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Karachi: After leaked video fiasco, Malik Riaz (MR), the real estate tycoon, has become active on Facebook to gain public support through presenting his philanthropic activities for the welfare of poor masses.

An official fan page titled “We Support Malik Riaz Hussain” created on June 15 which attracted nearly 3,000 likes in a day thanks to advertisement.

The page portrays Malik Riaz as heroic figure of the country having his various snaps for the masses welfare activities. It is also filled up with the opinion pieces and article written in his favour by prominent journalists and analysts in leading newspapers.

The FB page also contains material which demeans Chief Justice of Pakistan Chaudhry Iftikhar Muhammad for his involvement in the corruption of his son Dr Arsalan Chaudhry.

Besides the documents (bills) were also uploaded which were evidences upon which TV anchors of different news channels had earlier conducted their talk shows

It also contains post of editorial written by his friend Najam Sethi on the prevailing issue in Friday Times.

It seems that a dedicated team of social media activists or professionals was hired to cultivate a public opinion in the favour of MR through FB pages while criticizing CJP’s son involvement in the corruption.

The MR introduction written on the FB page is

“Pakistan’s Leading Real Estate Developer & Philanthropist. Entrepreneurship has itself found new meanings in the work of Malik Riaz. Because of his philanthropic initiatives, he is being dubbed as the Warren Buffett of Pakistan.”

Malik Riaz Hussain, Founder and Ex Chairman , is a real force behind Bahria Town, started in the 1980s as a small-time contractor. As competitors targeted the rich, he built for the emerging middle class, becoming one of Pakistan’s richest developers.

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After the leaked videos of Mubasher Lucman and Meher Bukhari’s live show with Malik Riaz became public via YouTube. A feeling of confusion and mistrust has taken over the country. It wasn’t just the leaked footage that manifested this political sandstorm which has forced every powerful and influential man or woman in Pakistan to sit duck and let it pass.

Breaking this newly formed pattern, one of the most senior journalist of Pakistan, Kamran Khan went live on TV last night and gave his point of view about the “MediaGate” scandal.

On his live TV show Aaj Kamran Khan Kay Saath, Kamran Khan denied the allegations that he has been paid by the real estate kingpin, Malik Riaz, who is the owner of Bahria Town Housing Scheme and accuser, in Arsalan Iftikhar graft case.

Kamran Khan kicked off by firstly suggesting that the people of Pakistan should calm down and grab this window of opportunity to hold everyone accountable once in for all.

He said, “Why not start with accountability of media first” followed by clipped recordings of the leaked footage of Meher-Lucman show.

He presented key parts of the leaked footage in his show where Meher and Lucman are clearly seen taking instructions from both PPP and PMLN “spin-doctors”, while repetitively trying to exceed each other in Malik Riaz’s good books.

After airing the footage Kamran Khan said that, “as media representative, our heads are held down in shame.”

With a smirk-like tone of voice Kamran Khan aired a key moment in the footage where Meher Bukhari refers to him and his colleague Hamid Mir by saying that she didn’t care  what the “Hamids and Kamrans” were getting (as bribe).

Kamran Khan then proposed Accountability of every institutions, claiming that a better opportunity will not come again.  He said that Media should be held accountable first and that he presents himself for accountability before anyone else.

He proposed that the time has come when Media, Lawyers, Politicians, Judges and Army Generals should be accountable for their actions. He went on to claim that he is willing to be the first media personality to submit his own financial records and even of people related or close to him.

He also mentioned that people will be gravely shocked if he revealed the names of journalists who claimed to fight against dictators, but at the same time were having the time of their life by going on foreign trips with the same dictators.

Kamran Khan went on to suggest a board of people who will judge and hold everyone accountable. He proposed the names of former Supreme Court judge, (retd) Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid, (retd) Justice Fakhruddin Ibrahim and former Foreign Minister Dr Mubashir Hassan.

Kamran Khan assured his fans and followers that he was innocent of the allegations brought against him and proclaimed that if every media personality was held accountable a very few would turn out to be “cleaner” than him. However he did not talk about or mention the list.

The list that features names of 19 most senior journalists of Pakistani News Television industry, also includes Kamran Khan’s name in it. Names of nineteen senior-journalists are in that list along with the alleged payments and “gifts” given to them supposedly in return for Media related favors by Bahria Town owner Malik Riaz.

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A full court meeting of the Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry held here in Islamabad on Friday.

During the meeting, Supreme Court Registrar Faqir Hussain briefed the meeting about the controversial TV interview of real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, the main character of country’s one of the biggest ever scandals.

The Registrar told the meeting that the interview was an attempt to defame the apex court while prime minister’s son Abdul Qadir Gilani also telephoned in the middle of the interview. He said the video footage showed planted questions were asked during the interview.

Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (PEMRA) Chairman Abdul Jabbar was also present during the meeting. The unedited video played in the meeting.

The Chief Justice asked what could he done into matter as the Court was being vilified on TV channel. He said the conspiracy against the court had exposed. ” Even parliament cannot discuss the court,” he said.

“Wasn’t there any violation, it is very serious issue,” the CJ quizzed the PEMRA chief.

Jabbar told the meeting that the PEMRA took action against channels if it received complaints.

 

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Hamid Mir accuses that Malik Riaz purchased the air time on the media and provided to PMLN in 2008 election campaign. Ch. Nisar says he doesn’t know it. Watch the following video from 8:45 onward

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Islamabad: Brushing aside allegations of receiving money from real estate tycoon , Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said;  I take oath on Quran i never get even a penny from Malik Riaz.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, Khan said categorically denied that any of his party member  had taken money, reasoning if it happened he must have known that.

The cricketer-turned politician said he would not let  the judiciary  to be toppled. Khan said  a  politician, sitting in Rawalpindi, should be ashamed of levlleing baseless allegations.

Khan further said  President Asif Ali Zardari had appointed Hussain Haqqani as ambassador to US and he was also involved in memo conspiracy.

The PTI chief also spoke against war against terror, saying no issue could be resolved through war.

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ISLAMABAD: Business tycoon Malik Riaz, speaking with reference to the Dr Arsalan Iftikhar suo motu case, on Tuesday claimed that he did not give any bribes to anyone but rather was blackmailed.

Riaz, who had earlier appeared before the Supreme Court to hand over his statement, was speaking to the media at a hotel in Islamabad.

“Blackmailers were sent after me. Where should I go? Why was I pushed against the wall?” Riaz questioned.

Riaz said that despite being blackmailed, he continued to “bear” the trouble to avoid destroying his credibility and his career. “I cannot see this country collapsing. I have helped built it.”

He further claimed that there is no free judiciary in the country and it is being run by a ‘don’. “Arsalan Iftikhar is the don. But I still respect the chief justice.”

“Even today I respect the chief justice. Even today, I have submitted my reply in written to the court and I stand by my statement,” Riaz said, adding that he even wrote a book in 2007 in favour of the chief justice during Musharraf’s tenure. “I also offered him my bullet-proof vehicle.”

Riaz, holding a pocket Holy Quran in one hand, questioned Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry before the media. “I have come here with the Holy Quran, just like the chief justice did. I have three questions for the chief justice.”

As his first question, Riaz asked the chief justice to tell the nation how many times they had met during the night, and if his son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar did not know him. “Was he not there in the meetings?” He further asked the chief justice to disclose how many times the prime minister and the CJ met at his partner Ahmed Khalil’s residence.

“Place this Holy Quran in front of you and tell the people: for how long have you not known about this? Why did you not take a suo motu then? Why did you take a suo motu only when the media broke the news?”

“Call me for contempt or send me to jail. I’m ready to die. I’m not afraid of the jails,” Riaz said, while promising that he will disclose more facts in “due time”.

A perturbed Malik Riaz later left the press conference after telling media persons that he had disclosed what he had to for today.

‘Riaz met CJ when judiciary was deposed’

Supreme Court Registrar Dr Faqeer Hussain, in response to Riaz’s press conference, clarified that the meetings between Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Riaz were held at the time when the judiciary was deposed, reported Express News.

Supreme Court registrar further defended the chief justice by saying that when Riaz had offered his bullet-proof car, the chief justice turned down the offer. Hussain added that Riaz tried to force the chief justice into meeting President Asif Ali Zardari, but he refused it as well.

A suo motu was taken by the chief justice against Iftikhar and Riaz, following media reports that Iftikhar had received between Rs300 and Rs400 million from Riaz to influence judicial proceedings. The chief justice had summoned his son to the court, and had later detached himself from the bench.

 

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Riaz’s speech his own point of view, not mine, says Bukhari.

ISLAMABAD: In a meeting held prior to hearing the day’s cases, the Supreme Court decided to summon the record for the press conference that business tycoon Malik Riaz held in defiance of the apex court, Express News reported on Wednesday.

As a result of the meeting, hearing of all cases began at 10am.

Riaz, on Tuesday, defied the court by holding a press conference pertaining to the Arsalan Iftikhar case.

With a pocket-sized copy of the Holy Quran in his hand, Malik Riaz hurled serious but contradictory charges against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and his son.

He also claimed that there was no free judiciary in the country, saying that it was being run by a ‘don’, namely Arsalan Iftikhar.

Riaz had posed three questions to the chief justice, while daring the court to call him for contempt or to send him to jail.

Riaz’s speech his own point of view, not mine: Bukhari

Malik Riaz’s counsel, Zahid Bukhari, while speaking to the media distanced himself from Riaz’s press conference held earlier, saying that he was bound only by the written statement he had presented in court and that Riaz’s speech yesterday was his own point of view.

“I am a part of the court’s proceedings. The answers and lawful objections were raised by me and I own them too,” said Bukhari, adding that as far as the press conference was concerned, it was “not conducted on any legal directives” by him.

“The points of view Malik Riaz gave there were his own and as you must have seen, I refused to answer any questions there.”

Upon being asked if this could lead to Riaz being held in contempt of court as he had discussed a case which was still being heard, Bukhari said, “No. If that is how it is then I can be held in contempt of court too”.

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