Posts Tagged ‘MEDIA GATE’


Rawalpindi: The Anti-Corruption Court of Rawalpindi on Thursday issued arrest warrants for Malik Riaz, the real estate tycoon and main character behind Arsalan Iftikhar case, and seven other accused.

According to The News Tribe correspondent, the court has issued arrest warrants for seven people including Malik Riaz and his son Ali Ahmed Riaz in land corruption case filed in 2005.

Riaz seems to be in the hot water after his botched attempt to malign the Supreme Court of Pakistan by launching serious allegations against the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhamamd Chaudhry.

He is also allegedly involve in another land scam involving Rs 7 billion.


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Islamabad: Mubashir Luqman will host show on Dunya TV today and “answer to all accusations” levelled against him after a video leak, showing off-the-air remarks of a Malik Riaz interview with him and Mehar Bukhari.

Luqman tweeted on Monday that “I am sure a lot people will be shocked who had spread rumors that I had run away to UK to avoid an inquiry. Well I am here.”

He cursed all those people who kept on using abusive language against him on social media and told them to “please go off my time line or I will block you”.

He advised all gossipmongers to “read Quran and see what it says about those who spread rumors”.

When one of his fans told him that he was shocked to see the leaked video and asked Luqman if he was guilty over the episode, the anchor replied: “If I was guilty why would I be back? Why would I not run away? And guilty of what man? Have a heart and wait for the show.”

He said that a lot of people abused him and his family over the past three days and said he felt sorry about that.

He claimed that the video leak was a conspiracy against Dunya TV, as the channel is now dominating its competitors.

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Syed Talat Hussain (Newsnight with Talat, 14th June 2012) exposes the tight links between PML (N), its leardership and business tycoon Malik Riaz ; Maryam Nawaz Sharif sending messages off-record to clarify her brother’s dirt… why didn’t she do that in front of all, on record ? Do you clarify someone just by sending a SMS ? So if Bilawal Zardari Bhutto sends a SMS, his father is clean, right ? Noora Kushti. Again.


COURTESY : Dawn News

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The conspiracy to malign the Supreme Court of Pakistan has ended up with an expose of media after an off the record talk of Mubashir Lucman, Meher Bokhari and Malik Riaz surfaced on the internet.
Mubashir Lucman is very well known in media circles for his contradictory personality.
He was a cabinet member of General Pervez Musharraf and diehard opponent of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Lucman also issued a “Fatwa” against Chief Justice in his show saying the CJ is liable to be killed after May 12 mayhem during Musharraf regime .
He was complete failure in the film industry and used his relations to penetrate in media industry but was not liked by his colleague.
Mr Lucman’s scandal with film actresses Resham and Zara Sheiklh had been doing the round in the media.
Meher Bokhari, who considers herself a bold anchor person, is also well known as people have seen her in the arms of Americans; some say US secret agents, with some other female anchors.
Mubashir was suspended from the TV job after interview with Malik Riaz but, was reinstated through a powerful personality. His career journey from show biz to TV anchor person is also controversial. He started his career from film industry and also produced a film flopped totally. He remained Public Relation officer to Musarrat Misabah. Meanwhile, he got his columns published in newspapers because of some “kind” persons to him and made access to media. He started his regular career in the media as anchor person from the TV channel owned by former governor Salman Tasir (the Late). After that working in a famous TV channel he joined the present TV channel and started program with the name, “Khari Baat”(Bold Talk/ true talk). Due to his alleged dual personality he is not liked much in media. While, in the past being a part of Musharraf’s cabinet he had been criticizes. He has also been under allegations for being agent of the secret agencies.
After the release of the footages of planted interview with Malik Riaz on Internet he is being criticized by public on the social networks like youtube and other sites.

Pakistani anchors must be protesting against drone attacks while partying like they do on TV

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On-air, off-air clips submitted by PEMRA being viewed during a meeting of the full court.

ISLAMABAD: In an attempt at damage control, Dunya TV channel’s management registered a criminal case against ‘unidentifed’ people responsible for publicising off-air footage of a controversial interview with Bahria Town chief Malik Riaz.

The footage went viral on the internet since it was first anonymously uploaded on video sharing website Youtube, showing an off-the-record conversation between television anchors Meher Bokhari and Mubasher Lucman, and Riaz. The footage made public on Thursday made some shocking revelations, including the fact that the entire interview was planted.

The Kohsar police said they registered an FIR on an application filed by Zulfiqar Massi, the administration manager of Dunya TV.

He maintained in his complaint that “unidentified people” had stolen the footage from their Islamabad office in sector F-7/1, which was not supposed to be put on record.

A police official who did not want to be named said the channel’s management did not nominate anyone as a suspect. He hinted, however, that certain names could be put forward as suspects in the future.

The official said though the ‘thieves’ were likely to be people from within the organisation, the possibility that the footage had been stolen by an outsider could not be ruled out either.

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LAHORE – There’s a war raging on in the media. And another in the hearts and minds of the people.
The Malik Riaz-Arsalan graft scandal has brought forth a facet of media that was the last thing on people’s mind, who marveled at the freedom and impartiality exercised by the country’s fourth estate while grinding the politicians for their alleged corruption and indifference towards the people.
Wednesday’s “exclusive” interview of Malik Riaz conducted by fiery Dunya News anchor Meher Bukhari, who a Norwegian founder of a trendy genre of journalism once called the “perfect type of candidate to promote Pakistan”, and Mubashar Lucman, the host of Khari Baat (true talk), was little expected to become for Pakistanis what the atomic bomb was for Hiroshima. While Dunya News spent the day in damage control exercises like downplaying its rival Geo News, claiming how the channel had lied to people at several occasions and backtracked, and talking to the people on the streets who instantly supported Dunya News for its upright stance and morals, all is still not well on the air waves.
Dunya News posted on its website that Geo News was admonished for airing baseless news against the judiciary in Arsalan case order.
Its transmission also kept repeating the following tickers, demonizing Geo News and its anchors:
(1)Hamid Mir was accused by Sheikh Rashid for arranging ‘paid’ programmes.
(2)Hamid Mir and Kamran Khan confessed in writing to the Supreme Court that they aired stories without verification.
(3) Shaheen Sehbai’s interview was uploaded without establishing the authenticity of its contents.
(4) Geo News picked up propaganda campaign against judiciary after Shaheen Sehbai uploaded the interview.

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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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