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Sensationalism at its worst – Geo & ARY Zindabad

As soon as I reached home, I heard my brother say, “President Zardari ko joota mara gaya!”. Turning on  Geo TV, and waiting for the 11 pm news bulletin, I was surprised to see the reporting. Murtaza Ali Shah, who has been reporting sensationally the ongoing trip of the President to UK was telling his newscasters that “according to sources” a baba jee threw shoes at the President Zardari in Birmingham.

Off course, there is still nothing confirmed whether such an incident happened or not, but the fact is that Geo TV has once again managed to move focus to an event which probably has never happened.

Had shoes been hurled on the President, then all other channels would have been running the story as Breaking News. ARY (who’s head is now Dr. Shahid Masood)  has just now started relaying the “news”. Impact of rumor based senationalism is that websites controlled by anti-PPP elements are echoing with “wishes” that the President should be hit with shoes!

Please read the news published on Geo website:

Man hurled shoes towards President Zardari: Eyewitness

BIRMINGHAM: A man threw two shoes towards President Asif Ali Zardari when the latter was delivering a speech at Pakistan People’s Party’s convention here on Saturday, an eyewitness said.

However, the shoes failed to reach the stage, sources said.

President Zardari was addressing a gathering of PPP workers at a convention here when a man – apparently a PPP worker – stood up and threw something in direction of the President as he (the man) criticized the latter for the UK trip, the sources said.

An eyewitness who was present at the convention said ‘the man threw two shoes one after another towards the President when he was giving speech.’ Security personnel present there sprung to action and took the man into custody and took him outside, the eyewitness added.

This led the President to stop his address and immediately leave the place in a security cordon in his car waiting for him outside.

However, Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar rubbished the above report, saying there is no substance in it as he was himself present at the convention and no such incident took place during the President’s speech.

“I was sitting in the front row and I can confidently say that nobody threw anything,” Farhatullah Babar said while talking to Geo News.

On the other hand, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira confirming the incident said that ‘highlighting a wrong act of a person would not be a right thing to do’ and added that the incident will be investigated.

President Zardari is presently in UK on a trip which was widely criticized due to his leaving the country at a time when people in Pakistan are facing unprecedented floods that has killed over 1000 people and displaced millions.

Dr. Shahid Masood’s ARY News reported on their website:

Shoe hurled at Zardari in Birmingham
Updated :   Saturday  August  7 , 2010  9:21:46 PM

BIRMINGHAM: A middle-aged man hurled shoe at President Asif Ali Zardari when the later arrived to address a party conference here in International Convention Center, ARY NEWS reports Saturday.

Reports said a man, probably Pakistani-national, threw his two shoes one after the other towards the unpopular president when he came to deliver speech in Pakistan Peoples Party’s conference in city’s convention center.

However, the shoes missed the president and landed near him.

The shoe-thrower, who has not been identifies so far, was captured and taken away by security men. The president also left the hall afterwards amid strict security.

President Zardari is on his visit to Europe amid row and scathing criticism from Pakistani people and European media as well over his absence in Pakistan at times when the country is facing worst ever flood which has killed more than 16,00 and displaced millions.

Earlier, some four hundred people from the Pakistani community gathered outside the conference hall and staged protest demonstration against President Zardari.

They chanted “Go Zardari Go” slogans, demanding relief for millions of Pakistani people affected by the flood in Pakistan.

Hundreds of people belonging to PML-N and other opposition parties and the civil society participated in the demonstrations.

Nearly 10,000 members of the party live in Europe, most of them in Britain.

Zardari is currently in Birmingham. He visited Britain this week for talks overshadowed by a row over remarks by British Prime Minister David Cameron alleging Islamabad was not doing enough to fight terrorism. The remarks caused a diplomatic row.

The Pakistani leader during his visit traveled to London from Paris, where he held talks with President Nicholas Sarkozy on ‘security and economic issues’ as part of a three-day visit.

Pakistan is one of Britain’s most important allies in fighting terrorism. Nearly 1 million people of Pakistani origin live in Britain.

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  • I can now hear “Lord” Nazir giving a sermon that the President shouldn’t have been in the UK even though if the shoes have been hurled is wrong!

  • Just heard Correspondent of ARY, Ahmed Ali saying that the “baba jee” belonged to Hizb-e-Tahrir! He also says that the President continued his speech unlike the ones reported that as soon as the shoe was hurled the speech was ended and he left the convention center!
    Ansar Abbasi gang zindabad!

  • @ Ahmed

    I’m just tired of watching the senseless lord nazir ahmed . he at times forgets he part of British house of lords not a leader opposition in senate of Pakistan. If american interference is condemnable to our right wing media , why they are silent on Lord Nazir Ahmed constant interference in Pakistan internal matters.

  • Geo & ARY Zindabad
    GEO Group has taken over ARY Group due to default of 3 Million Dollar:) Hence the appearance of Dr Shahid Masood on ARY:)

    ’بارہ نجی چینلز ٹیکس ڈیفالٹر ہیں‘
    آخری وقت اشاعت: جمعـء 14 مئ 2010 , 14:28 GMT 19:28 PST


    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۔

    Tax defaulters in Pakistani media: E&C Division-V RTO, Karachi – by Farhad Jarral http://criticalppp.com/archives/10928/comment-page-1#comment-8289

  • If throwing shoes is encouraged ,then even one has opponent and every one has “right ” to show his anger by throwing shoes .I like to throw my shoes to the Mudaqqad gaye like Hameed Gul ,Qazi hussain ,Munawer hasan and mir Shakeel Ur rehman …..

    If some one throw the shoe to Mir Shakeel Ur rehman ,would Geo Tv broad cast this news ?

  • We all had heaved a collective sigh of relief when “Meirey Mutabiq” met its ignominious demise. Unfortunately Dr. (really?) Shahid Masood now has a whole TV network at his disposal to give vent to the venom in store inside his twisted mind against PPP. The fella is clearly on an ego trip now a days. Seems as if this net work is his personal domain to promote a personality cult of sorts with Shahid Masood being projected as its pagan god. Tickers running on ARY News now a days repeatedly enunciate Shahid Masood saying this or that. As an interesting aside I may narrate here a brief vignette from special transmission of ARY News on tragic plane crash, in which Kashif Abbasi repeatedly addressed Shahid Masood as sir. Each time (which was not very unoften) he uttered this word, his posture went rigid with extreme discomfort and his facial expression contorted as if in extreme agony. One could almost see him blushing to the roots of his hairs. I don not see him staying at ARY news much longer. Poor Kashif!

  • ایک دن وہ بھی شاید آے جب بھری پریس کونفرنس میں کوئی مرد مومن منور حسن ہو جوتا مارے اور اس کا منہ کالا کرے اور یہ کہے کے میں نے طالبان کے حمایتیوں سے بدلہ لے لیا اور یہ بدلہ طالبان کے ہاتھوں شہید ہونے والوں کی طرف سے ہے .

  • when rome was burning nero was fiddling
    when Pakistan was flooding ,GEO was Shoeing …..

  • lord nazir ahmed keep interfering in pakistani politics.looks like he is not member of british parliment but member of pmln.he lives in raiwand house wen he comes to pakistan and use shahbaz sharif bullet-proof car.he was with nawaz sharif when he returned from saudia arabia to pakistan.i think lord nazir ahmed is publicity hungry ,he need media attention.

  • جمہوریت سے جو تم محبت کرو۔۔۔

    تو لازِم جیو پہ تم لعنت کرو۔۔۔

    جو نہ ہو وطن میں لسانی فساد۔۔۔

    تو صوبوں پہ یوں نہ سیاست کرو۔۔۔

    میرے مُلک میں ہے مُصیبت کڑی۔۔

    نہ لاشوں کی تُم یہ سیاست کرو۔۔۔

    جو شوقِ سیاست سے مجبور ہو!

    تو لاشوں پر خود کی سیاست کرو۔۔۔

    سنبھل اؤ بِکاؤ یہودی نسل۔۔۔۔!

    نہ جوتے کی تُم یہ شرارت کرو۔۔۔

    صحافی تو ہوتا ہے آوازِ خلق

    میراثی بنو، مت صحافت کرو۔۔

    جو چندا پے تھوکے وہ مُنہ کو بچائے۔۔۔

    نہ چہرے پہ اپنے غلاظت کرو۔۔۔

    جمہوریت سے جو تم محبت کرو۔۔۔

    تو لازِم جیو پہ تم لعنت کرو۔۔۔

  • Though I also have some reservation on the reporting standard of local media and I also think that Media should not behave like a party.

    But this is also the responsibility of government to tolerate every one’s point event the point of view is bias or against them.

    بول کے لب آزاد ہیں تیرے

  • @kashif,
    Kisi nay kisi kee aawaz nahee dabayee! Agar dabayee hoti to itna shor na hota.

  • Well done Baba Ji. You are the Hero of Pakistan. U gave the best gift to ur countrymen on the eve of independence day.
    Zardari is a sick person and deserved SHOE THERAPY very badly. Those who dont like this therapy(e.g, the author) are also sick and deserve similar SHOE THERAPY on emergency basis.
    Long live–Baba ji
    Zardari– Murdabad

  • Mr 10% has swallowed the shoes of poor Baba Ji. He was entitled to digest 10% only but here he ate all of it.
    He has promoted himself from Mr10% to Mr.100%.

  • Well said, SHOE THERAPY, and that therapy is not being digested by jiyala like slaves and now bulleying the cable operators.They will not last long instead this pressure on media is tending them to smack the image of their leaders more than before. Now due to this pressure, Geo and ARY are repeatedly tarnishing the image of Zardari and others. Well done born slaves of the peoples party or I wonder you are not from PMLN doing it purposefully on the wish of Nawaz to further filth out the amage of zardari. Keep on it.