Pakistani media in action in front of inactive Parliament.
June 25, 2011 4 Comments
Murder of Saleem Shezad and threats in practical ways to many journalist like him has created an absurd situation in front of parliament where a strong sit- on was held last week and people from all walks of life joined hands and raised their voices against agencies of Pakistan.This murder is being supposed to take place as an example to shut all voices of independent media reporting on successive failures of Pakistan military on matter of internal and external security issues.Although it can’t be agreed fully that Saleem has written anything unusual about army ‘dubious or double role” in this war on terrorism that enraged few agencies and they reacted like that his tortured body was found in outskirts of Jehlum.There are many like him writing against establishment for last many years in their local and national languages but nothing like is done to them.It is sure that matter has more depth than his normal reporting for foreign media as many times Saleem Shezad in his conversation also praised the same establishment which is being considered as his murderer.
- This man might hold on many secrets which become reason of his exemplary killing.Whether the killing was done by state or non state actors , it is clear that he was removed from red zone of Pakistan the most safest area in the posh locality but one should remember this is same city that has also witnessed the shooting of Punjab governor and sitting minister without any check from any LEA deputing their 24hrs for clearing the routes of VIP class of Pakistan.
In a country where no one could have given justice to ex PM of Pakistan even her party is in government for last 4 years so expecting to reach to real killers in his case is very difficult in a land where no one is in mood of taking responsibility of his assigned duty.It looks we are living in country of ostriches or turtles where all hide under sand or shell after asked to define their jobs.
After reading some reports and pages of books of Saleem Shezad this perception comes in mind that he was some kind of “Paid journalist”. He thoroughly accused middle levels of officers rank but exempted all top ranks in which all Kiyani, Tariq majeed and senior diplomats included in this bluff games of war.
In Pakistan the army top brass is only authority genuinely exercised through hierarchical structures. For last 40 years the country’s other institutions — including representative democracy and the legal system didn’t function effectively due to strong interference of determination of army to keep the bridle in their hands, From Zia to Kiyani all did same kind of job and it is to follow the script and by reading articles of Shezad it is clearly showing that this game is providing skin to top brass and blaming middle order officers which is not possible in barrack life.Once you are terminated from the services, no connection is left as working officers while living in army barracks can give support to fired officers and if they would have tried to do so it is so easy to trace them.
His last report on PNS meharn has very weak points what he claimed about influence of jihadi group inside Navy circles.PNS naval attack has no deep conspiracy but show off of incompetency of army emergency handling units and dependency on US and its charitable technology which has become life line of weak and crippled army of Pakistan.The target destruction of P3 orions cant give any kind of benefit to war against Jihads but surely give benefits to few seniors of armed forces and future defense deals that would give high business to US industry.He surely given information about jihadi culture in Navy circles but forget to highlight American influence on senior Navy officers who are living in same bases with social security number of USA .
In his book he declared that the Swat operation by the military was an eye wash and was a tactic to divert attention from the tribal region.
So he is defining through his words that no extremism or terrorism factor was lying behind that massive military operation in Pakistan’s history and a forceful war was in tricky way maneuvered for handling few thousands insurgents in the area.
Shezad also pointed out the killing of general Alvi in such a manner which is also on same line as ISPR wanted to tell public.There are strong chances he was doing the job which was once given to UK based journalist Ms Carey Schofield who at Musharraf’s time was lived in Serena hotel Islamabad for two years for writing what generals were wanted to tell western media.Her all expenses were paid by GHQ and they have a list of known Generals who enjoyed her company while touring her different bases and zones under Pak military control
Poor general Alvi who was fired from his active position by direct order of Musharraf , his killing disturbed that lady journalist due to her strong association with him and his few family members and she left this country with letter of Alvi in which he clearly mentioned the names of two generals who wanted to kill him.That surely annoyed the top brass and then they used different channels of foreign media to hide their omnidirectional political and military bluff games.
This messy war was executed for many reasons which are still hidden from eyes of public.Time would surely prove it was decision of few to project terrorism with all kind of stupidities done on the name of indispensable military operation in one of beautiful valley of Pakistan which all sides lie with in Pakistan. Where the hell these terrorist gangs vanished no body knows as all was sidelined after starting war on other fronts.
Whatever the ill will intentions of Pakistani establishment it is obvious that as deadly consequences of misguided polices it is Pakistanis or Pakistani journalists are becoming victims of both state and non-state actors’ aggressive response.The media men occupies the top slot in terms of journalist killing in South Asia, despite freedom of speech has been declared by our rulers.
19 journalists and one media worker had lost their lives in year 2010, revealing to intolerance of power players .Poor performance of counter terrorism is obvious to all as none of killers have been traced yet while living with reality that we are having one of wide and expensive intelligence network in this war-time.