Mubashir Lucman suspended for 'off-air' comments: Report

Published: June 14, 2012
A screenshor of Mubashir Lucman from the leaked video.

A screenshor of Mubashir Lucman from the leaked video.

Mubashir Lucman, news anchor at private channel Dunya TV, has been suspended for the comments he made ‘off-air’ while interviewing business tycoon Malik Riaz, reported Pakistan Today.

Behind the scenes footage showing Lucman and his co-anchor Meher Bokhari talking to Riaz during their show surfaced on YouTube under the title “Malik Riaz Planted Interview with Mehar Bokhari and Mubashir Lukman on dunya tv” on Thursday. The show aired on the TV channel on Wednesday.

Sources told Pakistan Today that an inquiry has been ordered against those who leaked the video.

Bokhari is heard saying a question is planted towards the end of the video.

“Say what you want… what question should we ask. It will appear as though it is planted… it is, but it shouldn’t appear it is.”

The footage shows conversations between Lucman, Bokhari and Riaz focused on the kind of questions they will be asking. Both anchors are also instructed against interrupting Riaz during the interview.

The video begins with general conversation and is followed by Riaz questioning the anchors on why they are not asking why he is part of “deals”.

In between Lucman’s smoke break, Bokhari turns to Riaz to discuss what they will ask next. A brief discussion and a “khul kay poochain”, Meher says that they will discuss journalists at the end of the show, so as to “clear her name” at least.

Lucman tells Riaz, “Today I will ask you to give me in front of everyone. Give me a villa like you gave Hamid”. “No, no,” is Riaz’s response once again, followed by a “why not” from Lucman.

Riaz is seen occasionally choosing topics of his choice, focusing on the chief justice as well. He is also visibly upset during one part of the video, where he says that most of his questions are left and the work isn’t done.

The second part also sees both anchors getting into a little tiff over camera time. Bokhari calls Lucman childish, who takes his mic off and leaves.

Riaz appears desperate when Lucman walks off, asking him to come back, saying it will be unfair for him.

An angry Lucman returns and tells Riaz that he will say live on air that he was pressurised into doing the show by him and Mian Amir.

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Reader Comments (118)

  • saad
    Jun 14, 2012 - 6:38PM

    Why no one anywhere releases a well researched list of which anchor took what from malik riaz?no names are being named on tv by anyone,if people know which anchors are in the pocket of big seths,their names should be published.till now,there have only been hints,rumours,no well-researched list with specific details.


  • Jun 14, 2012 - 6:38PM

    Why suspended? They should fire him and be done with it once and for all! This man deserves to be made an example of. Shameless.


  • Ghalib
    Jun 14, 2012 - 6:42PM

    thanks to YouTube and Twitter. Conventional media is more corrupt and dirty than one can imagine.


  • Syed Fahad Qasim
    Jun 14, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Listen Guys, what i feel Talat Hussain clearly said in his program before this case that malik riaz has a huge influence on Media , now tell me what kind of prove you want? planted questions planted answers. come on ! open your eyes. its all about money. beside the topic , last night one of my innocent and truthful friend said that shah ji, “now we have to follow the rules if we want to survive in Pakistan”. Recommend

  • Shariq
    Jun 14, 2012 - 6:49PM

    This incident proves that Riaz is the most powerful man in Pakistan.


  • hannan
    Jun 14, 2012 - 6:49PM

    What about mehar bhokhari she should be fired too ….


  • Zeeshan
    Jun 14, 2012 - 6:51PM

    The list of 19 anchors who got benefits from MR is floating on the net.Soon all of u will see that !


  • Murtaza
    Jun 14, 2012 - 6:55PM

    names of few anchors have been posted by PTI social media with details of benefits given to them by Malik Riaz


  • Ali
    Jun 14, 2012 - 6:56PM

    Hats off to whoever leaked it. That’s the kind of whistle-blowing we needRecommend

  • Ali
    Jun 14, 2012 - 6:58PM

    Its Clear, the show was bought by Malik Riaz, the way he was commanding the anchors it was very clear. Not only fire him but we should all boycott Dunya news now.


  • Saleha
    Jun 14, 2012 - 6:59PM

    Why didn’t they suspend Mehr bukhari….she herself said off air that interview was planted.


  • Jun 14, 2012 - 7:04PM

    mehr bokhari should be meted equal punishment -suspension –


  • hannan
    Jun 14, 2012 - 7:16PM

    Kamran khan should also b fried coz last year he did a whole show projecting Malik riyaz …and how noble he is … But it is sad that every one in Pakistan could be bought … The only non-corrupt person trying to save Pakistan is CJ and he is being slander and maligned by Malik riyaz and these so called journalists who are helping his cause!!! And I salute the guy who uploaded this video he put himself on the line to show us the true face of Pakistani media!!!


  • Mubashir
    Jun 14, 2012 - 7:16PM

    Sorry friends but it seems Malik Riaz is ready and willing to all kinds of questions and urges the anchors to be frank and ask!! Sorry, I don’t get it!!


  • Dr Khan
    Jun 14, 2012 - 7:19PM

    @waleed, chill out child, the guy was pressurized from
    higher ups, he obviously had no interest in doing the show.


  • brbajaj
    Jun 14, 2012 - 7:21PM

    A job well done for the expose.
    Media is one of the power centres and therefore one of the most corrupt.
    The real face has come to surface. It is high time that the public delivers the justice and boycott these anchors instead of waiting either the God or the judiciary to deliver the justice. Do what is within your reach and don’t wait for the next birth and expect Allah to do what u can do very well.Recommend

  • geeko
    Jun 14, 2012 - 7:23PM

    Sources told Pakistan Today that an inquiry has been ordered against those who leaked the video.

    The only clean man (or woman) in the room, so… kudos to the cameraman, but, gosh, is everyone corrupt in this country ?


  • Jun 14, 2012 - 7:25PM

    @Himidik agreed she must be treated as same; but i suggest instead of suspending them they must be fired and they must not be allowed to work in media at all Recommend

  • YP Toronto
    Jun 14, 2012 - 7:30PM

    Why enquairy to find who leaked the video. whoever leaked the video did a great job by exposing these good for nothing people.


  • Hafeez
    Jun 14, 2012 - 7:31PM

    Such anchors deserve exemplary punishment. How come they do not realize that they are spreading disinformation and playing dirty with the whole nation. Time to cleanse the mess.


  • saqib
    Jun 14, 2012 - 7:34PM

    Luqman will got out from this mess as a hero easily on his one remark that he is being pressurized, what about Meher , But anyhow they were dictated on everything by management the only difference i saw that mubashir looks up set and meher happy and exited and keen to do the show. Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2012 - 7:37PM

    Any bloody media person who r getting bribes by any shouldnt be allowed to work in media and SC should set a great example of them for all


  • Ali S
    Jun 14, 2012 - 7:42PM

    Just the kind of behaviour expected . Why is this any surprise? Hats off to the cameraman who filmed this, he’s putting his career on the line with this.Recommend

  • alicia
    Jun 14, 2012 - 7:47PM

    I disagree I think meher was the one who looked upset and unwilling


  • HS
    Jun 14, 2012 - 7:49PM

    Sorry friends I dont blame ML as frankly he was doing his job as owner made him do it So what ML said in truth needs to be appreciated. As you all can see though MB was towing the line. Its normal in Pakistani media its nothing to be astonished abt. Its brainstorming beforehand. This art of gimmickry is in media.Recommend

  • Usman Masood
    Jun 14, 2012 - 8:00PM

    LMAO, how hypocritical can you get?
    The news channels owner, the top brass, they gave them direct instructions in how to conduct the interview. The owners and management of the channel is involved in this. And ur asking them to fire him…wow.


  • Usman Masood
    Jun 14, 2012 - 8:03PM

    Hypocrisy, the channels administration and the owner gave them specific instructions for that interview. And people are busy blaming Luqman and Mehr. And giving a clean chit to the owners of the channelRecommend

  • Jun 14, 2012 - 8:04PM

    Did anyone ask yet that who leaked the video?
    it cant be the staff, or is it?


  • saqib
    Jun 14, 2012 - 8:05PM

    Agree with HS, @ Alicia Meher was desperate reason at least in this show not a once she showed her displeasure about the whole Idea while she pegged luqman to come back on the other hand Luqman pointed out that from the start he was against the show then said he is being pressurized, any both are culprits where the management is the biggest one see the video again.


  • roadkashehzada
    Jun 14, 2012 - 8:10PM

    @Dr Khan:
    i thought Luckman has enough courage to speak against major political parties but no he was pressurised by owners of channel, and to save his job he did all this. poor luckman.


  • Jun 14, 2012 - 8:18PM

    Malik Riaz has purchased Politicians. Pak Army Genral. Journalists. Lower judiciary Judicial officer but Salute to the Chief Justice and other brother Judges of Supreme Court reject all the offer of Malik Riaz. The yellow journalist are also be required to exposed in this matter. what they are talking about the democracy and rule of law and transiency.Recommend

  • Ahmed HM
    Jun 14, 2012 - 8:39PM

    Please hold on guys before passing any judgement. It is clear the Mubashar Luqman said that he was pressurized by the owner of Dunya TV to do this program And I am quite sure Mubashar Luqman did not demand a Villa, he was just trying to be sarcastic.

    I think anchors are biased for sure, but the media house owners also pressurize them to present stuff of their own interest


    Jun 14, 2012 - 9:27PM

    sources said PAKISTAN TODAY??????/


  • zara
    Jun 14, 2012 - 9:35PM

    a lot of blessings for those who leaked it


  • haroon ali
    Jun 14, 2012 - 9:38PM

    How many t.v talk shows are planted? Today we as Pakistani think that we are told what they want to tell us, and not the truth. People like Malik Riaz who openly claim to bribe each and everyone in Pakistan has been taken sides by t.v channels. Shame on them.


  • Mubashir
    Jun 14, 2012 - 9:39PM

    All info that the Anchors have must be extracted, The Owner of Dunya TV should be arrested for Being Partner in Perjury , Obstruction to Justice & Defamation of CJ…As for Anchors .. No one shall EVER believe them again…… So Be It..


  • Ali T.
    Jun 14, 2012 - 9:42PM

    Feeling sad for PTI… They have become semi orphaned :(


  • John
    Jun 14, 2012 - 10:13PM

    Sad to see Mr. Mubashar being trapped into all this mess.

    Even if the whistle had not been blown it was already evident that it was staged and heavily sponsored episode.

    As for Ms. Meher, we do remember the past quite well so no comments.Recommend

  • Jun 14, 2012 - 10:18PM

    It is not Lucman’s fault, he and Talat Hussain are the only two real journalists of Pakistan..


  • khan
    Jun 14, 2012 - 10:38PM

    PTI should immediately disown Luqman ! He was very proactive in recent speeches of IK.

    IK needs to keep his eyes and ears open.


  • abc
    Jun 14, 2012 - 10:45PM

    The program was called crossfire but bullet never leaves while keeping the address of the target.The other was called point blank and it was really point blank shoot. So the target was caught in both casses. The whole episode ends into “shoot to kill”.


  • rashid.sarwar
    Jun 14, 2012 - 10:48PM

    This program was staged as DunyaTv logo was not displayed and if the program has been leaked to youtube why the DunyaTv hasn’t gone for privacy right and remove the video. This is totally a conspiracy against Luqman. He was doing very nice shows and people started to watch his program and I was also a very fan of him.


  • Jun 14, 2012 - 11:02PM

    The leaked video clearly shows that their sole aim was to trash the image of Lucman….


  • Umer
    Jun 14, 2012 - 11:06PM

    Everyone who is cursing MB and ML see today’s Cross Fire and see if it explains anything.


  • Pakistani
    Jun 14, 2012 - 11:28PM

    It is a huge loss for pti


  • kami
    Jun 14, 2012 - 11:53PM

    MB just tried to clear herself.. She herself said that this program is planted. They all are same..
    Talal rightly pointed out all these anchors…


  • Sid
    Jun 14, 2012 - 11:57PM

    In response to the question raised by #Saad here.. Dr A. Q. Khan has released a list of journalists in Malik Riaz’s pockets.. on his facecbook page. Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2012 - 12:18AM

    Shame on such anchors and this is not enough, they should be made accountable by the judiciary now. No more gate`s should be opened except Media gate.

    Hating tv shows of all the 3rd party owned anchors


  • Parvez
    Jun 15, 2012 - 12:40AM

    How much of this crap is this country going to put up with ??


  • Shahid Ashraf
    Jun 15, 2012 - 12:53AM

    You’re right. social media is clean because it’s used by the common people. the people who are thought to be illiterate and incompetent to elect a government to rule this country!


  • Nasir
    Jun 15, 2012 - 1:35AM

    I don’t think it is called “Planted” as this video is a conspiracy by Right Wingers in Pakistan.

    In a nut shell Pakistan’s Judiciary, Bureaucracy, Politicians, Journalists, Media, Armed Forces all are corrupt and criminals.

    They all should be hanged to clean up this mess. Although this video is no way it is called “planted” as this is the normal culture off-air. What do you expect?

    There is nothing in here which says Mubashar Lucman or Meher or Malik Riaz did any conspiracy.Recommend

  • Jun 15, 2012 - 1:41AM

    Veena malick is still a better representation of pakistan then these guys. atleast she doesnt hide anything


  • gp65
    Jun 15, 2012 - 2:01AM

    @saad: Please do google search. The question is whether you believe whatthese journalists say or whether you believe the people who published the list of 19 journalists which has some of the creme-de-la-creme journalists. It is possible some people on the 19 are innocent and some are guilty and the list publisher just took revenge on people he does not like by including their name also.

    At this point how will you know who to believe? The list publisher or the journalist on the list?

    Tribune is correct to not publish names unless it can confirm that there is a basis for those names to be on that list.


  • Jamshed
    Jun 15, 2012 - 2:12AM

    Koray! Koray (lashes) for Malik Riaz, Meher and Lucman. Ofcourse, Lucman also needs his moustache to be clipped and face smeared with black cherry blossom. They are all liars of the highest order – Abdul Qadir Gillani calling on Lucmans cell like he is arranging/ orchestarting the whole affair. Ofcourse, they are all in it for the money.


  • HS
    Jun 15, 2012 - 3:08AM

    Lucman was being sarcastic on villa part and instead he told in reality who really took it!


  • Salman
    Jun 15, 2012 - 3:10AM

    why suspend Mubashar Luqman, did you guys not see Meher’s comment about planted question?!?!? both of them should be fired and Dunya News should have its license suspended in Pakistan for host such a fake program.


  • Shahid Khan
    Jun 15, 2012 - 3:11AM

    If you dont get it, and you are not Mubashir Lucman, then seriously mate, get yourself checked.


  • Mahakaalchakra
    Jun 15, 2012 - 3:36AM

    Land of pure is fertile for planting lies and deceit anywhere anyplace from a lowly madrasa to the mighty GHQ.


  • T Khan
    Jun 15, 2012 - 4:27AM

    Come on!! Its TV. That is how it is done all around the world. Integrity is a rare feat, almost non existent in the world of money and power. U think anyone has ever done an honest interview of Mr president or the likes???? IT is all almost always PLANTED, otherwise why haven’t any anchor ever asked him why is he is shamelessly corrupt


  • Imad
    Jun 15, 2012 - 6:10AM

    Oh what a mess Pakistan is.


  • B.Ally
    Jun 15, 2012 - 6:20AM

    Every day from 8pm 12 midnight the anchors set up a circus to fool the public with their tricks. They blame every one and sound as they are the panacea of our all problems. The news as well as news programmes are presented in low taste supported with cheap film music and below the belt sarcasm. They hurl insults to every one. All the praise is reserved for their own self.

    These programmes are loud and noisy and spreading stress , anxiety and disappointment amongst general public

    Look now how the true faces and characters of these anchors are being revealed. We the awam do not trust them any more. They have fooled us enough and amassed riches from corruption for which they blame every one else.

    My advice is watch cooking programmes.


  • Concern1
    Jun 15, 2012 - 6:39AM

    Mubashir Lucman is the Man in Crisis, this plot has been planted by the PCO Cheap Justice Chor-dary Kana Iftekhar with involving the Top management of Dunya News to clear the corrupt Son of the PCO Cheap Justice


  • Yaida M
    Jun 15, 2012 - 7:05AM

    The Americans and Europeans were right all the time. Pakistan is a failed state. It is obvious that the Pakistan experiment has failed. Ancient wisdom says that it takes centuries for a nation to develop an identity. Artificial states created by decree are bound to end up in chaos and Pakistan is living proof of that. Developing a sense of patriotism for a state that was born yesterday seems to be the stumbling block. You cannot built a nation with Nuclear Weapons. You can only destroy it.


  • Sunny
    Jun 15, 2012 - 8:18AM

    few months back , this lucman blamed Najam Sethi for being an American agent in Pakistan, however najam sethi is one of the most respected journalist, his journalism is not based on emotions but on logics. welldone lucman you have exposed yourself.


  • M Hussain
    Jun 15, 2012 - 8:43AM

    An 18 year old cricketer goes to jail for balling a No ball.
    And these journalist are laughing their way to bank for all un-ethical practices.
    Pakistan Union of Journalist should fully investigate all journalist other Media will loose it’s respect.
    Boycott Dunya TV


  • Not me
    Jun 15, 2012 - 8:50AM

    Express Tribune should research and expose the bad journalist who have taken money/plots from Malik Riaz and others.

    Media will loose trust and confidence of people if it does not come out clean


  • Asad
    Jun 15, 2012 - 8:55AM

    Whole nation is being Sakrood. Funny to see some delusional people defending this. Please continue supporting these people and defending them so they can continue to Sakroo you.


  • H.A. Khan
    Jun 15, 2012 - 9:01AM

    So it is “Villa Journalism”

    Journalist should do self accountability to get rid of black sheep.People will loose trust and faith in media.Please act quickly


  • Jun 15, 2012 - 9:07AM

    Actually, Mubashir Lucman and Meher Bukhari have been quite unlucky that their off line footage has been leaked. What about others who are throwing mud on these two who caught red handed?? are they also clean?? are they also loyal to this nation??? It is as same as “Jo pakra gaya usko jootay maaro aur jo nahin pakra gaya woh abhi tak paak hai”

    I am ashamed that media has lost its credibility and unfortunately the heights that media traveled after policy adopted by Musharraf and later by PPP, the nose dive today is extremely painful for those who had extremely high expectation with our news channels.

    Paint pulling has reached its limit and now some code of conduct and some guidelines must be set to run this matter in ethical manner. The time for immediate action now. I urge media people and journalist community to clear up this mess as soon as possible.


  • Anjabeen Shah
    Jun 15, 2012 - 9:28AM

    I don’t understand how we can make such brash comments on something we cannot even begin to comprehend the workings of. I have extreme respect for Mr.Mubashar Lucman. His work speaks for itself. Ofcourse every anchor works for the channel he is being employed by. And every anchor can be asked to do a certain programme. How does it spell dishonesty, cheating, and planting?? He did a job…maybe he wasn’t very happy with…and so even got into a tiff because of his irritation . So how does that prove he is a black sheep? Just take a look at all the programs certain BIG names on Geo and other channels are constantly doing. I wonder we have never pointed fingers at them? I don’t think we should pass judgements on ML or MB or Dunya TV at all. This is just one news out of the crore we face everyday in this country.


  • cleansing process
    Jun 15, 2012 - 9:39AM

    Pakistan is going through some sort of a messy cleansing process. A lot of cobwebs are there. Windows should be opened, let in some sunlight, smoke filled backrooms need to be closed, cobwebs cleaned … a trial by fire.

    Either Pakistan comes out better because of all these exposes or this corruption becomes even more pervasive. Corruption is everywhere and endemic. The people of Pakistan have to decide if they will stop tolerating corruption or let it thrive as is the case. The power rests wiht the people.Recommend

  • ali nawaz
    Jun 15, 2012 - 9:53AM

    This proves that Riaz is the cleverest man in Pakistan.


  • Jun 15, 2012 - 9:56AM

    The real ugly face of our tv anchors! Action should be taken against Mehr Bokhari and Lucman.


  • Super
    Jun 15, 2012 - 9:59AM

    Infotainment! Nobody should be ashamed or prosecuted. We’re talking about a privately owned channel (who’s sole purpose is to make money) and an entertainer. Why are people being so serious?
    There’s no law in Pakistan that applies to ‘speak truth while you’re on air’ and content on the media is not “regulated”. If it doesn’t infotain you, switch the channel.


  • Asghar Ali
    Jun 15, 2012 - 10:12AM

    This will be remembered as a black spot in media history. Non professionalism at the peak.


  • Jun 15, 2012 - 10:45AM

    It was interesting on one side and desperating on other.Today it has bluntly appeared that anchors who always tried to pretend themselves a very brave and loyal to the country are no more sincere either to their profession or to their country.They just fool the nation.
    It was clearly evident from back of the camera discussions that the interview of Malik Riaz was planted.Both anchors Meher and Mubashir must be shameful and must apologize from the nation and they must quit this profession without any further justifications as well as delay.


  • Asad
    Jun 15, 2012 - 11:26AM

    @Tahir Hussain: Not a chance, we pakistanis have no sense of accepting our mistakes and apologizing. Meher has already come out and is painting it has light hearted off the record conversation. These people have no sense of ethics or professionalism it is clearly a planted interview planned by Riaz, Mian Amir owner of Dunya tv and Bunny.


  • Jun 15, 2012 - 11:51AM

    there is no law for rich man in pakistan , our good looking ankors are also puppet of them.we need to judge btween gd and bad


  • Aqib malik
    Jun 15, 2012 - 11:52AM

    there is no law for rich man in pakistan , our good looking ankors are also pupet .Allah mercy on us and make them good


  • Mirza
    Jun 15, 2012 - 12:05PM

    Resposibility may be fixed at DunyaNews Channels rather than at MB & ML. Channel administration should have maintained the transparency and professional honesty. Who own the channel, i think Mr. Mian Amir who is Pro Muslim League (N) ? Wonderfull job for one who leaked and uploaded the off air. I would request all the staff of diffrent channels working behind the camera must keep such great job for the betterment of the country :).


  • Omer
    Jun 15, 2012 - 12:22PM

    Why is nobody criticizing Mian Amir? The owner of Dunya TV!


  • Bawa
    Jun 15, 2012 - 2:11PM

    They both shouild have been fired – greedy and corrupt people. I am not going to watch Dunya from now on


  • Bawa
    Jun 15, 2012 - 2:14PM

    @Karachi Metro:
    Its true Luqman is backed by government & agencies. Please wake up to realise truth


  • Bilal
    Jun 15, 2012 - 2:31PM

    Why wasnt meher bukhari suspended?


  • Asad Ehsan
    Jun 15, 2012 - 2:36PM

    Nothing wrong in the leaked video as well. You do live programs this way. nothing wrong.Mubasher Lucman is great.


  • Gilgit- Baltistan
    Jun 15, 2012 - 2:50PM

    Shame on you lucman and meher . we were deeply respecting you peoples due to your some good programmes and interview. but we were not aware of your actual face and fact. you both are GADDAR for being a part of Malim Riaz and his team to blame the CJ and Supremecourt. shame shame shames and shame for you both………!!!!


  • hasan
    Jun 15, 2012 - 3:26PM

    Shame on both anchors for pre-decided “live show”.


  • usman
    Jun 15, 2012 - 3:38PM

    this is really very shamles that anchors seems to be the benficial for the country but they are also the criminals


  • Yousuf Hasan
    Jun 15, 2012 - 4:22PM

    Dignity of a pen for a journalist is as sensitive as the virginity of teenage girl. That was the time when Pakistan Press use to cater news, articles and column which were the guidance to the development of socio- economic, politics, policies, international affairs, rules with right of the citizen and role of rulers. The great names like Agha Suresh Kashmiri, Z.A.Sulehri, Khawja Najiullah, Ibnul Hasan, Manzar-ul-Hasan, Fakere Matri and Zameer Niazi who left the Current Affair media orphan in the hands of greedy, cruel, opportunists, traitors, blackmailers, blood suckers and thief of their noble earnings. The gone were the personalities known as professionals in their field and beyond any doubts in their ability, capability integrity, honesty and courage. Their sentences were use to be full articles and their articles use to be the guidance to right path. They were non-saleable, non-cashable, no greed, no to everything that put the pen and ink into saleable commodity. Today the Current Affairs have converted into monetary affairs. Nineteen Journalists who were purchased by Mr. Riaz Malik is the blessing of Malik Sahib of showing the real face of those who are not other then a blackmailers to the society, to the nation and to the world of journalism.Recommend

  • Azeem
    Jun 15, 2012 - 5:11PM

    Th court should make exemplary punihsment to all those who have been involved in this corruption. Particulary the court should take proper notice of the list that has been published yesterday shwoing the details of the plots that have been granted to differnet anchor persons by Bahira Town. Shame on all these anchors..


  • Ghareeb Awam
    Jun 15, 2012 - 5:13PM

    If the two anchors have taken bribe, then they would have prepared for the show and set up the things before hand, rather then discussing the question and answers in front of rest of the crew. I am not saying that they both are clean, obviously they are not, from what the video suggests, but this is a case of involvement of whole TV channel. The ease on their faces while setting up the show speaks it all. Now Duniya tv has made Mubashir Luqman an escape goat to get away from this.

    I am glad to see their corruption being shown, and some other tv channels should now wait for their turn. Our media is definitely corrupt and its an open secret.


  • Riaz Khan
    Jun 15, 2012 - 7:44PM

    Mubasher Lucman is one honest journalist! I had the pleasure of knowing him professionally & can vouch for his honesty. He will come out from this mess, no question about it.


  • Abid
    Jun 15, 2012 - 8:17PM

    Salute to you , who leaked this stuff.


  • pakistan for sale
    Jun 15, 2012 - 11:13PM

    @Super:if privately owned channels, have the right to make money,and duniya shouldnt be banned. then why judge doctors who steal kidneys of the innocent for the rich? let dowry system be the legitimate business. if this nation is headed this way then why target gillani for saying “if you want to leave, please do so”
    however we will judge sharmeen obaid for her documentary, who bagged an oscar. remarkable!

    hats off to the who ever surfaced this video on youtube.

    thank you.


  • Ali Rizvi
    Jun 16, 2012 - 12:04AM

    I think Mubashir Luccman had little to do with what ever happened. Though he was part of it but how much boss’s pressure can one take. After all he is an employee of Dunya News. The boss (Mian Amir) kept calling him constantly and kept pressurizing him not to cross question or interrupt. Sometimes one is forced to follow the corporate policy and that is where the ethical dilemma comes. Most people give into the senior personnel’s pressure and some don’t. Being agitated by the number of calls he was receiving, he even left the show at once point and threatened to tell the truth on air. People should think rationally.


  • Sandip
    Jun 16, 2012 - 1:19AM

    This was the guy who sometime back questioned the patriotism of Mr. Najam Sethi. Some patriotism is on display here indeed.


  • docterfz
    Jun 16, 2012 - 2:01AM

    now Govt. should wake up because people will not come in there conspirsy against CJ


  • Tariq
    Jun 16, 2012 - 3:48AM

    Inquirey as to who leaked the video, what a bunch of nonsense, this guy should be given a medal, but in Pakistan he will probably get life in Prison as Pakistan is run by criminal gangs.


  • Aftab
    Jun 16, 2012 - 3:48AM

    Shame on the presenters, they should be fired without hesitation. They don’t have any principles or dignity. Love CJ and vote for Imran Khan to save Pakistan. The rest have all failed


  • Shiny disko baal
    Jun 16, 2012 - 4:23AM

    “Sources told Pakistan Today that an inquiry has been ordered against those who leaked the video.”


  • jawed sardar
    Jun 16, 2012 - 4:57AM

    I am not suprised by this news. In Pakistan money is God and can buy you a seat in Pakistan National Assembly, You bribe and grt billions of rupees contract. Examples are long but see how Aitejaz Hassan bought a seat from Zardari or I can say that Nr Aitejaz was bribed by Zardari. And The Big Show Of Mr Malik Riyaz will see his fate. All the corrupt persons are supporting Malik Riraz. It was very clear from day one that a conspiracy is being made against CJ by corrupt politicians and other corrupt elements of our society. We must pray for CJ to stay strong as he has done and we must support CJ.


  • tahmina
    Jun 16, 2012 - 5:16AM

    You need to know how recordings are done, there are no logos on recordings unless they are edit and aired, it s just that simple.


  • cheema
    Jun 16, 2012 - 7:47AM


    Just like Dr Shakeel Afridi ???


  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:02AM

    In Pakistan Money can buy any thing.

    Malik Riaz, and many people like Malik Riaz, playing media with money.

    Malik Riaz type,Arsalan type ,all runing for money, no matter.

    Why media people think, they are clean


  • abid
    Jun 16, 2012 - 12:30PM

    Mehwish Bukhari admitted its a planted interview – what this fuss is about


  • Jun 16, 2012 - 3:44PM

    “….Shame on both anchors for pre-decided “live show”.”
    For your information, it is just a show.
    “…..Ofcourse, they are all in it for the money.”
    As money makes the world go round.


  • ozair mustafa
    Jun 16, 2012 - 3:58PM

    I only hope that other talk shows are any different, but I dont think so , they are either very pretictable,or Biased, or seen towing a certain part line.

    I have yet to see some one real professional only except Talat, but I know many might disagree.


  • M Umair Asghar
    Jun 16, 2012 - 4:48PM

    Dunya News ….in HOT waters :)


  • Jun 16, 2012 - 8:45PM

    You need to know how recordings are done, there are no logos on recordings unless they are edit and aired, it s just that simple. “

    Elementary, my dear Watson!


  • airfa
    Jun 24, 2012 - 10:01AM

    how we can beleive The persons


  • topkatt333
    Jun 26, 2012 - 1:50AM

    Mr. Lucman & Ms. Bokhary have been very rightly EXPOSED. Now whatever amount of lame excuses they give, the people have seen what exactly ‘makes the mare go’. This not only exposes these two but the journalist community as whole, may they beTV channel owners(Dunya news), Newspaper owners,anchors,newspaper columnists etc. Mr. Lucman gave numerous lectures on being upright, corruption, lawlessness/rule of the jungle etc. Whereas he has been seen by people to flout rules & regulations himself especially on PIA aircrafts(no smoking regulations & proudly announcing to his fellow passengers of how he can get away with it). It is just a case of ‘pot calling the kettle black’. Apne girrayibaan mein tu jhaank ke dekhein Lucman sahib.


  • mubeen ahmad
    Jun 26, 2012 - 5:45PM

    We should be ashamed of ourselves as these people are direct reflection of our society, no need to blame them as any one of us would have done the same. Its high time we mend our ways and realize the graveness of the situation in our country. We need to sort out our own act, so honest and good people play an important role in our society rather than we produce the zardari’s, sharifs, imrans and TV anchors like these.


  • B.Ally
    Jun 27, 2012 - 10:45AM

    I thought he was a good guy talking lofty on every topic. Man what a double face he turned out to be. I have stopped listening to such guys. Better to watch Masala TV.


  • Raza
    Jun 28, 2012 - 11:44AM

    Why isn’t Meher suspended too? Both are partners in crime…


  • Truth Exposed
    Jun 29, 2012 - 7:11PM

    [an inquiry has been ordered against those who leaked the video]
    Instead of doing an inquiry against anchors, inquiry is being directed against the one who decided to expose truth.

  • Truth Exposed
    Jun 29, 2012 - 7:17PM

    This shows that all these people in talk shows are doing Noora Kushti to fool common people. In reality all of them are one and united.


  • Arshad Kazmi
    Jul 4, 2012 - 5:21AM

    Both anchors are hard working folks trying to put halal food on their table.


  • Syed Shah
    Aug 8, 2012 - 3:30PM

    No Lucman is clean. He must be re-instated.


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