“Responsible optimism” is the catchy title of an article that I read today in my ‘favourite’ newspaper, The News (of Jang Group!).
According to the byline, Mr Mosharraf Zaidi, the author of the article, “advises governments, donors and NGOs on public policy.”
According to another source (PBS): “Mosharraf Zaidi is an American-educated Pakistani analyst and policy development adviser. He has worked as both a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) contractor on education and as an adviser to the British government’s development arm.”
I really hoped that the article will contain both elements, i.e., responsibility and optimism for the new year.
However, I was a bit disappointed to see that both elements were carefully manipulated in the said article.
Based on my critical reading of the article, I have identified the following few guidelines for (continuing) the irresponsible journalism in Pakistan in 2011. Feel free to criticize or add more points as you deem fit.
Charter of Irresponsible Journalism in Pakistan in 2011
- Treat Azhar Abbas (the man behind Geo TV, the puppet master of Shahid Masoods, Ansar Abbasis, Hamid Mirs etc) as a manifestation and affirmation of the Pakistani media’s evolving maturity and internal accountability
- Never mention or condemn the ISI, Taliban, Sipah-e-Sahaba as responsible for killing more than 5,000 Pakistanis in 2010. Only vaguely point towards an invisible hand, the real killers MUST remain unidentified.
- Never remember Shias, Barelvis, Ahmadis etc killed by the State in 2010. There is no need to spread further ‘sectarianism’ in the land of the pure.
- Mention IDPS from Swat but never remember those from Parachinar who remain blockaded by Pakistan military and their good Taliban of the Haqqani network
- The military state is not killing Baloch nationalists, there is only ‘ethnic strife’ in Balochistan
- Always highlight and lament politicians’ disgraceful behaviour but never talk about the disgraceful behaviour of our generals, judges and journalists (Teen Jeem). You are allowed to speak in vague terms.
- Keep saying “The Noon League is done with its days as a proxy of the military establishment” as long as Shahbaz Sharif is having good relations with ‘media advisers’. Never mention PML-N’s links with the Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
- Never disclose how much money you received as a media advisor or consultant in 2010 and from whom.
- Keep mixing truth with lies to safeguard the real stakeholders’ interests. IT WORKS!