Pakistan Tehreek-e- Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Friday, alleged that the media was being used against his party.
Khan, while speaking at the residence of Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan-who had recently joined the PTI in Mardan, said that the media was being bribed to further propaganda against the PTI.
Replying to a question by The Express Tribune, Khan said that he can name a number of people who were continuously launching negative propaganda against the PTI.
PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi further explained what Khan meant, adding that the “state-run television and radio along with the government machinery was being used against the PTI.”
Newcomers to PTI
Recently former Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) leader, Shabbir Jokhio, along with supporters from Memon Goth in Gadap Town, has crossed over to the PTI. The move came after several meetings with the PTI’s leadership in Sindh.
Air Marshal (Retd) Asghar Khan, who was heading the little-known Pakistan Tehrik-e-Istaqlal, also joined the PTI at a joint news conference with the PTI Chairman.
Separately, at another news conference Khan was planning to welcome Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Irrigation Minister Pervez Khattak to his party but some of his old workers from Nowshera clashed and opposed the decision and accused Khattak of corruption.
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I want to draw your attention to an agony that my family went through yesterday. In the wee hours on Sunday morning, my phone rang and all of my family members, including my elderly mother-inlaw, suddenly woke up. A number of bad thoughts were popping up in our mind.
On checking the CLI, I figured out that the call was from 042-38375454. It was an unknown number and we were annoyed with the caller. When I picked up the phone I heard Imran Khan saying, "Assalam-o-alaikum, mein Imran Khan aap k ghar, aap k shehr aa raha hoon...." I interrupted the caller by asking whether it is real Imran Khan or is it just a recording. The caller immediately disconnected after my querry. I figured out that it was a recording playing Imran Khan's voice.
May I request Imran Khan to forbid his people from calling general public at odd hours?
Agree with IK......FRONTLINE show of Kamran shahid shows it all..... how badly he treatedIK
Absolute nonsense statement ever from any political leader.. Does a leader attack like this on media... Imran Khan is extremely unfit for being a leader..
I guess Imran Khan needs Mubashar Lucman, Haroon Rashid & Hassan Nisar like people every where on the media.. one thing was very clear that again Shah Mehmood Qureshi's answer was more appropriate than the childish allegation style of Imran Khan..
Must say...Khan has mastered the art of propaganda!
The media does not anymore discuss his personal life, including the LA Court ruling on child with Sita White.
Joke of the year Is saadghi pay kaun na mar jaiy aey Khuda! In fact its media who has inflated this baloon. It will burst very soon.
Mardan Jalsa was not covered by any channel except Express News. There were many people in the jalsa, perhaps the largest in Mardan. Media works on connections. They all telecasted the whole press conference of Babar Awan for more than 30 minutes later the same day.
The amount of media trial that this party is going through must have made him give this statement...but IK must realize that "badnam hongey tou kia naam na hoga" :p
Blaming the mirror?
Media is being used against PTI. Watch print and electronic media and you would see the reality. The blunt proof is ET.
100% true. some media anchors always speak against PTI.
yes there are few people and channels who are planning this..
I think its good that the media criticizes Imran Khan, the principle of accountability in the media must be retained - legitimate questioning must continue, this is part of the democratic process.
The state-owned media will absolutely publish propaganda against Imran Khan, instead of criticizing it, verify the facts for yourselves - while I admire and will vote for Imran Khan, I won't forget that he is human, he can make mistakes. Remain a skeptic, verify the facts for yourselves, follow the PTI if you want to but also care to read and appreciate their weaknesses, their critiques, it will only make them stronger.
IK has never lied in his lifetime and I know no reason to doubt him now either. In the past few weeks highly speculative and manipulating reports are circulating the media without any basis in truth or reality. Every Tom, Dick and Harry is into overly-accusatory mode to somehow tarnish the image of 'change'. It is funny how they love to discuss the supposed pitfalls of a party which has not even been tried, yet they give sprawling open platforms to corrosive and hereditary parties to continue suck blood from the nation's veins.
This is clearly malice and unscrupulousness in evidence here.
ehsan framosh, you are product of media, till today you have no programme for the people, even then this media projected you and now you are swearing that media.
@javeds: "Nawaz shareef has a record for using media for his publicity and against his opposition."
So does Imran Khan. In fact util the Lahore jalsa Khan was in the limelight only due to the media despite not having a single MPA or MNA. There is nothing wrong with using media to propagate the ideas unless there is some corruption involved or false stories are planted in lieu of some benefit to media person.
So just as Imran has benefitted from pro-IK media anchors, he should be equally willing to accept scrutiny from anchors that perhaps support other political philosophies. As long as teh questioning is rational and not malicious, he should not complain. Also it is unethical to accuse media of taking bribes unless he can prove it. The mere fact that they hold an opinion different from him does not qualify him to say that they are corrupt.
Each past action of IK, Zardari, Sharif, etc., must be examined under the microscope before the elections to make a wise decision. Open and honest debate, Q & A, this is what democracy is all about. The argument that IK has not been tried and should be the next ruler is bogus at best. All good Pakistanis are not tried so they should all be the rulers? All other students were cheating, so the examiner should just give me passing grade, without earning?
@sam: speaking truth is not propaganda...before i was his supporter for change...smiles sarcastically....he is taking in all those 'lotaas' from other parties and infact sidelining his own ppl who were with him since start....wht the hell - inqlaab team se aata hai aur siyaasat daanon ki team cricket team nahi hoti mere pyaare there are many otehr things aswell but as of now this is enough
Laikin of Geo and Bolta Pakistan of Aaj tv...:) simple..
chch, chch, chch...Khan sahib this is just the begining - agay agay dehiay hota hay kia. You have taken upon your self to uproot corruption from this country, which is now a second nature, how will these people allow you to get it done so easily. This is the reason people who are either dellusional or know they are not going to win anything make such tall claims.
if this could happen in 1997, then why would not the same people will bribe the media again. to save their corrupt political career???
@Super Pak: "Constructive criticism would be great but you know as much as I do that the media has made up plenty of lies against Imran and when he responds to it that gets little attention. "
When you say media mentions lies abouthim you mean statements that have not been proven - correct? Well imran is quite used t making such statements himself about his oppnents. Unproven statements which get a lot of coverage. Whatdo you say to that?
The Lahore Jalsa has been the biggest power show but before that Ik had very ordinary public meetings. But even then he was getting time in media equal to mainstream parties. IK should be ready to face criticism and should accept it willingly.Criticism is the beauty of democracy.
media created imran khan.
As far as the senior journalists/analysts are concern some of them has political affiliations with PML-N like Qasmi,Irfan Siddiqui, etc., they usually criticize PTI and give anything special tilt, just act like a spokesperson of PML-N.
Some reporters are invloved in direct/indirect bribe and just observe the latest reports of Jang, the Nation.
i agree with king khan!
@Ch Allah Daad: the establishment in Islamabad and Washington or any other capital always say the same about those who want o make the change by electoral process. Whether is Imran Khan or Ron Paul. Its zero percent chance for the establishment in times like these when kings and dictators are toppled all over the world. People are fed up with the system of corrupt governments all around the world.
Nawaz shareef has a record for using media for his publicity and against his opposition. Nawaz is trying the same this time
lol..........Prince throned by media complains....feeling the heat :)
OH MY GOD!
I can't believe this , the man who covers trelevision screens MORE than ANYONE else is saying media being used against him.
Khan Sb is a media created tiger. Interestingly he is accusing the media is being used against the PTI.
I am sure Kaptan does not mean that everyone on the media is involved in this. He obviously is not naming those few who are involved.
@MarkH: In case it is difficult to understand...this is what IK is talking about...following is the extract from a 'supposed to be' unbiased report from 'The Nation' yesterday's newspaper...now the decision is yours..."In a development that exposes the establishment’s full backing and ‘blessings’ for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, former Ambassador to the US Dr Maleeha Lodhi is all set to join PTI after dozens of former spymasters and ex-Generals have already joined the party."
See the truth people, the media is completely on his side. He is rallying up more support by this ploy. Actually, the media is against PML-N. Don't fall for the lies.
There is undoubtedly some truth to it. Even though I won't go to the extent of saying that media people have been bribed, I do believe, that the bias is systemic and is applicable to all parties and that is because media itself is made up of elements that are deeply ingrained in politically and ideologically polarized society. But the issue can have the worse impact for PTI because they don't have the financial resources to expand their geographic footprint and therefore media is their strongest forte and Achilles heel at the same time.
I believe IK was talking about the the repeated rumors and propaganda about him meeting American officials in Dubai, which was completely false. Not to mention the Sunday Times "news" about his meeting with Munter and Pasha jointly, which was proven false.
This... Is not a respectable claim or excuse at all. It's also an insult to a group that happens to be hypersensitive to shots taken that resemble anything close to a politician who seems to prefer picking and choosing rather than supporting freedom of the press completely. The media can be your best friend or your worst enemy. There's a reason many politicians in democratic countries way of responding to the media are a simple confirm/deny statements unless there are especially damaging and ridiculous aspects that are provable in court. Even putting aside any past opinion I have of the man, he's just being a cry baby who throws a tantrum when he doesn't get exactly what he wants in doing this. He can't take what he gives. I didn't think he was this weak. It should be funny if the other political parties are paying attention and decide to mockingly do the same thing whenever PTI speaks negatively of them in the press and it gets published.
Joke of the year. Ethically this guy should not be in media at all. He has zero representation in elected bodies, and there is no chance any miracle is going to happen in future. Our conquerers are not going to give him ready made Halva to eat. They are too hungry themselves. Four years is the longest time they can fast.
beautifully written keep it up Umer Farooq.
First cry of conspiracy in next election and warning others about civil disobedience and now hunting Media. What about those kids who asked Imran rough questions! PTI is so overrated.
He has a point. Just observe the electronic media, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure who's carrying this out.
Go for your own media, If you can't tolerate the criticism.Ask for land and charity to built your own.
PTI will field 1000 candidates in next elections. Uptil now only 58 ex MNAs and MPAs from other parties have joined PTI. Majority of PTI candidates in next elections will be knew.
True, media favors only Asif Zardari, khan sahib needs a cup of Chinese green tea to refresh his cognitive part of mind...!
@sam: Because they are also Part of Status Que they do not want change.
yes there are few pro us anchors who are against imran khan ... but on the whole media is not against him......... imran khan will win the elections come what may...... he represents youth and youth want him......
and media is against ppp, media is against pml-n. whenever somebody points their shortcoming media is against them. we do believe in conspiricies a lot.
Kaptaan has a Point here
Just tune in to Geo 7 pm weekdays to find out who's being bribed by Lahore's status quo
Actually Khan got DISproportionate media coverage the past 3 years considering that he did not have a single MNA or MPA in the assembly.He has been more than wiling to grab the positive publicity. Now that his party is gaining credibility it is only natural that people should put his paty and his statements and actions increasingly under the scanner. Such victimhood is not a good thing. Far more critical aricles about Zardari have been published .
Also to imply that just because he is able to name a couple of people who constantly write against his party does not meanthat they have been bribed to write things against him. That is an incorrect and unreasonable conclusion.
And since last 4 years the media was used against PPP and ANP and then you were saying that the media is bringing "awareness" among the masses. When now the same media want to bring 'awareness' among the masses then you are complaining that media is used against you. Zardari and his PPP never complained so you should not as well. After all you will bring a revolution in Pakistan.
O,NO. PTI is also talking about Consipracies like PPP. Right in the beginning they have started talking about SAZISH. To me induction of turncoats is a SAZISH. Who is behind it IMRAN would only know.
I am sure there is some truth to this.
The Express Tribune -- partnered by the New York Times -- is the most prolific of the anti-Imran/anti-PTI media.
Before i did not believe Imran Khan but after observing Pakistani media carefully i agree with him.There are many people in govt and private free media who are biased against Imran Khan.infact not only people but many news corporations has anti Imran Khan policies.