Have a heart, you are the president, Mr Zardari!

By Shaheen Sehbai

Here is the strongest man in the country so rattled by a few reports and articles by me, or a few talk shows by Dr Shahid Masood, that he forgets to mention anything about the infamous NRO, the shame of the Kerry Lugar Bill, the gross charges of corruption, money laundering or misuse of power against him and his cronies. He did not mention the issues of sugar, atta, electricity and unemployment. He did not praise the soldiers and people fighting the deadly terrorists. He and his few people now sharing power were only worried about their own fate, with the loud spoken Zulfikar Mirza declaring to the world that he would use the Sindh Card, if worse comes to worst. Read the full article here.

President Zadari, instead of discussing the never ending and the ever growing problems being faced by the country, used this political gathering to hit out against some journalists, namely Shaheen Sehbai and Dr. Shahid Masood, calling them “political actors”. This comes just days after he banned Dr. Shahid Masood’s popular talk show, ‘Meray Mutabiq’.

Zardari did not speak out against the Taliban, he did not discuss the problems being faced by the people and nor he discussed the problems being faced by the country. Sitting in the highly fortified President house, it seems perhaps that the President feels threatened by a couple of harmless journalists, who are just performing their duties.

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‘Democratic’ Government Bans Popular Talk Show ‘Meray Mutabiq’

The so called democratically elected government of PPP, which claim to be the champions of democracy and freedom of speech have committed something quite contrary to their usual claims. Yes, we have all heard how the same people came to the rescue when Musharraf had imposed an emergency in the country, banning all private news channels.

But it seems that the PPP government doesn’t want to be left behind, thus they have decide to ban the popular talk show ‘Meray Mutabiq’, hosted by Dr. Shahid Masood, one of the most senior political analysts of Pakistan.

A ban has been imposed on airing of Geo News’ program ‘Meray Mutabiq’ from Dubai.
According to sources, the high government officials of Pakistan exerting pressure on the Dubai government had the airing of the program stopped.

Geo’s administration has said that this step of the government is tantamount to targeting the freedom of expression.

It is worth mentioning here that here Dr. Shahid Masood was the ‘special advisor’ to the Prime Minister until last year, until he resigned from the post.

One doubts the government’s intentions and what it plans to do but the media should carry on its unbiased reporting as it is now, although Javed Chaudhry, Kamran Khan and others should watch out, they could be next on the hit list.

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