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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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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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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) on Friday took notice of the leaked video clip pertaining to mid-break discussion by Dunya TV hosts during Malik Riaz’s interview,

The SC has summoned the record of the off-air clip from Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) by afternoon.

It is pertinent to mention that behind the scenes footage showing Dunya TV hosts Mubashir Lucman and Mehr Bokhari talking to Riaz during their show has surfaced on YouTube and some mainstream TV channels under the title ‘Malik Riaz Planted Interview with Mehar Bokhari and Mubashir Lucman on Dunya TV’.

It establishes the connection of the prime minister’s son with the whole Malik affair, attempt of Mian Nawaz Sharif’s daughter to get a favourable comment from Malik Riaz.

The involvement of the owner of Dunya TV cannot be ruled out in this conspiracy, as there were strict instructions from him to the anchors not to interrupt Malik Riaz. Mian Amir was also named by Lucman that he had pressurised him to conduct the show.

It is worth mention here that Mian Amir is considered close to the government circles and his television channel is getting more share than its ranking from the government ads.

There are two videos, in one of which Mubashir Lucman is seen receiving a call on his cell phone from Ali Qadir Gilani, son of Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, and Mubashir told him that Riaz Malik was not letting him name Hamid Mir, the known Geo TV anchor. Later Lucman gave his phone to Malik Riaz, and then PM’s son and Riaz Malik talked to each other.

During the mid-break ‘planning’, Mehr Bokhari told Malik Riaz that she would ask questions relating to the chief justice and Arsalan Iftikhar as Arsalan has told her that he never met Malik Riaz. Malik Riaz agreed.

Malik Riaz also asked the so-called anchors that he wanted to readout some documents, which later turned out to be orders of the Supreme Court against him.

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Karachi:  Geo TV anchor Najam Sethi has reportedly served legal notice on Dawn TV anchor Talat Husain for leveling false allegations against him.

Talat who appeared very frustrated in his show which he conducted on Bahria Town property tycoon Malik Riaz the other day he took on Sethi for his relations with Riaz.

Out of sheer frustration he directly accused Sethi of taking favours from Malik. He said Sethi’s chiria (sparrow) in fact is Malik Riaz from whom he takes all the information of the power corridors.

Talat did not stop here. He said like Sethi many others anchors and journalists would try to absolve Riaz of the scam because they had a lot of favours from him.

In his ‘professional’ reporting Talat in his hatred of Riaz and Sethi he had established that poor Dr Arsalan Iftikhar (CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry’s son) was trapped by Riaz by giving Rs400 million or more.

The poor baby of the CJ came to know his mistake after spending half of the amount in European destinations and their colourful night clubs. All evidence is with Riaz, believes Talat.

Sethi rebutted Talat’s allegations in his program saying “he is jealous of me and Geo” . “Talat’s program rating on Dawn TV is very low and to raise it he is taking on personalities like me,” Sethi said.

Talat believes that Sethi and adviser to interior ministry Rehman Malik had gone to London to give evidence they were provided by Riaz to journalist Christina Lamb who is going to publish the real story in British press in coming Sunday.

Riaz reportedly will continue to feign his ‘illness’ in London to avoid appearance in the Supreme Court.

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