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As expected, Jang Group backtracks while Najam Sethi, Nasim Zehra and Zaid Hamid attack Hamid Mir’s charges against ISI

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Jang Group back tracks on its charges against ISI:

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Sethi’s cocern, as is clear towards the end of this clip (see 1:45 onwards), is not the attack on Hamid Mir, by TTP-ASWJ or their alleged masters in Aabpara, in fact he supports army’s grievances against Mir and Geo, his concern is that while Geo has already apologized on its alleged excesses, army/ISI should now forgive Geo/Jang.

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Appendix: Jang’s editorial (21 April 2014)

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http://jang.com.pk/jang/apr2014-daily/21-04-2014/idaria.htm

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Update: Comparing reaction by Sherry Rehman and Asma Jahangir to the ISI vs Geo saga

Difference between Asma Jahangir and Sherry Rehman is that the former criticizes both ISI and Geo while the latter only Geo. Sherry Rehman can and will never be comparable to Asma Jahangir. Fomer serves the establishment, latter exposes its crimes. Apologies to the elitist human rights and liberal cartel and its wannabe middle class flatterers who continue to promote Sherry Rehman:

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  • Jang Group respects armed forces immensely

    Will continue to exercise its constitutional and legal right to freedom of expression; has history of standing by its team members in difficult times regardless of any cost, financial or otherwise; had suffered losses of billions of rupees in past for the cause of press freedom; issues statement

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    Monday, April 21, 2014
    From Print Edition

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    Jang Group respects armed forces immensely
    KARACHI: The Jang Group issued the following statement on Sunday: “We are thankful to Allah Almighty that Hamid Mir, the pride of journalists across the region, survived a cowardly attack on his life. Three of the six bullets that entered his body are still lodged there and have ruptured his bladder and intestines but his condition is no longer critical.

    “The Jang Group clarifies that it has not put the blame on any institution or section of any institution. The Jang Group values and respects all institutions. All including the accused must be presumed innocent until proven guilty. The Jang Group demands an independent and fair investigation without fear or favour.

    “The Jang Group has a history of standing besides its team members in difficult times regardless of any cost — financial or otherwise. The people have witnessed that in the past too during the tenure of various governments we stood for the cause of freedom of the press and suffered losses of billions of rupees and our cases are still pending in the courts in this regard. It is not new to us that due to our independent policy, serious allegations have been levelled against our group; it has been done many times in the past to but we have always given a befitting reply and no one has ever proved any allegation against us. We always endeavour to report the truth to our viewers and readers and it is our resolve to stick to this policy in the future also. We believe that it is in the interest of the people and state of Pakistan.

    “Hamid Mir had sent written and video statements to his colleagues and friends and members of the family where security risks and threats to his life had been clearly identified. Some of this material we will share in good time after taking the consent of Hamid Mir now that he is out of danger. Hamid Mir has been categorical in stating that some individuals in

    the security agencies have been after him for a while. His brother and investigative journalist, Amir Mir, as per Hamid’s written and verbal instructions to friends, family and colleagues, has disclosed some individuals who should be considered as suspects. We have published/aired his statement and also given the point of view of the ISI through ISPR as per the principles of journalism. In various talk shows and programmes of our media group since the evening of Friday, all points of view have been covered properly.

    “Accusing individuals is not the same thing as accusing an institution. In the recent past as well as in history we have come across many examples where rogue agents have been punished for going against the institutions’ values. Many individuals have, in fact, physically revolted and attacked their own institutions. Allegations against the ISI have also been levelled in the past.

    “We also want to bring it on the record that the ISI has been continuously and strongly complaining to our senior editors against some of our senior journalists, particularly against Hamid Mir. We will prove this and many other things at the proper time.

    “Hamid Mir is known for his courage and for taking up causes that might have annoyed the forces inimical to the freedom of expression, including shedding light on the missing persons’ cases, the Balochistan issue, Karachi security, the rule of law and democracy. He was also vocal on the rule of law being applied to past dictators who have broken their oath and the Constitution.

    “We categorically state here that our media group not only respects the armed forces of Pakistan from the core of its heart, it would also continue to exercise its constitutional and legal right to freedom of expression for a strong Pakistan.

    “We are grateful for the prayers of the common people of the country who count Hamid Mir as their friend.”

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-29838-Jang-Group-respects-armed-forces-immensely

  • In his column in the New York Times, Declan Walsh notes that Jang / Geo has been in the past attacked by the banned Deobandi terrorist outfits (TTP and LeJ-ASWJ).

    https://lubp.net/archives/312015

    Walsh notes:

    Even staunch ISI critics thought the station’s personalized attacks, which singled out the ISI spy chief as the culprit, were hasty and premature, especially at a time when Islamist militants were also targeting reporters.

    In 2012, the militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi recruited a junior reporter at Geo to help plan the assassination of a news editor and a prominent talk show host at the station, said a former Geo manager with direct knowledge of the case. The plot was foiled when the reporter confessed.

    A second Geo employee was identified as a militant after the Taliban assault on Karachi’s Mehran naval base in June 2011, the former manager said. The station also believes that insider information played a role in the death of Wali Khan Babar, a Geo reporter who was killed by the M.Q.M. in 2010, a current Geo manager said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/27/world/asia/attack-on-journalist-starts-battle-in-pakistani-press.html?_r=0

    This revelation should also be seen in light of the fact the Punjabi Taliban’s admission on Twitter that they are the ones who attacked Hamid Mir in April 2014. In November 2012, a simialr attack (warning bomb) was claimed by the Taliban.

    However, this aspect of the TTP-ASWJ’s role in the attack on Hamid Mir was completely wiped out, not only by the mangaement of Geo TV/Jang Group but also by analysts such as Najam Sethi, Nasim Zehra, Ejaz Haider etc.

    In the meanwhile, Jihadist Salafi and Deobandi groups, known for close links with the ISI have openly issued public statements and taken out public rallies to express solidarity with the ISI and army while maligning Hamid Mir and Geo TV. This aspect was also highlighted by Hamid Mir who in his exclusive intervew to BBC Urdu said that:

    ’اشارہ آئی آیس آئی میں موجود آئی ایس آئی پر ہے۔ میں نے اپنے لائیو پروگرام میں میجر وجاہت نامی ایک آدمی جس نے کال کی اس کا نام موبائل نمبر ہر چیز دی۔ سب کو پتہ ہے۔ پھر سب سے تشویش ناک بات یہ ہے پاکستان میں جو طالبان جہادی تنظیمیں ہیں جن پر حکوت نے پابندی عائد کر رکھی ہے وہ تنظیمیں اس وقت آئی ایس آئی کے حق میں مظاہرے کر رہی ہیں۔‘
    ان کا کہنا تھا کہ ’کالعدم جہادی تنظیمیں جو حامد میر کے خلاف اور آئی ایس آئی کے حق میں مظاہرے کر رہی ہیں تو ان کا تعلق کس کے ساتھ ہے؟ یہ آئی ایس آئی کے اندر آئی ایس آئی ہیں یا نہیں۔‘

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2014/04/140426_hamid_mir_interview_isi_threat_zs.shtml

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/multimedia/2014/04/140426_hamid_mir_interview_zs.shtml

    For example, on Twitter, ISI-backed Salafi-Wahhabi terrorist group JuD (LeT) is openly expressing support for the ISI and Army while criticizing Geo/Mir.

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • 12h
    Historic #Istehkaam Pakistan Convention will be held on 4th May at Nasir Bagh Lahore to strengthen National unity & Solidarity – Insha’Allah

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • 12h
    This becomes a key responsibility of the PM which he should fulfill without letting anyone play politics over this situation.

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • 12h
    It is an understood fact in the constitution that Armed forces of the country cannot be criticized in such a manner; PM must safeguard it

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • 12h
    There should be no further delay after all that has been done and said, it is high time that Government plays its role and acts maturely.

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • 12h
    It is prime responsibility of Gov to let world see nation is united and consensus prevails in crushing enemy agendas against Pakistan .

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • 12h
    #Geo should bring an end to this tirade of confusion among people & government should play its role in bridging gaps to quash conspiracies

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • 12h
    No doubt, #Geo committed a grave mistake by airing allegations against #ISI chief for hours, responsibility demands acceptance of mistake

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • 12h
    Atmosphere of National Unity and valor among people needs to be established by standing behind #Pakistan Army and #ISI from all quarters

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • 12h
    This is why we rightly say that in situation when Pakistan is being attacked from all sides, National unity is the need of the hour

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • 12h
    Our known enemies are behind this situation. India is at the forefront, US is venting out its anger as well.

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • 12h
    Whose agenda is being served by maligning and tainting the identity of these institutions at this sensitive and critical time?

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • 12h
    The institution that defends #Pakistan, is its Army and the institution that protects the nation from conspiracies and threats is #ISI

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • 12h
    A state of confusion is visible; especially #Pakistan Army & its vital part #ISI was accused by smear propaganda; a painful incident.

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    ہماری یہ تحریک ، پاکستان کے استحکام کے لئے تمام اداروں کے ایک صفحے پر آنے تک جاری رہے گی۔ ان شاء اللہ

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    حکومت خاموشی کو توڑے اور وزراء پر پاک فوج کے خلاف بیان بازی پر پابندی لگائی جائے، یہ استحکام پاکستان کا مسئلہ ہے۔

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    پاکستان کی کامیابی اسکی عوام، افواج اور اداروں کے ایک ہونے میں ہے مگر ہندوستان چاہتا ہے کہ ہمیں آپس میں نفرتیں پیدا کر کے پھاڑ ڈالے

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    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    انڈیا جو پاکستان کے پانیوں پر ڈیم بنا کر پاکستان کو بنجر کرنا چاہتا ہے مگر ہم ان شاء اللہ ایسا نہیں ہونے دیں گے۔

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    ہم نے ان شاء اللہ پاکستان کی عوام اور افواج کے مابین دین کے رشتوں کو قائم کر کے اور وسیع تر اتحاد بنا کر دشمنوں کی سازشوں کو ناکام بنانا ہے۔

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    ہمارے ایٹمی پروگرام کے دشمن ہیں ، وہ ہماری فوج کو کمزرو کر کے ، ایٹمی تنصیبات پر حملہ کر کے ، پاکستان کوا س قوت سے محروم کرنا چاہتے ہیں۔

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    ۔آج پاکستان کی حفاظت ہم سب نے مل کر کرنی ہے۔ آج پاکستان کی سب سے بڑی ضرورت باہمی اتحاد ہے

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    سازشوں کو سمجھنے کی کوشش کریں ، امریکہ اس خطے سے جا رہا ہے اور جاتے جاتے وہ پاکستان کو کسی مصیبت سے دوچار کرنا چاہتا ہے۔

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    افواج پاکستان کے وقار کو مجروح کرنا پاکستان کے آئین کے خلاف ہے اور آئین کی حفاظت کے ذمہ دار وزیر اعظم ہیں۔

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    پاکستان حکومت اس حساس مسئلے اور اسکے پس منظر کو سمجھے اور دشمنوں کے ایجنڈے کو سمجھے۔

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    سازشیں چھپا دی جاتی ہیں ، غلط فہمیاں شبہات، اشکالات پھیلتے رہتے ہیں اور دشمنوں کو اپنے ایجنڈوں کے مطابق پروپیگینڈے کرنے کا موقعہ ملتا ہے

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    یہ بات درست کہ اس واقعہ کے لئے وزیر اعظم نے جوڈیشل کمیشن بنا کر بہت اچھا کیا، مگر صرف کمیشن بنانا کافی نہیں بلکہ ان نتائج سامنے لائے جائیں

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    پاکستان کے دفاع کو کمزور کرنا ، یہ کل بھی انڈیا کا ایجنڈا تھا اور آج بھی انڈیا کا ہی ایجنڈا ہے۔

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    دشمنوں کی سازش ہے کہ پاکستان کی افواج کو ہمیشہ تنقید کا نشانہ بنایا جائے، عوام اور افواج کے مابین ، نفرتیں پیدا کی جائیں

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    پاکستان کی فوج اسلام کی فوج ہےاور اس ملک و ملت کا دفاع کرنے والی فوج ہے۔پوری قوم اپنی فوج کے ساتھ ہے۔

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    افواج پاکستان کے خلاف زہریلا پروپیگینڈا اور اسکے وقار کو مجروح کرنا قطعا آزادی رائے نہیں ہے

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    ہم دکھ کے ساتھ یہ بات کہتے ہیں کہ افواج پاکستان کے خلاف پروپیگینڈا جاری رہا حکومت خاموش رہی۔ پاکستان کی فوج، ہر پاکستانی کے دل میں بستی ہے

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    ضرورت اس بات کی ہے ہم نشریاتی اداروں کے پروپیگینڈے میں پاکستان کے دفاعی اداروں کو بدنام نہ ہونے دیں۔

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    وزیر اعظم صاحب آپ نے یہ سب کیسے برداشت کر لیا؟ افواج پاکستان کی عزت، اعتماد اور وقار اگر مجروح ہوگا تو پاکستان کہاں کھڑا ہوگا

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    ہم وزیر اعظم پاکستان سے یہ سوال کرتے ہیں کہ وہ افواج پاکستان اور دفاعی اداروں کے خلاف ہونے والے پروپیگینڈے پر کیوں خاموش ہیں؟

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    Our movement for Pakistan ‘s stability and to help bring all its institutions on the same page, shall continue with full force Insha’Allah

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    The government should break its silence and curb ministers issuing statements against the army, this is a matter of national stability.

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    India wishes to plant seeds of discord. Success lies in unity of people, armed forces & all national institutions,

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    We need to bridge the gap created between our public and armed forces, unite them under the ideology of La Ilaha Ilallah

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    Our assets should be protected, Our enemies wish to target our nuclear installations and they are desperate to strip us of this strength.

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    India is being given free hand to destabilize Pakistan, We can never let that happen. Unity is the greatest need for Pakistan today

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    U.S. is leaving the region, defeated and wishes to create turmoil in the region before leaving. Government must understand the conspiracies

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    To issue degrading statements against armed forces is violation of constitution & PM is under an oath to protect & uphold constitution.

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    Government must understand the background of this sensitive issue & realize the nature of the enemy’s agenda by clarifying facts & motives

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    Forming Judicial commission is a positive step but the findings are obscured, real enemies are not exposed creating more room for propaganda

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    Weakening Pakistani lines of defense, has always been India’s top agenda – Pakistan army is the vanguard of Islam & custodian of Ummah

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    Its an enemy conspiracy to malign the armed forces, to generate a sense of detachment between the public and the army

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    Degrading the armed forces through venomous propaganda is not justified by any means in the name of freedom of speech

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    We note with sadness that consistent propaganda against armed forces was being broadcast undauntedly. while Govt watched silently.

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    No media or broadcasting entity should be allowed to air vile propaganda against our security institutions

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    How can the PM afford to remain silent when the dignity, pride & confidence of our armed forces is at stake, where does this leave Pakistan?

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 25
    We ask the PM, why is there silence over this malicious propaganda against the military and defense institutions ?

    Hafiz Muhammad Saeed @HafizSaeedJUD • Apr 24
    Propaganda against Pakistan’s Armed forces and defense institutions is Indian conspiracy that should be countered with national unity & act

    https://twitter.com/HafizSaeedJUD

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    JUD Karachi @KarachiJUD • 32m
    Crowds shouting pro #Pakistan & arm forces slogans proceed to press club #Karachi
    #PakistanSolidityMarch pic.twitter.com/takqc4vA1U

    RETWEETED BY JAMAT ‘UD’ DA’WAH
    JUD Karachi @KarachiJUD • 28m
    One nation One slogan
    Long live #Pakistan Army
    #PakistanSolidityMarch
    Banners giving voice to #Karachi sediments pic.twitter.com/LyJfG2OgM9

    https://twitter.com/JuD_Official

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    Abdul Nishapuri

    Sethi’s cocern, as is clear towards the end of this clip, is not the attack on Hamid Mir, by TTP-ASWJ or their alleged masters in Aabpara, his concern is that while Geo has already apologized on its alleged excesses, army/ISI too should not try to block or ban Geo in DHA and other areas.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10202298050112448

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    Abdul Nishapuri

    Pakistan media and bloggers either ignore or fail to explain why JuD is attacking Hamid Mir/Geo while ASWJ-LeJ is supporting him.

    This also shows that many (not all) journalists and activists around are either incompetent or compromised.

    Clue: This is a case of good Wahhabis/Salafis vs bad Deobandis.

    Good Jihadists are those who remain loyal to the mother of all agencies. Bad jihadists are those who remain loyal to their takfiri ideology.