The PPP has till now been trying its level best to be defensive against all the media tirade against its leadership and government. Usually the tirade starts from Geo TV, goes on to Jang and The News and then lip synched by the PML-N. Unfortunately, on October 12, 2010, Jang and The News have crossed all the limits by publishing a quarter page advertisement on its front page. Though this is not the first time that such ethics laden statements have been relayed on the newspapers, but the timing of the same was the icing on the cake i.e. the Supreme Court hearing scheduled for 13th October.
Though we at LUBP were incensed at the targeted campaign, some thoughts were given towards a befitting response. Some of the options which the editors discussed and conveyed to the PPP included:
- Mir Shakil’s picture requesting him and his organization to pay the Rs. 1.68 billion in Sales Taxes which they haven’t and sought to seek a respite through a stay order in the Sindh High Court
- Mir Shakil’s picture requesting him and his organization to pay back the Rs. 800 million owed to banks as well as pay the profits. After all, the shareholders of those banks are suffering
- Mir Shakil and his entire team’s picture holding them responsible for the death of a Muhammad Saad Khan while filming a reality show for Geo TV in Thailand
- Mir Shakil and Hamid Mir together being shown as complicit in the killing of Khalid Khwaja and may more.
The PPP has chosen to simply boycott Geo TV going forward! We feel it’s a decision which is “dair ayed, durast ayed”. This was announced by PPP Information Secretary, Fauzia Wahab, in a press conference in Karachi earlier today.
She also hit Chaudhry Nisar hard over his ties with the military and the ease with which he has remained out of jail in crucial times. It may be recalled that Chaudhry Nisar came out with a highly denigrating statement saying that if Judicial decisions are not adhered to, then the PML-N will present medical certificates about President Zardari’s cardiac and psychiatric health.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is a lucky and a very fortunate man. He has remained in power ever since he became an MNA in 1985. He has served as Member National Assembly (MNA) for the terms of 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2002 and 2008 general elections. His power comes from two very important stints as Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources in 1990-1993 and then the same portfolio in 1997-1999. He also wields significant power in the Rawalpindi division where major changes in the civil services like police, patwari, revenue etc need his blessings.
Chaudhry Nisar’s unprecedented clout has also come from his brother, Lt. Gen. Iftikhar Ali Khan, who died in 2009. Lt Gen Iftikhar Ali Khan served as Chief of the General Staff (CGS), Pakistan Army. He was appointed as Defence Secretary in 1997 and relinquished the office in 1999. It is said that the removal of Jahangir Karamat and appointment of Musharraf had a lot to do with the say of Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. His brother’s being from the army allowed him a few concessions. When the Sharifs and a number of PML-N stalwarts were in prison, Chauhdry Nisar was under “house arrest”. all leaders of the PML-N had been sent to the Attock Fort, while Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan was detained in house. Even in a crackdown on PML-N leaders in 2007, Chaudhry Nisar was very fortunate to have been out into house arrest.
His appointment as Leader of the Opposition speaks volumes of the merit in the PML-N. Javed Hashmi, who remained in prison for 4 years under treason charges and won 3 national assembly seats, has been sidelined by Chaudhry Nisar.
Qismat ho to aisi!