Dr Shahid Masood and Muhammad Saleh Zaafir of Jang Group of Newspapers have been praising Seymour Hersh and producing his live interview on 10 Nov 2009 because there are some negative comment of Musharraf on Zardari in Seymour's article DEFENDING THE ARSENAL – In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe? by Seymour M. Hersh NOVEMBER 16, 2009 http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/11/16/091116fa_fact_hersh
Watch the interview to learn as to how Editor Shaheen Sehbai of an "allegedly reputable" newspaper and Dr Shahid Masood were trying hard to get something out negative from the mouth of Seymour Hersh and how Seymour again and again deflected both. What a shame. [Video Courtesy: http://www.siasat.pk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=12336]
Shaheen Sehbai, Dr Shahid Masood and Muhammad Saleh Zafir are forgetting the fact that Seymour Hersh's older columns/reports have completely involved Pakistan Army/ISI in the Acts of Terrorism in Iran. REFERENCE: Target Iran: Former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter and Investigative Journalist Seymour Hersh on White House Plans for Regime Change December 21, 2006 http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/06/target-iran-scott-ritter-seymour-m.html Preparing the Battlefield by Seymour M. Hersh. Annals of National Security Source: The New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/07/07/080707fa_fact_hersh The Coming Wars by Seymour M. Hersh What the Pentagon can now do in secret. http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/06/coming-wars-by-seymour-m-hersh.html - The Iran Plans by Seymour M. Hersh - The Iran Plans http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/06/iran-plans-by-seymour-m-hersh.html
Dr. Shireen M Mazar, the resident editor of Daliy Nation Pakistan has opined in her column in Nation dated November 10, 2009, that In Bob Woodward’s book, “Bush at War”, he recalls how when he (Woodward) quoted Hersh to Bush, the latter replied that Seymour Hersh was a liar! Now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) claims Hersh has a well-known “anti-Pakistan” bias. If that is the case, then did the MFA give an official perspective on how much access Hersh should have been given in Pakistan? Did they advise the President to avoid meeting this man or did they give any official brief to the President on what to say to him on sensitive issues? Clearly, the Zardari meeting with Hersh has no reflection of the MFA or any official Pakistani position. Instead, there is a reflection of ignorance with the President declaring that our army officers are “British-trained”! The Hersh Story: Fantasies, Falsehoods And A Forewarning By: Shireen M Mazari Published: November 10,2009 The Nation WWW.AHMEDQURAISHI.COM http://www.ahmedquraishi.com/article_detail.php?id=859
I wonder did Dr Shireen M Mazari advice her former boss General Musharraf [Ms Shireen M Mazari was appointed by General Musharraf for a key postion in an Strategic Think Tank for writing favourable review on Disastrous Kargil Operation] or did she advice General Hamid Gul to not to meet with Seymour M Hersh. Ms. Shireen M Mazari is quoting Bush to declare that Seymour is a Liar. Read what Seymour has to say about Hamid Gul??? Instead of quoting Bush, being a "Senior Analyst" Ms. Shireen M Mazari should have give some valid argument to declare Seymour a Liar. Read what Musharraf has leaked to Seymour in The New Yorker, and also read what Seymour has to say about Hamid Gul. Are Shireen Mazari, Shaheen Sehbai, Dr Shahid Masood, Musharraf and Hamid aware of as to what Seymour Hersh has written about Pakistan's Nuclear Facilities in his earlier columns. REFERENCE: On the Nuclear Edge by Seymour M. Hersh A Reporter at Large http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/05/on-nuclear-edge-by-seymour-m-hersh.html The Deal by Seymour M. Hersh Annals of National Security http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/05/deal-by-seymour-m-hersh.html Watching the Warheads by Seymour M. Hersh Annals of National Security http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/05/watching-warheads-by-seymour-m-hersh.html
High-level coöperation between Islamabad and Washington on the Pakistani nuclear arsenal began at least eight years ago. Former President Musharraf, when I interviewed him in London recently, acknowledged that his government had held extensive discussions with the Bush Administration after the September 11th attacks, and had given State Department nonproliferation experts insight into the command and control of the Pakistani arsenal and its on-site safety and security procedures. Musharraf also confirmed that Pakistan had constructed a huge tunnel system for the transport and storage of nuclear weaponry. “The tunnels are so deep that a nuclear attack will not touch them,” Musharraf told me, with obvious pride. The tunnels would make it impossible for the American intelligence community—“Big Uncle,” as a Pakistani nuclear-weapons expert called it—to monitor the movements of nuclear components by satellite.
Lieutenant General Hamid Gul was the director general of the I.S.I. in the late eighties and worked with the C.I.A. in Afghanistan. Gul, who is retired, is a devout Muslim and had been accused by the Bush Administration of having ties to the Taliban and Al Qaeda—allegations he has denied. “What would happen if, in a crisis, you tried to get—or did not get—our nuclear triggers? What happens then?” Gul asked when we met. “You will have us as an enemy, with the Chinese and Russians behind us.” If Pakistani officers had given any assurances about the nuclear arsenal, Gul said, “they are cheating you and they would be right to do so. We should not be aiding and abetting Americans.” ANNALS OF NATIONAL SECURITY - DEFENDING THE ARSENAL - In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe? by Seymour M. Hersh NOVEMBER 16, 2009 http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/11/16/091116fa_fact_hersh FOR FULL TEXT OF SEYMOUR HERSH SOTRY: DEFENDING THE ARSENAL by Seymour M. Hersh
ANNALS OF NATIONAL SECURITY - DEFENDING THE ARSENAL - In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe? by Seymour M. Hersh NOVEMBER 16, 2009 http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/11/defending-arsenal-by-seymour-m-hersh.html
GEO TV particularly Dr Shahid Masood and Saleh Zaafir have no shame while giving introduction of American Journalist Seymour M Hersh of The New Yorker magazine USA , they praised him [Daily Jang Internet Edition http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/nov2009-daily/10-11-2009/main.htm ]. Not only that Saleh Zaafir also praised Dr Shahid Masood as a Noted Intellectual of Pakistan who has invited a Journalist for a live TV Show who as per Foreign Office " American journalist Seymour Hersh, had quoted “anonymous and unverifiable sources” for his assertions and article, ‘Defending the arsenal – In an unstable Pakistan can nuclear warheads be kept safe’, amounted to “nothing more than a concoction to tarnish the image of Pakistan and create misgivings among its people”. He said Seymour Hersh was known for his anti-Pakistan bias and for writing “sensational stories premised in far-fetched and imaginary scenarios. His latest article is no exception and is, therefore, strongly rejected.” No deal with US on security of N-arsenal: FO Dawn Report Monday, 09 Nov, 2009 07:53 AM PST http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/no-deal-with-us-on-security-of-narsenal-fo-919
DAILY JANG PROMOTIONAL FOR ANTI PAKISTAN PROGRAM ON GEO TV. http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/nov2009-daily/10-11-2009/main.htm
Musharraf spoke of Zardari in harsher words: Hersh Updated at: 1408 PST, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 ISLAMABAD: Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer prize winning journalist, stood by his report containing comments offered by former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf about President Asif Ali Zardari. He disclosed that the former president had given even harsher comments about his successor but in the ultimate scrutiny he made them mild and allowed the remarks that he made part of his article. Hersh will appear in Geo News programme ‘Meray Mutabiq’, at 2:05 pm today (Tuesday). Renowned journalist Dr Shahid Masood hosts the programme. Group Editor of The News Shaheen Sehbai will also participate. It is the maiden interview of the US investigative journalist in the wake of his thrilling write-up in the New Yorker magazine.
Hersh also discussed the role of the US embassy in Islamabad. He said it was the report that was received from the US embassy in Islamabad that highly classified US military and civil-emergency response team was put on alert indicating that a Pakistani nuclear component had gone astray. The team, which operates clandestinely and includes terrorism and non-proliferation experts from the US intelligence community, the Pentagon, the FBI, and the DOE, is under standing orders to deploy from Andrews Air Force Base, in Maryland (Washington), within four hours of an alert. When the report turned out to be a false alarm, the mission was aborted. By the time the team got the message, it was already in Dubai on its way to Pakistan. Hersh made several startling disclosures in the interview with Geo News. Musharraf spoke of Zardari in harsher words: Hersh
Updated at: 1408 PST, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 http://www.geo.tv/11-10-2009/52689.htm
Every one in the present morally, intellectually and financially depleted Pakistan --the print media and its well-entrenched "gurus" among the foremost --- is shouting from the roof top for accountability of every one else.Yet no one has seriously demanded, nor does any one appear to be contemplating, any accountability of the media itself. [Shaheen Sehbai in 2000] Shaheen Sehabi on the Accountability of Media/Press http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/10/shaheen-sehabi-on-accountability-of.html. Who will Bell the Bad, Fat Cats? by Shaheen Sehbai January 5, 2000 REFERENCE: http://www.chowk.com/articles/4687 Please keep one thing in mind while going through the article below that Mr Shaheen Sehbai had complained about the Falling Standards of The News International in 2002 [the standards fell when Mr Shaheen Sehbai resigned during Musharraf's Tenure in 2002] now standard of The News International is again risen since Mr Shaheen Sehbai has agin joined and now it can be compared with The New Yorker/ The Washington Post and The New York Times. Shaheen Sehbai VS Kerry-Lugar Bill & The News International http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/10/shaheen-sehbai-vs-kerry-lugar-bill-news.html
Shaheen Sehabi, Jang Group & Definition of National Interest. http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/10/shaheen-sehabi-jang-group-definition-of.html
Reality Muhammad Saleh Zaafir [Very Special Correspondent of The News International/Jang Group of Newspapers] & Campaign Manager of “Go Get Zardari” Campaign. It is a well known practice all over the world that when there is a case against anybody is in the court, the press is always asked to refrain from reporting on the same.
ISLAMABAD: The 13-member full court of the Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted the unconditional apology of a newsman for filing a report pertaining to the alleged preparation of references against four senior judges of the said bench.
Following is the text of the order issued by the 13-member full court of the Supreme Court after unconditional apology by journalist Muhammad Saleh Zaafir:
“Muhammad Saleh Zaafir, editor special reporting of daily Jang and The News, has entered appearance on our call in connection with the news items appearing in the Rawalpindi edition of the daily ‘Jang’ and daily ‘The News’ on 11th June, 2007, regarding some references being made against four senior hon’ble judges of this Court who, presumably also happen to be the members of this bench. The said news item appeared to be open to further serious exception because such a news item had been published, more than boldly, on the front pages of the said two newspapers on the day when the bench was expected to announce its decision on the maintainability of the petition filed in this court questioning the presidential reference against the chief justice of Pakistan. It may be added that certain insinuation have been made in the said news items pointing towards some alleged misconduct committed by the four un-named senior judges of this Court.
2. Muhammad Saleh Zaafir, who is the reporter of the said news items, when confronted with the same, frankly and honestly conceded that he had made no effort to verify the veracity of the allegations levelled in the said news items before publishing the same nor did he have any proof in support of the contents thereof. He, however, added at the very outset that he had utmost regards and respect for not only the said hon’ble judges of this Court but for the entire judiciary; that he did not have even an iota of doubt about their integrity and character and that reporting the said news items was a grave mistake on his part.
3. He tendered verbal unconditional apologies in open Court and also placed on record his statement to the above noted effect, in writing.
4. The regrets offered by Muhammad Saleh Zaafir, reporter/editor, appear to be sincere and the remorse expressed by him appears to be genuine. In this view of the matter, we do not consider it necessary to proceed with the matter any further except warning him to be careful in future.
5. On our call, Muhammad Afzal Butt, president of the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists, also entered appearance for assistance.
6. The reporting of the proceedings which have taken place in Court in connection with the matter in question shall be made only to the extent that the apology tendered by the said Muhammad Saleh Zaafir shall be published in full and so would be published this order passed thereon. The daily ‘Jang’ and daily ‘The News’, which have published the news items in question, shall publish the apology and this order, prominently, on their front pages. Muhammad Saleh Zaafir undertakes to do the same and has been ordered accordingly.”
Meanwhile, the following is the text of unconditional apology tendered by Muhammad Saleh Zaafir before the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
“I, Muhammad Saleh Zaafir, do hereby tender an unconditional apology to the hon’ble court in relation to the contents of the story that appeared in daily The News/daily Jang on June 11, 2007.
“I have been directed by the hon’ble court to submit any proof in relations to the contents of the said items. I would humbly submit that I have no proof whatsoever in relation to the matter discussed in the said story.
“I keep this hon’ble court in the highest esteem and respect. I can never ever think of bringing about a bad name to the hon’ble court or to any learned judge of the hon’able court. I would submit that I can never think of committing contempt of this hon’ble court.
“I undertake to be careful in future and am ashamed for the publication of the story. I would humbly seek pardon in relation to the grievous lapse. “I pray to the hon’ble court that no further action may kindly be proceeded in relation to the matter. I would entreat that my unconditional apology may graciously be accepted.” REFERENCES: SC warns newsman, accepts apology Wednesday, June 13, 2007 http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=8458 Reporter apologises to SC for ‘baseless report’ Wednesday, June 13, 2007 http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2007\06\13\story_13-6-2007_pg7_3
Hyper Nationalism of "Honourable Pakistanis" aka Ghairat Brigade!
We think that our problems would go away by raising cheap slogans of Hyper Nationalism. No, they wont rather such hyper nationalism would be counter-productive. Our Media [Read Jang/GEO/The News and Aaj too] instead of training Pakistanis to think critically, has been teaching rather thrusting Third Rate Propaganda to build a nation [it will fail] like Ma'ashrati Uloom Text book of Class 9. Glimpse of what Pakistani media [Read Jang/GEO/The News and Aaj too] avoid telling people. Harsh Truth, is what we need. Shaheen Sehbai, Dr Shahid Masood and GEO TV were expecting that Seymour Hersh would bad mouth Asif Ali Zardari so that Jang Group would cash it for filing sleazy stories in their rag [read The News/Jang], what they didn't is published anywhere is published in Dawn. Read Seymour and also read what the world's leading press is writing or written.
We were given access, a computer look. I am not saying Americans were running around with cameras and were checking out things with their eyes: Seymour Hersh - The journalist, who also interviewed Gen Pervez Musharraf for the article, said he believed the former Pakistani president was ‘a disarming fellow, very direct. I liked him, liked him a lot. He is a very likeable man, straightforward. More than I thought’. ‘Did Mr Musharraf say he allowed Washington access to Pakistan’s nuclear installations?’ ‘I wrote what I wrote. Are the words that came out are the words I meant? Yes, of course.’ REFERENCE: US given a ‘computer look’: Hersh By Our Correspondent Wednesday, 11 Nov, 2009 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/12-given+a+computer+look+hersh--bi-07 Hersh says he never spoke of agreement between US, Pak By Iftikhar A. Khan Wednesday, 11 Nov, 2009 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-hersh+says+he+never+spoke+of+agreement--bi-10
Meanwhile, what surprised some was Karamat’s dismissive tone about the A Q Khan affair, which he labeled a “proliferation episode” while denying any government complicity in it. “There was no government sanction, approval, or any kind of government connection with what went on,” he said flatly. But Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, in his 11-page confession reported in the US press in February, named Karamat, former chief of army staff General (retired) Mirza Aslam Beg and President General Pervez Musharraf as the men on top who were aware of what was going on. As the chief of army staff from 1996-98, Karamat was directly responsible for the safety and security of the nuclear program. REFERENCE: South Asia – Pakistan lays down the agenda for the US By Seema Sirohi Dec 25, 2004 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/FL25Df01.html
The daughter, Kausar Khan, was taken to the local police station, although, contrary to usual practice, she was neither signed in nor signed out. The Dutch agents wanted to know why she had not opened the letter and whether she knew what was in it. She didn’t; she had merely been asked to look after it. Inside the envelope was a copy of a letter that Pakistan did not want to reach the West. The feared Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had found the letter when they searched Dr AQ Khan’s home inIslamabad. He had also passed a copy on to his daughter Dina to take to her home in London, as rumours of Khan’s “proliferation” — jargon for the dissemination of nuclear secrets — swept the world. The Pakistani ISI were furious. “Now you have got your daughter involved,” they reportedly said. “So far we have left your family alone, but don’t expect any leniency now.” REFERENCE: From The Sunday Times September 20, 2009 Investigation: Nuclear scandal – Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan - The Pakistani scientist who passed nuclear secrets to the world’s rogue states has been muzzled by his government. In a smuggled letter, AQ Khan reveals his side of the story http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6839044.ece