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Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy: In pursuit of ratings, Dunya TV is pandering to the extremist right wing

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LUBP is publishing Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy’s letter, in which he briefly summarizes the whole episode of Kamran Shahid’s planted show.

Because some facts are being widely misinterpreted, I would like to set the record straight.

1. The anchor, Kamran Shahid, telephoned me repeatedly to invite me to his program. I was reluctant because of my demanding academic schedule but he insisted that it was very important to counter the wrong trends that we see in Pakistan and for people like me to raise their voices. I agreed to participate, not knowing that he had also invited the media extremists, Orya Maqbool Jan (OMJ) and Ansar Abbasi (AA). He had deliberately withheld those names from me, although I had asked who else would be on the show.

2. Dunya TV sent a DSNG unit to my house in Islamabad. I could hear but not see the anchor or the other guests. During the shouting match that developed during the program – a consequence of OMJ and AA savagely attacking Malala Yusufzai and misrepresenting the contents of her book – I naturally thought that my voice was getting through to the audience. I was wrong.

3. This program was about the book “I Am Malala” but I had not been thus informed. Else I would have had a copy in front of me to refute the inventions of AA and OMJ. Therefore I had to rely on my memory rather than have access to the exact text.

4. The next morning, when the program had been loaded on to the internet, I was astonished to note that the audio level from my end had been turned down so low that my voice was inaudible. However AA was hurling abuses against me and these were coming through loud and clear. I also noted that AA and OMJ would occasionally appear full-screen whereas I was shown as a tiny image even when speaking. This was clear manipulation and bias at the technical level.

5. After some time had passed, the audio was abruptly turned off from my headset. I naturally thought that the program had ended, perhaps prematurely. So I took off my headset and walked away. What else was there to do? But, on watching the televised program, I realized that they had kept the video camera on! The program was actually in the final stages and AA (full screen) had been given the full opportunity to vent his venom on me. The anchor said that I had left the program. This was a complete lie.

To conclude: I DID NOT WALK OUT. Using google, I discovered that several blogs/newspapers have reported that I walked out in defeat.

These are gutter tactics. Sadly, in pursuit of ratings, Dunya TV is pandering to the extremist right wing.

Again, thank you for bringing up the matter.

Sincerely yours,
Pervez Hoodbhoy

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  • We are with you Hoodbhoy, You have earned your respect through your dignified work, and you have taught my kids and they are now on very responsible positions in Islamabad, they both owed their positions through academic years they spent with you. Unlike Orya Jan and Ansar Abbasi the thieves of history of our time, they have no comparison to you. Both of them have earned their respect by dignified the throat cutters and worst creature of this century (Taliban). I had watched one of the show couple of days ago where he (Ansar Abbasi along with another pro-Taliban jahil army retired personnel) were arguing with one of the Shia Aalim (I don’t know him). Ansar Abbasi does not even know that syedna Ali (A.S) did not negotiate with Khawarjis (the Taliban’s of his time), he rather killed them all. May Allah give the true guidance of Orya Jan, Ansar Abbasi and our pro-Taliban government. Ms. Farza Raja had exposed Orya Jan in Kashif Abbasi’s show that he calls our Shia brothers Kafir. Insha’Allah both of these kids of Khawarjis will earned their worst humiliation soon.

  • Poor Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy – from Intellectual Nigger to “Jahil” — a journey not just in Pakistan, but worldwide — where ever Hegelian Dialectic of Dissent is cultivated.

    scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1109/S00164/zahir-ebrahim-the-niggers-of-pakistan.htm

    Sad.

    See The Dying Songbird: print-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2013/09/dying-songbird.html

    Zahir Ebrahim
    Project Humanbeingsfirst.org
    California

  • hoodbhoy u were unable to present valid points & counter those guys, hence u left in a whiff.
    off-late i have been observing u loosing patience in a lot of debates & discussions, what’s the matter hoodbhoy, dont like loosing?

  • I think instead of being off the record and labeling the other journalists JHOOTA and SHARM NAHEEN AATI, Pervez Hoodbhoy should have come up with something concrete. On the contrary he became furious and started saying nonsense.. now I think Pervez H.B should publish article keeping the actual texts of the book at hand.. I also agree that such shows are meant for meaningful debates but for RATINGS. at last I would like to ask DR. Uzma Ali to kindly read the book herself also.

  • now here is an abstract regarding SATANIC VERSES: My father’s college held a heated debate in a packed room. Many students argued that the book should be banned and burned and the fatwa upheld. My father also saw the book as offensive to Islam but believes strongly in freedom of speech. ‘First, let’s read the book and then why not respond with our own book,’ he suggested. He ended by asking in a thundering voice my grandfather would have been proud of, ‘Is Islam such a weak religion that it cannot tolerate a book written against it? Not my Islam!’

  • Can we please put this matter to rest. Hoodbhoy is a well learned person. He had lost his temper that other side was not even near to his educated caliber. Ansar Barni and OMJ are the Talibans. All they know is to cut someone’s throat or kill someone. I pray for the safety of our educated icon Mr. Hoodbhoy.

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