaheen-sehbai-mir.html

  • ’بارہ نجی چینلز ٹیکس ڈیفالٹر ہیں‘
    آخری وقت اشاعت: جمعـء 14 مئ 2010 , 14:28 GMT 19:28 PST
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/05/100514_channels_tax_defaulters.shtml

    پاکستان کے وزیر محنت و افرادی قوت سید خورشید احمد شاہ نےقومی اسمبلی کو بتایا ہے کہ ٹیکس نادہندگان میں بارہ نجی ٹی وی چینلز بھی شامل ہیں اور ان کی طرف حکومت کے تقریباً پونے تین ارب روپے کے ٹیکس بقایاجات ہیں۔

    جمعہ کو حکومت اور حزب مخالف کے بعض اراکین کے توجہ دلاؤ نوٹس کا جواب دیتے ہوئے انہوں نے بتایا کہ اِن ٹی وی چینلز نے یہ رقم اشتہارات کے مد میں حاصل تو کی ہے لیکن حکومت کو ادا نہیں کر رہے۔

    خورشید شاہ کے مطابق ٹیکس نادہندگان میں سرِفہرست جیو ٹی وی ہے جس کے ذمے ایک ارب ارسٹھ کروڑ روپے ہیں۔

    جیو ایک ارب اڑسٹھ کروڑ، اے آر وائی ون انتالیس کروڑ ستر لاکھ روپے، ٹی وی ون آٹھ کروڑ، پلے ٹی وی دو کروڑ، سماء ٹی وی ایک کروڑ اڑتیس لاکھ، ہم ٹی وی ستاون لاکھ، انڈس ٹی وی سولہ کروڑ جبکہ ایم ٹی وی ساٹھ کروڑ روپے کا ڈیفالٹر ہے۔
    انہوں نے بتایا کہ اس کے علاوہ اے آر وائی ون انتالیس کروڑ ستر لاکھ روپے، ٹی وی ون آٹھ کروڑ، پلے ٹی وی دو کروڑ، سماء ٹی وی ایک کروڑ اڑتیس لاکھ، ہم ٹی وی ستاون لاکھ، انڈس ٹی وی سولہ کروڑ جبکہ ایم ٹی وی ساٹھ کروڑ روپے کا ڈیفالٹر ہے۔

    اسلام آباد میں بی بی سی کے نامہ نگار اعجاز مہر کا کہنا ہے کہ توجہ دلاؤ نوٹس کے ذریعے پوچھا گیا تھا کہ ایک کروڑ یا اس سے زیادہ رقم کے ٹیکس نادہندگاں کی فہرست میں کون کون شامل ہیں اور ان کے نام ایوان میں پیش کریں لیکن ایوان میں مالیات کے وزیر کی جگہ جواب دیتے ہوئے سید خورشید شاہ نے صرف میڈیا گروپس کے نام پیش کیے اور بتایا کہ کسٹم ڈیوٹی کے مد میں تراسی افراد/ کمپنیوں کے ذمے چالیس کروڑ روپے کے ٹیکس بقایاجات ہیں۔

    آئے روز ٹی وی چینلز پر حساب مانگا جاتا ہے اور آج پتہ چلا ہے کہ میڈیا خود ڈیفالٹر ہے۔ آئندہ ہم ان سے سوال کریں گے کہ پہلے خود ٹیکس دو پھر ہم سے پوچھیں۔
    شیخ وقاص اکرم
    مسلم لیگ (ق) کے رکن ریاض فتیانہ نے کہا کہ سیاستدان تو اگر آبیانہ یا کسی گیسٹ ہاؤس کے چارجز ادا نہ کرے تو وہ انتخاب نہیں لڑ سکتا لیکن اتنے بڑے ڈیفالٹرز کے خلاف کارروائی کیوں نہیں ہوتی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ٹیکس نادہندہ کوئی بھی ہو حکومت ان سے ٹیکس وصول کرے ۔ ان کے مطابق اگر پاکستان میں بڑے بڑے مگر مچھ ایمانداری سے ٹیکس ادا کریں تو ملک کو کشکول لے کر پھرنے اور قرضوں کی ضرورت نہیں پڑے گی۔

    شیخ وقاص اکرم کا کہنا تھا کہ آئے روز ٹی وی چینلز پر حساب مانگا جاتا ہے اور آج پتہ چلا ہے کہ میڈیا خود ڈیفالٹر ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا ’آئندہ ہم ان سے سوال کریں گے کہ پہلے خود ٹیکس دو پھر ہم سے پوچھیں‘۔

    جس پر سید خورشید شاہ نے کہا کہ انیس سو ستتر سے لے کر آج تک بینکوں سے قرض معاف کرانے اور ٹیکس چوری کرنے والے سیاستدانوں، میڈیا گروپس، کاروباریوں اور دیگر کی فہرست آئندہ اجلاس میں ایوان میں پیش کریں گے۔

    شیخ وقاص اکرم، ریاض فتیانہ اور عبدالقادر خانزادہ نے کہا کہ سیاستدانوں کا بھی بتائیں کہ کون کتنا ٹیکس دیتا ہے؟۔ جس پر سید خورشید شاہ نے کہا کہ وہ یہ تفصیلات بھی آئندہ ایوان میں پیش کریں گے۔

  • Senseless, Cruel and Third Rate Pakistani Media plays with the life of Innocent: Former president of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists Mazhar Abbas said that on the whole media’s role in the entire episode left a lot to be desired.
    “We go by the official version and don’t even use words like ‘alleged’. We (the media) must be very careful when an allegation is being levelled against someone,” said Mr Abbas.
    He said that the electronic media totally ignored these guidelines and did not even express regret if someone had been cleared by court or law-enforcers through an inquiry.
    “Throughout his ordeal, Faiz remained quite confident but we were devastated. We spent sleepless nights since Sunday when it all began,” his family members said. ‘Therapy shoes’ passenger mulls action against ASF By S. Raza Hassan Saturday, 15 May, 2010 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/local/therapy-shoes-passenger-mulls-action-against-asf-550

  • President Asif Zardari should just give a green signal to FBR, FBR knows how to deal with tax-evaders no matter who they are.

  • Stern action should be taken against those who avoid giving taxes. These people should be invigilate by Federal agents of the Revenue Board. 😉

  • its sad these media channels talk about corruption and all, they are the biggest corrupted organizations themselves—keep them all in detention until they pay their taxes!

  • […] all their complaining about corruption, the media is not so innocent itself. The blog Let Us Build Pakistan published a report on tax defaulters from the media recently, why this did not get so much attention, I wonder? What other bodies are buried in the […]

  • Yes the details of taxes are confirmed except that Independent Media Corporation paid Rs. 753(M) on 30.06.2011 in response to ammunity scheme and further that all the cases were processed by me.

  • ذرائع ابلاغ کی ساکھ

    اعجاز مہر
    بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، اسلام آباد

    صدر آصف زرداری نے صحافیوں کو سیاسی اداکار کہا تھا

    ججوں کی بحالی کا نوٹیفکیشن واپس لینے کے متعلق غیر مصدقہ خبر کی وجہ سے جو پاکستان میں شور مچا اور جس طرح عوام پریشان رہے، ججوں کی نیندیں حرام ہوئیں اور سیاسی حلقوں میں کھلبلی مچی اس نے ذرائع ابلاغ کی ساکھ کو بے حد دھچکہ پہنچایا ہے۔

    یہ ایک عام تاثر بن گیا ہے کہ پاکستان میں میڈیا ایک بے لگام گھوڑے کی طرح ہے جو جب چاہے جہاں چاہے جیسے چاہے اور جسے چاہے روند ڈالے۔

    میں گزشتہ دنوں سندھ میں سیلاب کی کوریج کے سلسلے میں لاڑکانہ پہنچا تو وہاں بتایا گیا کہ موئنجودڑو کے قریب بکریاں چرانے والے چند چرواہوں کو ایک اردو ٹی وی چینل کی ٹیم نے کہا کہ وہ دریا کے پانی میں اتریں اور چیخیں چلائیں کہ بچاؤ بچاؤ اور وہ ان کا فوٹیج بناتے رہے۔

    چھ جولائی سنہ دو ہزار آٹھ کو جب آبپارہ پولیس سٹیشن کے سامنے خود کش دھماکہ ہوا تو ایک خون میں لت پت پولیس اہلکار کو ایمبولینس میں ڈالا گیا۔ عین اس وقت ایک بڑے ٹی وی چینل کے کیمرہ مین پہنچے اور انہوں نے ریسکیو ورکرز سے کہا کہ ایمبولینس کا دروازہ کھولیں سٹریچر کو پیچھے کھینچیں تاکہ وہ فوٹیج بنا سکیں۔ میں نے ان صاحب سے کہا کہ اگر اس دوران یہ شخص ہلاک ہو جائے تو انہوں نے کہا کہ ’اتنی دیر میں نہیں مرتا، جائیں اپنا کام کریں اور ہمیں اپنا کام کرنے دیں۔‘

    دنیا بھر میں اصول ہے کہ جہاں بھی کوئی وقوعہ ہوتا ہے تو پولیس شہادتیں اکٹھی کرنے کی غرض سے متعلقہ علاقے کے گرد پلاسٹک کی پٹی لگاتی ہے اور ماسوائے متعلقہ حکام کے کسی کو اس کے اندر جانے کی اجازت نہیں ہوتی۔ لیکن ہمارے ہاں سب سے پہلے خلاف ورزی ہم صحافی/ کیمرہ مین کرتے ہیں۔ ایسا ہی واقعہ میریٹ ہوٹل میں بم دھماکے کے وقت پیش آیا جب پولیس اہلکاروں نے صحافیوں کو روکا تو جھگڑا ہوگیا اور ہمارے دوستوں نے اظہار رائے کی آزادی پر قدغن کا معاملہ بنا لیا۔
    دنیا بھر میں اصول ہے کہ جہاں بھی کوئی وقوعہ ہوتا ہے تو پولیس شہادتیں اکٹھی کرنے کی غرض سے متعلقہ علاقے کے گرد پلاسٹک کی پٹی لگاتی ہے اور ماسوائے متعلقہ حکام کے کسی کو اس کے اندر جانے کی اجازت نہیں ہوتی۔ لیکن ہمارے ہاں سب سے پہلے خلاف ورزی ہم صحافی/ کیمرہ مین کرتے ہیں۔ ایسا ہی واقعہ میریٹ ہوٹل میں بم دھماکے کے وقت پیش آیا جب پولیس اہلکاروں نے صحافیوں کو روکا تو جھگڑا ہوگیا اور ہمارے دوستوں نے اظہار رائے کی آزادی پر قدغن کا معاملہ بنا لیا۔

    بالکل اِسی طرح سنہ دو ہزار آٹھ کے انتخابات کے بعد جب حکومت سازی کے لیے میل ملاقاتیں چل رہی تھیں تو زرداری ہاؤس اسلام آباد سے جب مخدوم امین فہیم آصف علی زرداری سے مل کر نکلے تو میڈیا والوں نے ان کی گاڑی کو روکنا چاہا لیکن وہ چلے گئے۔ ایک بڑے ٹی وی چینل کے سینیئر صحافی نے وہاں سے براہ راست اپنا ‘بیپر’ دیا کہ ’ہمیں زرداری ہاؤس کے ذرائع نے بتایا ہے کہ مخدوم امین فہیم کا معاملہ طے نہیں ہوسکا اور وہ غصے میں واپس چلے گئے اور کھانا بھی نہیں کھایا۔‘

    دیکھتے ہی دیکھتے وہاں موجود تمام ٹی وی چینلز کے نمائندوں نے بھی وہی بات رپورٹ کرنا شروع کر دی۔ چند منٹ کے اندر مخدوم امین فہیم نے اس بڑے ٹی وی چینل کو فون کیا اور کہا کہ ’آپ بہت غلط رپورٹ چلا رہے ہیں۔ میری آصف علی زرداری سے اچھے ماحول میں بات ہوئی اور کھانا کھانے کے بعد ہی میں وہاں سے نکلا ہوں اور کوئی اختلاف نہیں ہیں۔

    میں نے یہ خبر دینے والے سینیئر صحافی سے پوچھا کہ آپ تو ہمارے ساتھ کھڑے ہیں زرداری ہاؤس کے کسی ملازم سے آپ کی بات ہوئی اور نہ کوئی فون آیا، آپ نے یہ خبر کیسے نشر کروا دی۔ وہ ہنسے اور کہا کہ ’ان کے ساتھ ایسا ہی کرنا پڑتا ہے۔ دیکھا کیسے مخدوم صاحب نے خود فون کرکے اصل صورتحال بتائی۔ ہم اُسے فون کر رہے تھے تو ان کا نمبر ہی بند تھا۔ یہی طریقہ ہے اس طرح کے لوگوں کو ٹھیک کرنے کا۔‘

    یہ نہیں کہ بی بی سی اور اس جیسے بڑے بین الاقوامی ادارے اس سے مستثنیٰ ہیں۔ تمام تر ’ایڈیٹوریل چیکس‘ کے باوجود ان سے یعنی ہم سے بھی غلطیاں ہوتی ہیں۔ پاکستان میں چینلز پر لگاتار چلنے والے ٹکرز اور صحافی حلقوں میں ہونے والی گفتگو کبھی کبھی ایسا ماحول پیدا کر دیتی ہے کہ سچی خبر نکالنے کے لیے جو بنیادی شرائط کتابوں میں پڑھی ہیں وہ نظر انداز ہو جاتی ہیں اور وہ ہی غلطی ہو جاتی جس کے خلاف آواز اٹھاتے ہیں۔

    کسی بھی خبر کی سچائی جاننے کے لیے اس کی ’سورس‘ یا منبع تک پہچنا چاہیئے، اس سے بات کرنا چاہیئے اور اگر بہت مشکل نہ ہو تو اسکا براہِ راست حوالہ دینا چاہیئے۔ کبھی کبھار شہر میں پھیلی خبر کو ہی سچائی مان کر چلا دیا جاتا ہے جو کہ بعد میں سب کے لیے شرمندگی کا باعث بنتی ہے، کم از کم ان کے لیے ضرور جو یہ غلطی اکثر نہیں کرتے۔ یہ صحافیانہ نا انصافی ہے اور اسے مان لینا اپنے آپ کو نیچا دکھانا ہر گز نہیں ہے۔

    پاکستان میں چینلز کے اینکر پرسنس بھی کبھی سیاستدانوں کو مرغوں کی طرح لڑانے کی مشق کرتے ہیں تو کبھی کسی کی پگڑی اچھالنے سے لے کر آئین کی تشریح تک کا تمام کام بھی خود ہی سرانجام دیتے ہیں۔ ایسا ہی حال ہمارے بیشتر تجزیہ کار اور تبصرہ نگاروں کا ہے جو کبھی اپنی خواہشات کو خبر یا تجزیہ بنا کر پیش کرتے ہیں تو کبھی ‘آبپارہ کی فرمائش‘ کو۔

    آخری وقت اشاعت: پير 18 اکتوبر 2010 , 15:42 GMT 20:42 PST
    http://Www.Bbc.Co.Uk/Urdu/Pakistan/2010/10/101018_media_responsibility_analysis_as.Shtml

    صحافت کا کمال
    اصناف: بحث, سیاست, پاکستان

    عنبر خیری | 2010-10-18 ،13:55

    انیس سو نوے میں بے نظیر بھٹو کی پہلی حکومت گرنے سے پہلے ‘معتبر ذرائع’ نے میڈیا کو بتایا کہ وزیر اعظم کے شوہر کرپشن میں ملوث ہیں اور یہ ذرائع دیگر صحافیوں کو اس بارے میں دستاویزات بھی دیتے رہے۔
    صحافیوں کو بتایا گیا کہ حکومت ‘بس جانے ہی والی ہے’ اور پھر حکومت بر طرف ہو گئی۔

    نواز شریف کی برطرفی سے پہلے بھی اچھا خاصہ ماحول بنا دیا گیا۔پھر وہ حکومت بھی برطرف ہو گئی۔
    بے نظیر کی دوسری حکومت گرنے سے پہلے بھی یہ ہی ماحول بنا جس میں پھر وزیر اعظم کے بھائی میر مرتضی بھٹو کی پولیس فائرنگ میں ہلاکت کو حکومت گرانے کا اضافی جواز بنایا گیا۔
    بہت سال گزرنے کے بعد جب کسی کے خلاف کبھی کوئی الزامات ثابت نہ ہوئے، میں نے اپنے ایک معروف صحافی ساتھی سے پوچھا : کیا آپ کو یہ نہیں لگا کہ ہم (یعنی ہمارا جریدہ اور ہم صحافی برادری) یہ رپورٹیں چھاپ کر کہ’ اسلام اباد میں ذرائع کہتے ہیں کہ حکومت کی چھٹی آج/کل/پرسوں ہونے والی ہے’ یا یہ کہ بہت کرپشن ہو رہا ہے ۔۔۔ ایک سیاسی گیم میں استعمال ہوئے ؟
    میرے مشہور صحافی دوست بہت ناراض ہوئے۔ جواب میں بولے’تمہیں تو جرنلزم کا کچھ پتہ ہی نہیں!! وہ تو سکُوپ تھا سکُوپ!’
    سکوپ یعنی صحافی کی ایک بڑی اور تازی اور ایکسکلوزیو خبر۔ لیکن یہ کیسا سکوپ جو تمام میڈیا کو بانٹ دیا گیا ہو؟
    میں صحافت میں کئی دہائیوں سے کام کر رہی ہوں اور میں نے یہ بھی دیکھا ہے کہ ہمارے ہاں بیشتر صحافی کسی چیز کی تصدیق کرنے کی زحمت نہیں کرتے۔ بیان ضرور لے لیں گے لیکن اس سے زیادہ نہیں۔ موقع پر جانا، دستاویز نکلوانا، دعووں کو ٹیسٹ کرنا۔۔۔ یہ کون کرے اور کیوں؟ ریڈی میڈ کہانیاں مل ہی جاتی ہیں۔
    اور افسوس کی بات یہ ہے کہ جو خبر اخبار میں چھپ جاتی ہے لوگ اسے حقیقت سمجھتے ہیں۔ ایک اخبار یا ٹی وی چینل پر خبر چلتی ہے تو سب اس کی بغیر چھان بین کے چلانا شروع کر دیتے ہیں۔
    لوگ اسے ایسے بیان کرنا شروع کر دیتے ہیں جیسے وہ خود اس جگہ موجود تھے اور ان کی دیکھی سنی بات تھی۔
    افسوس کی بات یہ ہے کہ نہ صحافی خود اس پر توجہ نہیں دینا چاہتے ہیں، نا مالکان اور نا ہی عدالتیں۔ سنہ چھیانوے میں تو حکومت کی برطرفی کے بعد عدالت نے غیر مصدقی اخباری رپورٹوں کو برائے ثبوت مان لیا تھا۔
    لیکن مجھے کیا پتہ۔۔۔بقول میرے سینئیر ساتھی: مجھے تو جرنلزم کا کچھ پتہ ہی نہیں

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/urdu/2010/10/post_680.html

    بارہ نجی چینلز ٹیکس ڈیفالٹر ہیں‘

    آخری وقت اشاعت: جمعـء 14 مئ 2010 , 14:28 GMT 19:28 PST

    http://www.bbc. co.uk/urdu/ pakistan/ 2010/05/100514_ channels_ tax_defaulters. shtml

    پاکستان کے وزیر محنت و افرادی قوت سید خورشید احمد شاہ نےقومی اسمبلی کو بتایا ہے کہ ٹیکس نادہندگان میں بارہ نجی ٹی وی چینلز بھی شامل ہیں اور ان کی طرف حکومت کے تقریباً پونے تین ارب روپے کے ٹیکس بقایاجات ہیں۔

    جمعہ کو حکومت اور حزب مخالف کے بعض اراکین کے توجہ دلاؤ نوٹس کا جواب دیتے ہوئے انہوں نے بتایا کہ اِن ٹی وی چینلز نے یہ رقم اشتہارات کے مد میں حاصل تو کی ہے لیکن حکومت کو ادا نہیں کر رہے۔

    خورشید شاہ کے مطابق ٹیکس نادہندگان میں سرِفہرست جیو ٹی وی ہے

    جس کے ذمے ایک ارب ارسٹھ کروڑ روپے ہیں۔

    جیو ایک ارب اڑسٹھ کروڑ، اے آر وائی ون انتالیس کروڑ ستر لاکھ روپے، ٹی وی ون آٹھ کروڑ، پلے ٹی وی دو کروڑ، سماء ٹی وی ایک کروڑ اڑتیس لاکھ، ہم ٹی وی ستاون لاکھ، انڈس ٹی وی سولہ کروڑ جبکہ ایم ٹی وی ساٹھ کروڑ روپے کا ڈیفالٹر ہے۔

    انہوں نے بتایا کہ اس کے علاوہ اے آر وائی ون انتالیس کروڑ ستر لاکھ روپے، ٹی وی ون آٹھ کروڑ، پلے ٹی وی دو کروڑ، سماء ٹی وی ایک کروڑ اڑتیس لاکھ، ہم ٹی وی ستاون لاکھ، انڈس ٹی وی سولہ کروڑ جبکہ ایم ٹی وی ساٹھ کروڑ روپے کا ڈیفالٹر ہے۔

    اسلام آباد میں بی بی سی کے نامہ نگار اعجاز مہر کا کہنا ہے کہ توجہ دلاؤ نوٹس کے ذریعے پوچھا گیا تھا کہ ایک کروڑ یا اس سے زیادہ رقم کے ٹیکس نادہندگاں کی فہرست میں کون کون شامل ہیں اور ان کے نام ایوان میں پیش کریں لیکن ایوان میں مالیات کے وزیر کی جگہ جواب دیتے ہوئے سید خورشید شاہ نے صرف میڈیا گروپس کے نام پیش کیے اور بتایا کہ کسٹم ڈیوٹی کے مد میں تراسی افراد/ کمپنیوں کے ذمے چالیس کروڑ روپے کے ٹیکس بقایاجات ہیں۔

    آئے روز ٹی وی چینلز پر حساب مانگا جاتا ہے اور آج پتہ چلا ہے کہ میڈیا خود ڈیفالٹر ہے۔ آئندہ ہم ان سے سوال کریں گے کہ پہلے خود ٹیکس دو پھر ہم سے پوچھیں۔

    شیخ وقاص اکرم
    مسلم لیگ (ق) کے رکن ریاض فتیانہ نے کہا کہ سیاستدان تو اگر آبیانہ یا کسی گیسٹ ہاؤس کے چارجز ادا نہ کرے تو وہ انتخاب نہیں لڑ سکتا لیکن اتنے بڑے ڈیفالٹرز کے خلاف کارروائی کیوں نہیں ہوتی۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ ٹیکس نادہندہ کوئی بھی ہو حکومت ان سے ٹیکس وصول کرے ۔ ان کے مطابق اگر پاکستان میں بڑے بڑے مگر مچھ ایمانداری سے ٹیکس ادا کریں تو ملک کو کشکول لے کر پھرنے اور قرضوں کی ضرورت نہیں پڑے گی۔

    شیخ وقاص اکرم کا کہنا تھا کہ آئے روز ٹی وی چینلز پر حساب مانگا جاتا ہے اور آج پتہ چلا ہے کہ میڈیا خود ڈیفالٹر ہے۔ انہوں نے کہا ’آئندہ ہم ان سے سوال کریں گے کہ پہلے خود ٹیکس دو پھر ہم سے پوچھیں‘۔

    جس پر سید خورشید شاہ نے کہا کہ انیس سو ستتر سے لے کر آج تک بینکوں سے قرض معاف کرانے اور ٹیکس چوری کرنے والے سیاستدانوں، میڈیا گروپس، کاروباریوں اور دیگر کی فہرست آئندہ اجلاس میں ایوان میں پیش کریں گے۔

    شیخ وقاص اکرم، ریاض فتیانہ اور عبدالقادر خانزادہ نے کہا کہ سیاستدانوں کا بھی بتائیں کہ کون کتنا ٹیکس دیتا ہے؟۔ جس پر سید خورشید شاہ نے کہا کہ وہ یہ تفصیلات بھی آئندہ ایوان میں پیش کریں گے۔

    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2010/11/conspiracy-internationalnational-media.html

  • Conspiracy: International/National Media VS JANG/GEO TV

    ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and his close associates have formulated a two-pronged strategy to use the media against the judiciary and to use sections of the media against the critical media, just to divert public attention from corruption scandals. This dangerous strategy is being run by elements close to Zardari. These elements have started raising a hue and cry in the name of unbalanced reporting and about one-sided talk shows but they have not informed PM Gilani about their anti-media plans despite the fact that Gilani is a major stakeholder in the system. Two media groups have started their “sponsored” campaigns not only against the judiciary but also against all the journalists who are not ready to become part of anti-judiciary campaign. The owners of these two media houses are in contact with Zardari who asked government departments to shower advertisements on these anti-judiciary media groups. The thinking process of Zardari is no more a secret. Every enemy of the independent judiciary is his friend and every supporter of the judiciary is his enemy. Interestingly, some PPP leaders leveled baseless allegations against many journalists of Jang Group and even declared some of them as “Indian agents” but the same PPP is supporting and promoting some elements in the media who are famous for their Track-2 diplomacy with India. Three years ago, former dictator Musharraf was patronizing these friends of India in Pakistani media. Now President Zardari is also supporting these elements but his critics are openly being accused of being Indian agents. REFERENCE: Plan to use media against media and judges by Hamid Mir Sunday, November 07, 2010 11/7/2010 Zi Qad 29, 1431 A.H. http://www.thenews.com.pk/07-11-2010/Top-Story/1890.htm

    IS THIS A CONSPIRACY AGAINST JANG GROUP OF NEWSPAPERS.

    Friendly journalists – Mr Zardari’s supporters believe that cancelling the trip would not have helped him. “He would have been remembered and criticised even if there were no floods in the country,” said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday. And indeed, the current anti-Zardari campaign in the media started before the floods hit the headlines. The criticism began after British Prime Minister David Cameron made remarks in India on 28 July where he accused some in Pakistan of “looking both ways”, exporting terror to neighbouring countries. On 31 July, Pakistan’s Geo TV reported that the chief of the ISI intelligence service, Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, had cancelled a scheduled trip to the UK because of Mr Cameron’s remarks, but Mr Zardari was continuing with his planned trip. Pakistan’s ubiquitous TV news presenters began questioning President Zardari’s patriotism and personal integrity. The print media was not far behind. While President Zardari’s European tour had been “reduced to a pleasure trip” after Mr Cameron’s remarks, “the army reacted in a timely and dignified manner” by cancelling the ISI chief’s UK visit, an editorial comment in the Pakistan Observer newspaper said. The News newspaper called Mr Zardari’s visit a “pursuit of his own dynastic aggrandizement”. The floods only intensified this initial criticism. Two significant developments took place on Thursday. Firstly, Bilawal Bhutto denied he was planning to address the Pakistan Peoples’ Party rally in Birmingham, one of the main reasons for Mr Zardari’s trip. Secondly, Prime Minister Gilani informed journalists that the ISI chief had not, in fact, scheduled a visit to the UK in the first place. Many quarters insist Bilawal Bhutto’s “cancellation” of an appearance at the Birmingham show may be the result of a rethink on the part of Mr Zardari’s advisers to minimise political damage. But what about the confusion over the story about the ISI chief’s visit to the UK? The initial report on Geo TV had come from mysterious, unnamed sources. And even more mysteriously, the army’s media wing – which normally keeps a hawkish eye on the news, correcting reports at the first possible stage – had not stepped in to clarify the report. The ties between the military and the media are strong. The military often use the media to protect its hold on the giant corporate empire which it has built. In the 1980s the military did this through open censorship. Since the 1990s it has evolved subtler ways. It controls almost all access to big stories, and has therefore been able to raise a corps of “friendly” journalists who now control most key jobs in Pakistani media due to their “contacts”. President Zardari’s supporters suggest the media could have made up the story of the ISI cancelling its trip to the UK in order to spark an anti-Zardari campaign, which intensified as the scale of the flood damage became clear. REFERENCE: Criticism of Zardari in Pakistan hides a political game By M Ilyas Khan
    BBC News, Islamabad 7 August 2010 Last updated at 15:10 GMT http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-10901583

    IS THIS A CONSPIRACY AGAINST JANG GROUP OF NEWSPAPERS.

    Safma took serious exception to the conspiracies and sinister moves to bring undemocratic and unconstitutional changes and overstepping of various institutions of the state, including a section of sensational media, going beyond their legitimate sphere, professional and ethical limits. It also express dismayed at deteriorating quality of the governance at various tiers of governance and across all institutions of the state and worried about a lack of inconsistency in eradicating terrorism and appalled by the insistence on keeping sanctuaries of terrorism as so-called “strategic assets” and not strictly stopping terrorists outfits from operating in various disguised forms. Disturbed over the alienation, deprivation and sufferings of the Baloch people, perturbed over continuing inflation and hardships being faced by the common man, especially the people affected by the floods and terrorism, Safma is disappointed over not changing the media laws, especially the Information Law, Pemra Law and Press Council Law and condemn killing, torture and victimization of working journalists by various state and non-state actors, non-implementation of Seventh Wage Board Award, retrenchment of media persons and a lack of protection and insurance coverage for journalists reporting from conflict zones.

    Media persons reiterate full faith in constitutional, democratic and representative system that ensures freedom and fundamental rights, an independent judiciary, a free and responsible media and above all sovereignty of our people reflected through federal and provincial legislatures.

    Safma emphasized the need for evolving a broadest national consensus among all stakeholders on major national issues, such as terrorism, economy (macro-economic policy, state corporations, taxation, non-development expenditure, energy, rehabilitation and reconstruction of flood and terrorism affected), foreign policy, national security and neighbors;

    Crisis of Balochistan and transparent and accountable governance and across the board accountability; The media persons are of the considered view that future of the federation and our nation-state lies in democracy and continuation of constitutional, federal and democratic setup while submitting to the will of the people, which is represented by the elected legislatures and governments responsible to them.
    The state must retain its writ across the land without in any way, allowing state or non-state actors to undermine it, nor must it allow any autonomous sanctuary undermining its sovereignty and international obligations.

    All organs of the state and media must perform their functions in accordance with the letter and spirit of the 1973 Constitution, democratic norms and avoid transgressing their institutional limits while respecting the mandate of the people.
    Both the state and society can face up to the challenges of natural calamities, terrorism, lawlessness, economic meltdown, poor-governance, human and physical security by reaching a national consensus on major policy issues. REFERENCE: Institutions including media overstepped: Safma Monday, November 08, 2010 Zilhajj 01, 1431 A.H. http://www.thenews.com.pk/08-11-2010/National/14482.htm

    Monday, November 08, 2010, Zilhajj 01, 1431 A.H
    http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/nov2010-daily/08-11-2010/main.htm

    IS IT A CONSPIRACY OF AAJ TV/Business Recorder, Express News/Express Tribune against the Jang Group of Newspapers?

    AAJ TV, BUSINESS PLUS & EXPRESS NEWS VS JANG GROUP/GEO TV

    Cable operators criticise media house RECORDER REPORT

    http://www.brecorder.com/news/general-news/pakistan/1118594:cable-operators-criticise-media-house.html

    KARACHI (October 31, 2010) : Cable operators on Saturday accused a leading media house of publishing “baseless allegations” through advertisements against them. “Geo and Jang newspaper of the same group are not only levelling baseless allegations against us [cable operators] but are also set to deprive us of our livelihoods,” said Chairman Cable Operators of Pakistan, Khalid Araen at a press conference held at Karachi Press Club. Flanked by Central President of Cable Operators of Pakistan, Malik Furqan; Secretary General, Imran Nadeem; President Khyber Pukhtunkhuwa,Zubair Khalid; Secretary General, Cable Operators of Pakistan Punjab, Chaudhry Tahir Javed; President Cable Operators of Pakistan Azad Kashmir, Khurram Shahzad. President Cable Operators of Pakistan Balochistan, Babrak Khan; Information Secretary Cable Operators of Pakistan, Niaz Shaikh; Vice Chairman Cable Operators of Pakistan Sindh, Sadiq Lakhani; Deputy General Secretary Cable Operators of Pakistan Sindh, Muhammad Faisal; Executive Member Cable Operators of Pakistan, Akhlaq Ahmed. Vice President Cable Operators of Pakistan South Punjab, Jamil Ahmed; President Cable Operators of Pakistan Hyderabad Division, Muhammad Zahid and Secretary General Cable Operators of Pakistan Hyderabad Division, Muhammad Rashid, he said that media house was continuously “blackmailing” operators for its own goals against the national interest. Araen claimed the TV network had broadcast false news against President of Pakistan, triggering a strong public reaction, which resulted in attacks on cable operators’ offices destroying million of rupees cable network. He also appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan to take a suo moto notice of the fresh tussle between the cable operators and Geo TV and that media house.

    Jang Group blackmailing govt to evade taxes: cable operators Sunday, October 31, 2010 http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\10\31\story_31-10-2010_pg1_4

    * CAP chairman says group owes billions of rupees to govt
    * Appeals to CJP to take notice of campaign against CAP

    Staff Report

    KARACHI: The Jang Group has been blackmailing the government to evade taxes, Cable Operators Association of Pakistan (CAP) Chairman Khalid Arian claimed on Saturday. Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club, Arian alleged that the group embezzled Rs 2 billion with the help of two officials of the National Bank of Pakistan. He alleged that the group also blackmailed the cable operators, but they remained silent, fearing that their concerns could be taken as part of political confrontation. Arain appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the daily Jang and the Geo Television’s levelling false allegations against the association. Recently, he said, the group provoked the people of the Karachi to refuse to pay monthly fee to the operators by publishing a controversial advertisement. Arain alleged that the Geo Television had put the lives of the army troops at risk when it showed their positions after terrorists attacked on the GHQ inRawalpindi. “It was Geo, which first claimed that Mumbai attack suspect Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistani,” he said. He said the people reacted strongly against the CAP when the channel had telecast false news about President Asif Ali Zardari two months ago. He alleged the Geo Television had collected General Sales Tax but it did not deposit it to the national exchequer.

    KARACHI: The Cable Operators Association of Pakistan has accused a major media group of resorting to “blackmail” and said it is “inciting consumers to deny cable TV operatorstheir monthly dues” and depriving them of their livelihood.
    Addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club here on Saturday, the association’s chairman, Khalid Arain, said: “Geo and Jang have routinely used freedom of expression as a ploy to get their valid and invalid demands”. He was accompanied by president of the COAP Malik Furqan, general secretary Imran Nadeem and Punjab chapter’s secretary Tahir Javed. Khalid Arian said that Geo network was not only leveling false allegations against cable operators, but also trying to deprive them of their livelihood. “We ask if television viewers are paying for just one channel? Are other news and entertainment channels of no value?”
    Urging the government to take legal action against the group, he said that Geo and Jang have been at odds with not only Nawaz Sharif government, but also with the Musharraf regime and other previous governments over just financial matters affecting them. Arian said that the group owes Pemra billions of rupees in dues. He said that group stopped depositing GST from advertisers in the national exchequer and the authorities had come to know about it only in 2007 when the owed amount exceeded billions of rupees. He also claimed that the group took a loan of Rs1 billion from National Bank of Pakistan by over-valuing its machinery used as collateral. REFERENCE: Cable operators accuse Geo, Jang of ‘blackmail’ http://tribune.com.pk/story/70328/cable-operators-accuse-geo-jang-of-blackmail/

    Friends of President Zardari in the media have started a campaign against many journalists saying, “You people are trying to ridicule the elected representatives because you have a political agenda”. The same people are getting monetary benefits from PPP government due to their bias against judiciary which is very clear from their writings and views expressed on electronic media. The same people are openly trying to use the platform of media for friendship with India. Personally I have no objection to friendship with India but why they are not “Indian agents” for President Zardari? It is clear that PPP leadership will only consider those as “Indian agents” who are supporters of an independent judiciary. Many PPP leaders are openly speaking against the judiciary since long and they are trying to increase their allies in the media. It is learnt that two media cells have been established in Karachi and Islamabad under the supervision of some PPP office bearers. These cells have motivated some columnists recently to condemn “one sided and unbalanced journalism in support of some political judges”. These cells are trying to make an issue out of a recent controversy generated when a TV reporter claimed that the government has decided to cancel the notification through which judges were restored last year. PPP leaders are trying to use the media against the media using the notification story. This big ‘no’ from CPNE President has disappointed many PPP leaders who were waiting to start a new campaign against the media after the completion of work by the Hameed Haroon Committee. A former president of APNS told The News that Hameed Haroon is not heading an APNS committee, in fact he is heading a government committee and he was not responsible for ignoring the CPNE. The government ignored the CPNE just to divide the media.An independent judiciary and a free press are essential tools of good governance. It is the responsibility of the media to pinpoint bad governance and corruption but the media cannot correct the balance between right and wrong, between justice and injustice or between honesty and corruption. The PPP must realize that Pakistan is changing. The judiciary cannot be dictated anymore. Media cannot be monopolized. The rulers must respect the rule of law because the ultimate survival of their government as well the survival of the country lies in rule of law. REFERENCE: Plan to use media against media and judges by Hamid Mir Sunday, November 07, 2010 11/7/2010 Zi Qad 29, 1431 A.H. http://www.thenews.com.pk/07-11-2010/Top-Story/1890.htm

    http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2010/11/conspiracy-internationalnational-media.html

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