By Dr Shahid Qureshi :-
No one is talking about the direct and indirect funding of foreign agencies in Pakistani media. For Pakistani security establishment that seems to be Ok? As their number one problem are madrassas and uneducated Mullahs. That is good misdirection to the mafia growth, money laundering and terrorist funding by the banks who are directly involved in running doggy bank accounts or running models like Ayan Ali for money laundering.
Apart from Billions state and foreign funding into private media it has failed to make even one international standard TV news channel like Turkish TRT, Chinese CGTN, or USA’s CNN or BBC or Russian RT? That is why Pakistan lost international media war as there was no one to fight its corner. Why?
Pakistani media has received far more direct and indirect foreign funding than all the charitable donations to over 30,000 Madrassas with over 2 million poor and needy students. In past 17 years the corrupt Bureaucracy of Pakistan has betrayed its people (a) under funded education (b) Ghost Schools fraud (c) clouding with private schools’ owners and destroyed the state schools and education.
They misdirected people of Pakistan and world with the narrative that Pakistan’s number one problem are Madrassas. Well that is not the case as Pakistan’s number one problem is the corrupt police and dishonest bureaucracy. Pakistan army lost 16000 soldiers and 70000 civilians not because of Madrassas but because of total betrayal and corruption of police, bureaucracy.
Media Funding by foreign agencies should also stop as it is more damaging to the state of Pakistan both economically and ideologically. The mushrooming of TV channels and hyper and untrained media staff are more problematic than any solutions. They are shaping and promoting foreign agenda.
Few days ago media reported that: “Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced launching a massive crackdown on money laundering, saying that a law to this effect is being prepared.
Finally, the over 4500 dual national civil servants in police, intelligence agencies and other departments are damaging more to Pakistan than some Madrassas. The very existence of the madrassas is a proof of the total failure of the state school education system and corruption by bureaucracy who ran Ghost Schools and over 85000 Ghost employees. That is the root cause of increase in 16000 military deaths and over 70000 civilian killings in so called war on terror as while army was fighting these civil servants were supporting land mafias and terrorist finance rings. It is time to root off these evil cancers otherwise no change will come in the system.
Time to fight war against corruption.
(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 Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ also studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University and visiting professor in Hebe University in China)
Views expressed are not of The London Post.