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Salman Taseer badmouths media, anchorpersons

18 November, 2008

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RAWALPINDI: Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Sherry Rehman on Monday deplored the closure of Private News Channels transmission in Karachi and its suburbs citing some problems at the source of the cable network as the main cause of its going off air.

She was speaking in Private TV’s talk show “Capital Talk”. Clips of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s conversation with Atiqa Odho were also shown by the programme host Hamid Mir wherein the governor vented his anger towards the TV channels saying the media in Pakistan has crossed all limits and become a monster.

Salmaan Taseer said the entire country had come under the clutches of the media, as “it does not let any government work smoothly.”

He went on to say that anchorpersons of these TV channels think of themselves as some godly figures. He said if they (TV anchorpersons) were in the West, they would have long been handcuffed and arrested.

He said the private TV channels disseminate disinformation. He said the anchorpersons do not take care of others’ respect and talk non-sense. They made people dance in front of the camera.

He said in Pakistan there are no Madhuri Dixits, Amitabh Bachans and Aishwarya Rais and that was the reason why these channels are popular among the people. The information minister however struck a different note saying her government did not believe in clamping sanctions on the media. She said there were some elements outside the government who off and on counselled it to bring the media under its control.

The information minister said it was the same day (November 17) last year when TV channels’ transmissions were scuttled by the then dictator Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf. Sherry Rehman said that TV channels had the right to complain and the media freedom was the central point of the Pakistan People’s Party’s philosophy.

Besides Information Minister Sherry Rehman, Karachi Nazim Mustafa Kamal, columnist Irfan Siddiqui and Secretary General Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Mazhar Abbas also participated in the programme.

Mazhar Abbas said besides Geo, another TV channel’s transmissions were also forcibly put off air in Lahore. He regretted that the policy of putting TV channels’ transmissions off air had become a norm. Those with power are closing them down on their personal likes and dislikes, Mazhar Abbas regretted.

He said in Karachi recently, a magazine and a newspaper were banned. The PFUJ secretary general said the media’s job is to point out problems and suggest their solution and it is doing its job responsibly.

Senior columnist Irfan Siddiqui said in Pakistan the media is powerful enough to defend itself. “Today, TV channels are blocked in Karachi but the whole country is condemning this act.” He wondered if the government was not behind this anti-media act then whether it was Baitullah Mehsud or India behind it. He demanded the hidden hand behind closing down TV channels should be exposed. Karachi Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal, talking over telephone, said the MQM opposed the closing down of the TV channels’ transmissions and took serious notice of it.

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Reader Comments:

Now play boy governer

Now, the Paks have this playboy governer extolling the Indian actresses after the prime minister did so.

This governor talks of the west, where such playboy types irresponsibles will never make it up to where he is now in Pakistan.He may as well pack up and go to his loved India, which he bestows so much.Even an Indian man was laughing here in Canada and said as such:

"A WISE ENEMY IS BETTER THAN A FOOLISH FRIEND."

SOME OF THESE LEADERS ARE PUTTING INDIA AHEAD OF EVEN PAKISTAN, LET ALONE CHINA, WHICH PLAYED KEY PART TO SECURE PAKS THROUGH MILITARY, NUCLEAR AND CIVILIAN TECHNOLOGY.

SINGERS HAVE BEEN EXTOLLED BY LEADERS IN THE WEST AND IN THE EAST IN PUBLIC STATEMENTS, BUT NO LEADER EVER SHOWED CRAZE FOR THE HALF NAKED ACTRESSES.EVEN INDIAN LEADERS DO NOT TALK ABOUT AISH OR MADURI OR ANY SUCH THING IN PUBLIC.

AMERICA'S PRESIDENT JOHN KENNEDY WAS MAKING A SPEECH IN LOS ANGELES AND HE SPOTTED AMERICA'S TOP ACTOTORS AND ACTRESSES AND AMERICA'S ALL TIME BEST SINGER NAT KING COLE IN THE AUDIENCE. JOHN KENNEDY NEVER EVEN BOTHERED TO TALK ABOUT AMERICA'S TOP ACTORS PRESENT THERE, BUT HE MADE GOOD BEGINNING PART OF HIS SPEECH WITH LAVISH PRAISE OF NAT KING COLE.BRITISH QUEEN NEVER BOTHERED TO INVITE STARS OF FILM INDUSTRY TO HER PALACE, BUT SHE ARRANGED A COMMAND PERFORMANCE OF NAT KING COLE IN BUCKINGHAM PALACE.

SINGERS ARE EXTOLLED, YES.PRESIDENT ISKANDER MIRZA HAD INVITED PRIME MINISTER NEHRU TO WATCH SOUTH ASIA'S BEST EVER MUSICAL INTEZAR ON THE SIDE LINES OF COMMONWEALTH CONFERENCE IN 1957.IT WAS REPORTED EVEN BY MIRZA THAT NEHRU HAD TOLD HIM THAT HE HAD NEVER HEARD VOICE AS SWEET AS THAT OF NOOR JEHAN IN INTEZAR IN ALL HIS LIFE.

AND EVEN INDIRA GANDHI IS REPORTED TO HAVE SAID ON THE NET AS SUCH:

"TAKE KASHMIR AND GIVE US NOOR JEHAN."

AND IT WAS NOOR JEHAN'S BEST EVER VOICE THAT KICKED OFF INTEZAR PEACE DIPLOMACY THAT CONTINUED TILL NEHRU DIED IN 1964.IT WAS INTEZAR DIPLOMACY AND ABOVE ALL THE MOST PERFECT VOICE OF NOOR JEHAN THAT WAS THE KEY CATALYST IN SIGNING OF INDUS WATER TREATY BETWEEN AYUB KHAN AND NEHRU IN 1960.BESIDES, NOOR JEHAN'S VOICE AND INTEZAR DIPLOMACY EVEN MADE A GOOD SHOT AT SOLVING KASHMIR ISSUE AFTER INDUS WATER TREATY, BUT NEHRU DIED IN 1964.

LEADERS TALK OF SINGERS, BUT DO NOT INDULGE INTO LOVING HALF NAKED ACTRESSES.OTHERWISE THEY ARE DOWN GRADED AS PLAY BOY PM OR PLAY BOY GOVERNOR.

WITH PLAY BOY GOVERNANCE RUNNING AMOCK IN PAKISTAN, PAK MILITARY HAS TO WATCH THE INTEGRITY OF OUR NATION. ALREADY OUR RELATIONS WITH OUR ALL TIME AND ALL WEATHER FRIEND CHINA HAVE BEEN PUT BEHIND RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIA, WHO IS EVEN FINANCING EVERY SUICIDAL ATTACK IN PAKISTAN AND HAS CAUSED 2000 MILITARY AND THOUSANDS OTHER DEATHS.

SERIOUS AND RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE AND MILITARY OF PAKISTAN,, WATCH OUT FOR THESE PLAY BOYS AND TRUCKLERS AND GROVELLERS OF PAKS WORSE ENEMY INDIA.THEY EVEN DID THE SIN OF CALLING KASHMIRIS AS TERRORISTS AND OBAMA HAS HAD TO STEP IN TO TAKE CARE OF SWEET KASHMIRIS SUFFERINGS.

AND CHINA IS TAKING GOOD WATCHFUL CARE OF INDIA AND ITS PAK WORSHIPPERS BY HAVING 10 TO 1 EDGE IN STEEL AND CEMENT PRODUCTION AND FOREX RESERVES AND FOUR TO 1 EDGE IN ENERGY CONSUMPTION THAT WILL SOON ENHANCE AND GIVE CHINA 6 TO ONE EDGE OVER INDIANS.

NOW, I AM RETIRED ENERGY ENGINEER IN CANADA WITH PROJECTS COMINGG EVEN AFTER RETIREMENT. BUT, IN MY MOST RESPONSIBLE DAYS OF 2002-2006 I HAD NO TIME TO EVEN LISTEN TO SONGS AS I WAS TOO BUSY IN DOING WORLD CLASS GAS ENGINEERING PROJECTS AND THAT WORK WAS PUBLISHED IN 2004 IN ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES OF AMERICA'S AND THE WORLD'S VERY BEST PLACES LIKE LAWRENCE REID GAS CONDITIONING CONF IN OKLAHOMA, GAS PROCESSORS OF AMERICA, NACE, KYOTO AND IN US MILITARY PUBLICATIONS.SOME TIMES I WORKED ROUND THE CLOCK AND HAD NO TIME EVEN FOR SONGS AND I WAS NOT EVEN IN POLITICAL POSITION. MINE WAS ALL ENGINEERING AND IT WERE THOSE PUBLICATIONS AND LIFE SANS SONG(FORGET ABOUT THOUGHTS OF HALF NAKED ACTRESSES)THAT I WAS INVITED TO MEET SOME TOP SAUDIS. IN IRAN, I WAS AMAZED TO FIND MYSELF LECTURING FOR DAYS ON GAS ENGINEERING TO THE VERY FIRST IN COMMAND OF NIGC, PIPELINES AND EVEN THE PRESIDENT'S ADVISORY OFFICE IN TEHRAN A YEAR AGO.I AM INVITED AGAIN, BUT NOW WITH PAYMENT ON MY WORK IN US AND CANADA AND MIDDLE EAST.

PEOPLE HOLDING HIGH PUBLIC OFFICE HAVE NO REASON TO TALK THEIR CRAZE ABOUT HALF NAKED ACTRESSES.

SHAME ON SUCH LEADERS.OUR CHERRY SWEET SHERRY MINISTER HAS BEEN RIGHT TO DEFEND THE RIGHT THINGS, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS HER RED LIPS SERVICE IN INDIRECT WAYS.BUT, SHE HAS CONVEYED THE RIGHT MESSAGE TO EXPOSE THOSE PLAY BOY LEADERS.

Anwar Mahmood, Canada - 18 November, 2008

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