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Media Trying to Defame Imran Khan PTI

Pakistan is going through very difficult & challenging times nowadays. The people of Pakistan are dying every day due to unemployment, terrorism, fake medicines and inflation. State institutions, such as PIA, Pakistan Railways, OGDC, Power Generation, etc. are on the verge of collapse. Total public debt of Pakistan has risen from Rs 6 trillion in June 2008 to Rs11 trillion by end of first quarter of the current fiscal year 2012, showing an increase of 82 per cent. In 2011, Pakistan ranked at number 12 in the top Failed States Index of the United States think-tank Fund for Peace.

In this time of gloom and despair, the people of Pakistan have turned to Imran Khan, an honest and upright man who has struggled alone in the political ground for 15 years to make a name for himself and his party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, and has always talked of justice, self-respect and equality for all the people of Pakistan. Although Imran Khan’s agenda of meritocracry, taking taxes from the rich & poor alike, bringing back the looted money of Pakistan, and asking overseas Pakistanis to invest and bring their capital to Pakistan is very clear to Pakistani people who have shown their support by attending his rallies in hundreds of thousands, Pakistanis media is unable to understand PTI’s agenda. Pakistani media criticized Imran Khan by saying that his party doesn’t have an agenda and initially also stated that his party is inexperienced. Now that seasoned politicians from other parties have started joining PTI after accepting PTI’s agenda, media accuses Imran Khan of taking other parties’ leaders. So, PTI is facing unjust criticism from the media for every move that they make. Our media does not criticize PML (N) & PPP when they take leaders from PML (Q) in their parties, but PTI has to go through harsh criticism if they do the same. Additionally, PTI is being criticized in the media for their agenda of bringing change to the country while other parties like PML (N) who have also copied this slogan of PTI are being appreciated for talking about change.

Moreover, Imran Khan is the only leader of a major political party in Pakistan who comes in live political shows and answers the questions and criticism of media anchors. The other party leaders, including Asif Zardari, Nawaz Sharif, Chaudhry Shujaat, Asfandyar Wali, etc never come on live shows, preferring instead to record interviews from the comfort of their drawing rooms. If the above-mentioned leaders give interviews to any channel, the anchor seems to be intimidated by them and never questions them like s/he questions Imran Khan who has never been in a ruling party. This is indeed strange because media people should rigorously question leaders from the ruling elite who have forced our nation to new levels of poverty and corruption. A majority of Pakistani media seems to be supporting parties who want to maintain the status quo and seem to be opposing the change that Imran Khan promises. The question arises, is the media really biased against Imran Khan or do anchors have political agendas as well?

References:
http://www.dawn.com/2012/02/03/govt-admits-violating-debt-act.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Failed_States_Index
http://www.transparency.org.pk/pub/publications.php

    • Takeitezz
    • February 23, 2012
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    100%  true.. i really appreaciate your column

    • Usman Masood
    • February 22, 2012
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    The media is busy trying to keep everyone happy. They have a show that favors PTI, and another that favors PML-N., and another that favors PPP, and another that only attacks PTI.

    The most obvious one would be Sana Bucha's show, where she attacks PTI based on their "online" supporters language. I mean its the internet for crying out loud, everyone is anonymous so please!!!!She chooses to ignore the way Rana Sana talks, she chooses to ignore how a kid gets beaten up in a PML-N jalsa. She is such a sap. Nuff said.

    And ofc we have Kamran Shahid, who instead of letting Imran Khan finish what he has to say, quickly moves on to the next question.

    And all this while, no other political leader comes onto a live show and faces the volley of tough questions the way Imran Khan does.

    Vote PTI, Vote for Change, If they fail, we never vote for PTI again, its that simple.

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       Thank you Usman for sharing your feedback. Its very logical and media did do some good things as well. The point is we are observing a large scale campaign to some how prove that PTI is not the party of change. Which is a big lie.

    • Clockwise
    • February 22, 2012
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    I don't think media, at most part, is doing this by any design. Yes, there are few blacksheeps, but that will exist in any party, culture, institution etc. The problem is our media anchor are not visionary, and unable to see the bigger picture. It is also true that change is not easy, and PTI will always confront such problem. It important to consider that in coming days PTI will get even more criticism in all directions. PTI has to make itself stronger enough to resist it. And, I hope it will do with all our support. But, write!

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       Thank you professor for sharing your thoughts. I agree there are some good people in media as well. However our mainstream media is in a habit to design theories and their so called experts can lie as well to prove their wrong right. Just take for an example the comedy shows, they make fun of all politicians including Imran Khan. Firstly they should have some limits as well, secondly I don't think Imran as a person and as a politician is even comparable with other party leaders. Our leader is a national hero and others are national criminals.

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    Imran Khan is the only leader at this time who can control armed forces, establishment, different departments, including the people of Pakistan. Just because he is honest himself, and he is not corrupt. Just his personal character is the guarantee that Imran can. His team, new or old, we don't know them, its all about Imran Khan and his mission to fix Pakistan. 

    • Anonymous
    • February 21, 2012
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    i think imran khan is the right politician to reviw pakistan out of coma nd should be given a chance i travelled to pakistan from london last week nd found out that people r prepaired to give pti a chance nd hope press nd media will give him a chance i suspect nawaz sharif can be any better now then 13 years ago he surrendered his mandate his mandate to Musharaf which proves he is incompetent.

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       I agree Ijaz, most of Pakistanis (up to 70% to 80%) in and out of Pakistan are ready to vote for Imran Khan's PTI.

    • Kashif Raza
    • February 21, 2012
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    Media is sending out messages like Imran Khan has changed and this & that. Its just the start of PTI Tsunami – picture abhi baki hay dost! 

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