By Dr Shahid Qureshi – Chief Editor:-
I received a very worrying call from a fellow journalist based in Islamabad now, who told me about the kidnapping of Nasrullah Khan Chaudhry senior journalist and activist at Karachi press club. Well obviously, ‘I asked him some difficult questions about the man in question for example, have you checked with his family about his activities as I did not want to jeopardize may be an ongoing operation of unknown ‘sister agency’. He said: most senior police officer of the province told him: ‘he is with the sister agency’. I hope this sister is not among the KGB, MI6, FSB or CIA?
I wrote on 21 July 2018 in my article “International Media War launched on Pakistan – who paid the lobbyists?”, “Arl Bernstein revealed that “around 400 American journalists were actively working with the CIA. The New York Times even had a contract with the CIA under the terms of which journalists could be “loaned” to the CIA at any time”. So what’s wrong with you?
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The problem with some Pakistani security agencies is that they still think like a ‘Royal Indian Police’ of 1857 as they borrow most of their rocket scientists from the police service. They shot in their own foot before taking into their mouth. Karachi where over 30,000 killed in day light under the nose of these scientists in the law enforcement. Ok you have got something on him which you need to ask him (kidnapped journalist). Common sense would be to call him somewhere and ask him? No. This habit of creating such a big fuss and delusion of grandeur never helped. Remember Lal Masjid operation? It was a controlled and confined space which could be dealt with differently but no. I would very humbly suggest all the sister agencies to please follow the due process of law if you need media to help build Pakistan’s soft image. Don’t make one step forward and three steps backward.
Earlier Pakistani media reported that a “senior journalist was allegedly taken away by law enforcement agencies from his home in Karachi on Saturday, according to media organizations. Nasrullah Khan Chaudhry, a senior journalist associated with Urdu-language daily Nai Baat, was ‘detained’ by security personnel following a raid on his residence on Saturday morning. His whereabouts are not known, said a statement issued by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ-Dastoor).
An emergency meeting of PFUJ (Dastoor) was held at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Saturday under the chairmanship of its secretary general, Sohail Afzal Khan, and was attended by KPC office-bearers and senior journalists.
The participants expressed their concern over “illegal detention” of Chaudhry and termed it an attack on media freedoms.
The participants were of the view that the detention of the senior journalist was aimed at “sabotaging” the ongoing country-wide protest against the “forcible intrusion and harassment” of journalists by law enforcers at the KPC premises on Thursday night.
“High-handed tactics are being used to harass the journalists who were protesting against the intrusion by armed personnel and violation of sanctity of the KPC two days ago,” the statement said.
The PFUJ has urged the Sindh governor, chief minister, Corps Commander Karachi, director general of Sindh Rangers and the inspector general of Sindh Police to take notice of the harassment of journalists and efforts to undermine freedom of the press. It has also demanded that Chaudhry be released immediately. Journalists bodies have announced a protest against Chaudhry’s ‘detention’ on Sunday outside the KPC.
It is time that Pakistan regularize and stream line its media and accredit its media persons with a professional body like doctors, engineers, lawyers and others to clear out the undesirable elements.
To media also ‘guys no one can ride on your back unless it is bent’.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Azerbaijan April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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