Was Dawn story journalistically okay?

What would any journalist do in similar circumstances?

You are told that the civilian and military leadership talked behind the closed doors. Civs accused the military of protecting certain unwanted non-state elements. You are told that the civilians got tough, gave a stern message to sort it out, and the meeting was over.

Now you get to your desk and write it… adding visual details and adjectives. Using descriptive phrases like…

“Extraordinary verbal confrontation between Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and the ISI DG”

AND

“The foreign secretary’s unexpectedly blunt conclusions triggered an astonishing and potentially ground-shifting exchange between the ISI DG and several civilian officials.”

AND

“Astounded onlookers describe a stunned room that was immediately aware of the extraordinary, unprecedented nature of the exchange.”

When you are done writing, it is no more a news; it is a news-story. You have added something to it, which you might call value addition… but I would call it speculation.

So what next, VERIFICATION? Continue reading

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Did I earn $4500 at #PayoneerLahore forum?

I wanted to earn $4500 a day, so decided to attend Payoneer Forum at Lahore, Pakistan.

Yes, this was what Mr. Tanveer Hussain Nandla promised to tell at the forum – his topic was, Event Blogging, How I made $4500 a day.

Tempting, yes!

Believable, No!

Did he tell the trick, Not at all!

Mr. Nandla did tell how he managed to earn $7000… and spent the money on his marriage. What an eventful spending of plentiful dollars. Though he managed to explain something known as Google Adwords Keywords planner. I suppose it is used to plan weddings. Continue reading

Google Hostel

IMG00026Hey Google! What has happened to your IT business.

I mean seriously!

Some creative genius in Lahore, Pakistan, has thought of using IT giant’s name for this – a boys hostel.

And there is a special offer: in Google hostel, there will be a BBQ party every month. WOW!

The other free ‘facilities’ offered at the hostel are; good food, filtered water (they mean clean water), geyser, laundry, carpeted rooms and yes – FREE INTERNET.

Way to go Google hostel, best of luck.

A Moment in Time

Charlie Hebdo! Please don’t publish these cartoons

Charlie Hebdo!

I am a Muslim, and when you were attacked, I was horrified. The killings were barbaric, and broke my heart.

Now you have depicted our Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him) again.

So what is it? A revenge? Or defiance?

I hope you know how much we Muslims love and respect our Prophet, and a majority of us have condemned this attack.

So don’t you think you shall not publish these cartoons again? Don’t you think your freedom of expression is hurting our feelings? Who has given you the right to insult our most sacred icon? Does freedom of expression also give you the right to insult? Don’t you think you should be drawing some lines, caring about cultural and religious sensitivities? When most beloved personality of Muslims is concerned, don’t you consider exercising some decency? How do you think this is justified? Do you care about our feelings at all?

When you claim to exercise your right to freedom of expression, do you also mean to insist on your right to be offensive?

Charlie Hebdo! We are sad on what happened to you, please don’t publish these cartoons.

Serious allegations on Ex-President of Pakistan

Truth Always PrevailsYear: 1983. It was 11.30 pm. Sadruddin Hashwani got a call.

“There is a chaos in disco!” GM of Marriott Hotel Karachi was on the other side, “We’ve had a fight between two men and their groups…guns and firing.”

Hashwani ordered GM to use guards and kick those fellows out. Later, it turned out that one of the men involved in fight was Asif Ali Zardari. The same man who later became husband of the Prime Minister, and eventually, President of Pakistan. Continue reading

Media circus in Pakistan

Media channels in Pakistan strive hard for ratings. For their competitive advantage, they even become part of media campaign against other channels. Recently, a television channel was discussing government’s measures to bring prices down during the month of Ramadan.

A person from the ruling party PML-N, Mian Marghoob was invited to represent the government. Another participant of the show was one Ibrahim Mughal, whose relevance to the show is yet to be determined.

As Mian Marghoob tried to make some point, Ibrahim Mughal interrupted wrathfully. Marghoob tried to reason, but things got out of control, Continue reading