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Two Pakistani Officials Fired For Promoting Indian Propaganda

February 10, 2010

Ahmed Quraishi

You will not believe this. But this happened in Pakistan. And two junior government officials might lose their jobs over this. But with a pro-US government in power in Islamabad, and former employees of Voice of America allowed to steer the nation’s media policy, it shouldn’t be surprising to see a Pakistani mouthpiece promoting Indian spin.

India’s Central Reserve Police Force, used by India’s government to suppress the Kashmiri struggle for freedom, killed a 16-year-old Kashmiri boy the other day.

Nothing new in that. Indians have done worse, like mass graves and genocide. What was unusual here is that Makhdoom Babar Sultan woke up one morning this week in his home in Islamabad to read a clarification in a major Pakistani newspaper issued by the chief of the Indian CRPF assuring readers that Indian occupation police in Kashmir had nothing to do with murdering the 16-year-old, who was last seen throwing stones at Indian soldiers.

Mr. Babar scratched his head.  He was shocked to see who hen he tried to see who wrote the story. It was APP, or the Associated Press of Pakistan, the official news agency.

‘Wait a second’, he said to himself, ‘What is APP doing promoting the viewpoint of Indian occupation forces in Kashmir?’

Pakistanis already know that their government in Islamabad was basically tailored by the Americans and the Brits. No secret in that. The Am-Brits expect this government to push their agenda, which these days includes urgently patching up with India so that the Pakistani people and their military can be convinced to allow Indian soldiers into Afghanistan to help the Americans with their failed occupation there.

But peddling Indian propaganda? That’s going too far.

Unlike the rest of us, Makhdoom Babar is lucky to own a newspaper. So he rushed to his office in the morning to write a story on this, titled ‘APP Starts Promoting Indian Govt’s Kashmir Propaganda’.

Two APP journalists have been suspended and a probe is underway that might lead to some more job losses.

Earlier, two journalists from the state-run PTV were suspended for visiting the US embassy without permission.

When I contacted Makhdoom Babar to get his perspective, he replied with this E-mail note:

“Well, the Associated Press of Pakistan, the APP is the official news agency of the government of Pakistan. the aims and objectives behind running this State news agency is to project the Pakistan government’s view point across the globe and throughout the country as well. The Tax Payers’ money is spent on the functioning of this agency because it is supposed to promote and project national interests. Especially when it comes to the very sensitive issues like Occupation of Jammu and Kashmir by Indian Forces, the role of APP becomes very important and sensitive as well. it is supposed to confront the media propaganda of the Indian government that New Delhi continues to carry on with to cover up the gross Human Rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir by its brutal Forces. Now if APP releases a news item that actually contributes to the promotion of Indian view point over the Kashmir related matters, particularly the HR violations related matters, it is really alarming for every Pakistani and for me, as an Editor, it becomes even more worrying. That is why we published this as a major news so that such things should be taken care of in future and are not repeated. We have not been officially made known about any action taken by the APP over this issue however unofficial channels say that APP has suspended 2 of its workers over the matter and the Managing Director of APP is reported to have ordered a probe to dig out as to how it did happen. We appreciate the action taken by the the head of APP as a responsible head of an institution but at the same time we expect that no one should be made a scapegoat and only those should be warned or punished who were actually responsible for this blooper, deliberately or un-deliberately. It was very important for the head of the APP to have taken an action over the matter so that everyone stands warned and alarmed regarding such matters.”

At least two senior members of the incumbent Pakistani government are former VOA employees who served in Washington, D.C.  Both are directly involved in how Pakistan’s official media outlets operate. Informally, Pakistan’s ambassador to Washington is also considered to have a say in the government’s media strategy, according government officials.

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13 comments

  1. what is hiring and firing

    I dont have a toilet here in india …..you people can talk this hiring and firing bullshit because u have a nice place to shit and wash ur ass

    Look at me ..here in india i shit in my bed …have u ever seen shit lying in ur bed ??

    haan ?…tell me ??

    my cow shits in my living room, i shit in my bedroom ….this whole place is a shit house !

    But now im working on building a VERY big toilet, infact my entire house will be a toilet with a comote in every ROOM !

    Please Donate :

    Ask Jeeves
    420 Gali,
    Ghatia Mohala
    Dharvi, Mumbai, India (South Pakistan)


    • @ask jeeves,

      Please stop it you are pollution this forum with all the filth on every post. I have been reading this nonsense of urs on every post. We should counter the indian rats with argument and not such filth.

      hope u understand.


    • Kya bhaya, Hindu logon ke saath ladthe pagal ho gaya he kya..


  2. Brother,,,,

    stop it man,,,,
    we all kno wot u mean but its gettin annoying for everyone


  3. Man this jeeves dude seems really desperate …:D 😀

    Bad times in India …But a very interesting article for all Indians …who talk about pakistans problems

    In Mumbai cab drivers are being asked to speak marathi or leave the city 😀 :D..lol lol lol

    so much for cohesion in India …one restaurant has gone further and they actually charge you more for food if you dont speak marathi ….hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080929/jsp/nation/story_9902564.jsp

    One more hilarious point is the way indians are infatuated with pakistanis and theyre training skills

    An indian cop actually recommended kasab and his training skills for the Indian Police force…lol lol lol lol lol 😀 😀 😀

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Top-Madhya-Pradesh-cop-hails-Kasab-as-role-model-for-good-training-/articleshow/5528636.cms

    Check it out !

    Dismissed !


    • Maturity arises when people are willing to learn from successes, even though those successes are that of the enemy – and not from voices in their heads. We’ve learnt. Obviously you havent – because you forget that Babur was an Indian ruler.


      • You need to read more about Muslim history before commenting on Muslim rulers. Babur which you are now calling an Indian happened to be of Afghan dissent and was from “KHANDANE GULAMA”. Means one of the slaves who under Muslims would be treated in the best way possible and given education so much so that one day they in fact proved good enough to be rulers. Babur was India’s ruler but not an indian.


      • Plz check your facts.
        Babur was a Mongol from Kabul, who conquered Delhi and annexed it to his empire.


  4. @ ask.jeeves
    haha
    that’s funny.
    but why our country has so many traitors.
    you can easily buy a person in every field.


    • The cause is the lack of ownership for this country. The elite class in our country happens to be no better then the Brahmans in India who think that their family lines give them the God given right to rule others. And our people as a whole are no better then Indians when it comes to personality worship. We still see 100s if not 1000s in police rallies chanting JIYE BHUTTO i.e. worshiping a dead man. How are we any different then Hindus of India worshiping RAM or Ganesh (Dead men of past)?.
      I wish we get more mature politically and take ownership of this country for if we will not then the leaders of this country will sell us out along with all resources of this country for sure.


  5. UK parliamentarians call for withdrawal of Aafia case

    Describing the conviction of Pakistani neuroscientist Dr. Aafia Siddiqui as a miscarriage of justice, parliamentarians in Britain have called for a withdrawal of the case against her and urged her repatriation to Pakistan.

    Lord Nazir Ahmed together with other speakers, said her trial in New York was full of flaws and not based on facts.

    Ahmed said he would be writing a letter to the US President Barack Obama carrying signatures of other British MPs calling for Siddiqui’s repatriation to Pakistan.

    The Labour Peer further said he would also raise this question in the parliament to ascertain how the British Government could help in this regard.

    Lord Altaf Sheikh, MP Muhammad Sarwar, Muhammad Saghir, a representative of Caged Prisoners which represent the inmates of Guantanamo Bay, Rabia Zia of the UK Chapter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, journalist Yvonne Ridley, who witnessed the trial and Barrister Abid Hussain also spoke on the occasion.

    —————–

    An eye opener for our bloody government.


  6. UK parliamentarians call for withdrawal of Aafia case

    Describing the conviction of Pakistani neuroscientist Dr. Aafia Siddiqui as a miscarriage of justice, parliamentarians in Britain have called for a withdrawal of the case against her and urged her repatriation to Pakistan.

    Lord Nazir Ahmed together with other speakers, said her trial in New York was full of flaws and not based on facts.

    Ahmed said he would be writing a letter to the US President Barack Obama carrying signatures of other British MPs calling for Siddiqui’s repatriation to Pakistan.

    The Labour Peer further said he would also raise this question in the parliament to ascertain how the British Government could help in this regard.

    Lord Altaf Sheikh, MP Muhammad Sarwar, Muhammad Saghir, a representative of Caged Prisoners which represent the inmates of Guantanamo Bay, Rabia Zia of the UK Chapter of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, journalist Yvonne Ridley, who witnessed the trial and Barrister Abid Hussain also spoke on the occasion.

    —————–

    An eye opener for our bloody government.


  7. As citizens, we not only need to reject all such elements but also protest in the strongest terms their presence and activities. They only thrive in
    shadows and darkness. lets expose them in all public domains and make sure these traitors are eradicated from our Pak Sar Zameen. Specially the sold out, imported agents of VOA. Inshallah.

    Pakistan Zindabad, Pindabad



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