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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Pakistan delivers but doubts remain, The Only News Not Fit To Print

Syed Saleem Shahzad in Gen Ehsan ul HaQ: Haq eventually ended up at a Washington think-tank, but continued to promote himself in Pakistan, using two of his closest friends - Saiful Islam, a son of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, and Prince Ahmad, the chief of the armed forces of Bahrain. As a rule in Pakistan, foreign companies with investment in Pakistan appoint a non-Pakistani as chairman, with the managing director being Pakistani. However, due to Saiful Adil's influence, Haq was appointed chairman of Pak-Libya Holding Company, which has large investments in Pakistan. This consolidated Haq's clout in Pakistan. Although he is disliked by the incumbent military leadership, Washington used Haq in setting up back-channel dialogue between Pakistan and India.
The Only News Not Fit To Print - But my feeling is that Hashwani or any of his lackeys hasn’t even called anyone to get the story killed. Our media tycoons and their editors (or news directors as they are called in TV channels) seem to have an unwritten code that says that you shall not run a negative story about anyone who advertises. Come to think of it, when was the last time you saw a negative story about Atlas Honda, Dalda, Zong, Standard Chartered, or even Shaan Masala?


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