Biased Journalism is damaging the profession.
Mr. Editor,Being a regular reader of “New York Times” , the most disappointing thing I faced was Mr. Declan Walsh article “Pakistan’s iron Grip, wielded on Opulent Exile, Begins to Slip” which was published on September 13th 2013. I am a US citizen, regularly participate in democratic process in USA and among those few fortunate Pakistanis who got chance to finish their Master degree in USA. I have lived half of my life in Karachi and regular traveler of the city. I am supporting my Mr. Altaf Hussain since my student life and consider him the most intelligent politician in Pakistan who has much better acumen then any of those politicians who have ruled country twice or thrice but the country is still going downwards.
Mr. Walsh’s article gave me the feeling that either he while living in Pakistan has infected his profession with the same journalism which some of the Pakistani journalists practicing or he is a confused guy while choosing the words or balancing the point of view with journalistic ethics while writing for a personality. It was only Mr. Hussain who long warned the former government that country’s financial hub is occupying by Taliban but was mocked by very senior ministers of that government. It is only Mr. Hussain who believes in religious harmony and hold regular meeting among Islamic scholars or even religious leaders from other religions.
Mr. Editor, I have seen when Karachi developed in terms of infrastructure and it was only the team of Mr. Hussain who invested the tax payer’s money on the city with honesty and once the city was developed, team’s work and Mr. Hussain leadership was appreciated not only by nationals but international media and organizations.
Below are some of my points that are enough to reject the article written by Mr. Walsh.
But beneath the surface, its mandate is backed by armed gangs. . I was in Karachi in August 2013 and witnessed the by-election of the city which was held under Army and Law Enforcement Agencies’ surveillance and Mr. Hussain’s team came out with 100% victory and washed out all the allegation of rigging and forceful voting.
A British murder investigation has been closing in on Mr. Hussain, 59, Mr. Walsh’s journalism is reminding me some of our Pakistani journalists who just shoot the sentences out to malign our politicians. Did the case reach to the court? The Police from UK haven’t made any evidence to the public; therefore your sentence is considered a weak journalism.
Is the end near for the untouchable political machine that has been the city’s linchpin for three decades? I hope you would like to analyze the result of by-election happened on August 22nd 2013 and then state who is on the end and who is still flourishing as a leader.
Mr. Hussain, however, shows no sign of going back. In my view, he has a very well organized team running all the political activities, participating elections, working for their voters and the last city government and his mayor proved all that leader is the one who create teams to do the team work and when job is done, people remember the work and the team not the leader or teacher.
From there, he holds court, addressing his faraway followers in a vigorous, sometimes maniacal style, punctuated by jabbing gestures and hectoring outbursts. Occasionally he bursts into song, or tears. his words has simply disgraced for 85% people of Karachi who supports Mr. Hussain democratically and consider him as their leader and they belong to the city which is highest in literally rate in Pakistan.
….involved in racketeering, abduction and the targeted killings of ethnic and political rivals, the police and diplomats say. Mr. Walsh should read the judgment Supreme Court gave on “Karachi Case” and check out the demography of the city that how city is under the grip of gangsters and banned religious group and Mr. Hussain and his representatives are the only ones raising voice against those culprits since 2008.
. . . luxurious exile . . · . . . manages millions of dollars in assets . . .,Yet more weak sentences from a journalist like Mr. Walsh, who is calling his house a luxurious living and just quoted millions$$ without any evidence.
Many journalists who have criticized the party have been beaten, or worse, driving most of the news media in Karachi to tread lightly….
Two police interrogation reports obtained by The New York Times cite militants from the movement who say they traveled to South Africa in between carrying out political assassinations in Karachi. One of those men, Teddy Qamar, confessed to 58 killings between 2006 and 2012, the police say’… The above two statements about journalists and Teddy Qamar are simply the allegations without any evidences; the officials from the party should question Mr. Walsh for these allegations.
Imran Farooq, a once-influential leader in the movement who had split from the party . . . What strong evidences Mr. Walsh have that he has split from the party? Did he announce or launch any movement?
Mr. Hussain has directly threatened political rivals, in some instances by warning that he would arrange for their “body bags” I think Mr. Walsh is lack in sense of humor.
. . .the impact on the streets of Karachi if Mr. Hussain is forced to step down; When Mrs. Benazir Bhutto was murdered in Rawalpindi, who were those people who burned down the whole Karachi, looted banks and raped young girls within few hours? We really don’t know who works behind these mobs whether whoever gets killed in any part of Pakistan but people of Karachi pay the price.
Mr. Editor, in the end, I would like to tell you that I am a strong supporter of Mr. Hussain and listen to his speeches live telecasted by their web team on their official website. He is not among those politicians who run politics on false promises; instead he teaches his workers the importance of discipline, unity and education for any nation.
Mr. Editor, next time kindly reconsider before publishing such biased articles and columns which are damaging to your newspaper and organization and above all to the profession of Journalism.