Ahmad Rashid’s account of a corporatist Media group’s alleged victimhood is comically is rife with irony- Riaz Malik

 

 

ذرا تصور کریں آپ نیویارک میں ایک صبح بیدار ہوں اور نیویارک ٹائمز نہ ہو، اخباروں کے سٹال بند ہوں اور ہاکر سڑکوں پر نہ ہوں۔ کچھ ایسا ہی کئی پاکستانیوں کے ساتھ ہو رہا ہے کیونکہ پاکستان کا سب سے بڑا انگریزی اخبار ڈان ان کی ناشتے کی میز پر نہیں آ رہا۔ پاکستان میں 25 جولائی کو ہونے والے پارلیمانی انتخابات کے لیے بڑے پیمانے پر ٹی وی چینلوں، اخبارات اور سوشل میڈیا کی سینسرشپ کا سٹیج ترتیب دیا جا رہا ہے۔

 

 

Ahmad Rashid’s account of a corporatist Media group’s alleged victimhood is comically is rife with irony This pathetic tactic is simply an extension of deflecting Nawaz Sharif’s corruption, mis governance and murder charges by misrepresenting him as a “victim of the establishment”! How can Ahmad Rashid maintain a straight face peddling this rubbish? Has he not seen Shahbaz Sharif publicly going against the policy of falsely blaming the army?

Ahmad Rashid’s account of a corporatist Media group’s alleged victimhood is comically is rife with irony

This pathetic tactic is simply an extension of deflecting Nawaz Sharif’s corruption, mis governance and murder charges by misrepresenting him as a “victim of the establishment”!
How can Ahmad Rashid maintain a straight face peddling this rubbish? Has he not seen Shahbaz Sharif publicly going against the policy of falsely blaming the army?
DAWN news is still available across the length and breath of Pakistan. Unlike LUBP, its website is still active. And as for pressure, Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz themselves denied their earlier leaks to Dawn’s resident PML N propagandist, Cyril Almeida.
These bizzare narrations of False victimhood by DAWN remind one of similar allegations made by some PTM supporters of not getting “media coverage”
This was after regular, weekly articles blindly supporting PTM and uncritically rehashing its talking points were published multiple times in NYT, DW, WaPo, BBC, HuffPost and Yahoo News! Even DAWN was carrying 24 hour front page coverage of PTM while some of its contributors were fictionalising about PTM being “blacked out in the media”!
The problem with these false victimhood narratives is that they rebound and backfire. International Urdu services like the BBC have suffered significant drops in their audience ever since they decided to uncritically present the PML N point of view. This is the cost of eschewing objectivity and cannot be blamed on others.
Ahmad Rashid should know. In 2011, he was part of a notorious Elite foreign policy report jointly funded by the Jinnah Institute/ISI and USIP. This report recommended a greater role for Mullah Omar and the Haqqani network in Afghanistan.

In 2015-16, Ahmed Rashid rehashed the talking points of the Saudis and US Neocons in a sectarian baiting piece in favour of Al Qaeda in Syria. This was published in the Friday Times.
Nawaz Sharif is spouting Anti establishment rhetoric even as he flees accountability for his massive corruption and possible convictions. His chorus line of sponsored writers only loose their credibility when they exaggerate and lie about press freedoms as a red herring to deflect from the short comings of their patron

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