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"Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong; they are the ones to attain felicity".
(surah Al-Imran,ayat-104)
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Sub Ghaddar Hain ……. Sub Bhikay Hue Hain

May Allah Save Our Home Land & our Nation  ( Ameen SUM AMEEN ).

INSHAALLAH

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 Reply:   PTV suspended two journalists
Replied by(Noman) Replied on (11/Feb/2010)
The state-run PTV has taken stern action against two of its journalists who appeared in pictures of a private party at the residence of US ambassador in Pakistan.
PTV suspended two journalists

 
PTV journalist Saghir Naqqash [Left] suspended for visiting a foreign embassy without prior permission. His colleague Shakeel Awan [Right-in black suit] faces similar action.

 
The state-run PTV has taken stern action against two of its journalists who appeared in pictures of a private party at the residence of US ambassador in Pakistan.
The pictures, posted on Facebook by an American diplomat in December, were widely circulated, mainly because they showed several prominent TV journalists and talk show hosts drinking, dancing and having a good time with US Embassy Staff.

PTV’s management suspended senior producer Saghir Naqqash and an inquiry committee is contemplating similar action against Shakeel Awan, also a senior producer.

Government employees are not allowed to meet foreign diplomats without prior permission and only if their job descriptions justify such meetings. PTV is a state-owned television network. It is the only one so far to have taken action on the controversy over the leaked pictures. Other TV stations, including Aaj, ARYOne, Samaa News and Dawn News, all privately-owned, are not known to be contemplating similar action.

In May 2009, Pakistan Foreign Office warned government employees to avoid attending private gatherings at foreign diplomatic missions if they have no business being there and only after obtaining permission from their superiors. The order came after a US diplomat and an Indian diplomat arranged a private meeting with a group of senior Pakistani federal government bureaucrats at a private house. Critics accused the US diplomat of covertly facilitating contact between an Indian diplomat and Pakistanis working in important government positions, including one working as an administrator in the office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan. The episode had the word ‘espionage’ written all over it.

Apart from the two PTV journalists, who basically did nothing wrong except violate government rules of business, there was at least one Pakistani TV journalist at the party who is accused of peddling information provided to her by US diplomats.


Saima Mosin[Left-in red] from Dawn News is accused of conducting at least one TV show where she blantantly sided with US embassy against Dr. Shireen Mazari, a renowned defense analyst and longtime critic of US policies. Dr. Mazari was a victim of US embassy’s bullying when Ambassador Patterson tried last year to block her widely-read newspaper columns.

While the pictures from the party were harmless, they raised concern about how impartial Pakistani journalists can be in covering the news of US interfernece in Pakistani politics, which is a hot issue here, especially when the US footprint has expanded in recent months thanks to the entry into the country of tens of private US defense contractors, similar to those active in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Last year, a senior independent journalist Syed Talat Hussain accused the US embassy of recruiting “a motley crew of former diplomats, retired generals, socialites, slick civil society begums, self-styled analysts, businessmen, journalists, and now also lawyers” and said individuals in this group “are the darlings of the US embassy staff.”

For more information on Ambassador Patterson’s combative diplomacy,  For a checklist of illegal activities of private US defense contractors in Pakistan under diplomtic cover of the US embassy,


 
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