‘Anchorgate’: Criminal case lodged against Dunya TV whistleblowers

Published: June 16, 2012
On-air, off-air clips submitted by PEMRA being viewed during a meeting of the full court.

On-air, off-air clips submitted by PEMRA being viewed during a meeting of the full court.


In an attempt at damage control, Dunya TV channel’s management registered a criminal case against ‘unidentifed’ people responsible for publicising off-air footage of a controversial interview with Bahria Town chief Malik Riaz.

The footage went viral on the internet since it was first anonymously uploaded on video sharing website Youtube, showing an off-the-record conversation between television anchors Meher Bokhari and Mubasher Lucman, and Riaz. The footage made public on Thursday made some shocking revelations, including the fact that the entire interview was planted.

The Kohsar police said they registered an FIR on an application filed by Zulfiqar Massi, the administration manager of Dunya TV.

He maintained in his complaint that “unidentified people” had stolen the footage from their Islamabad office in sector F-7/1, which was not supposed to be put on record.

A police official who did not want to be named said the channel’s management did not nominate anyone as a suspect. He hinted, however, that certain names could be put forward as suspects in the future.

The official said though the ‘thieves’ were likely to be people from within the organisation, the possibility that the footage had been stolen by an outsider could not be ruled out either.

Published In The Express Tribune, June 16th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (62)

  • Aamir
    Jun 16, 2012 - 9:43AM

    The owner and management of Dunya TV should be ashamed of their conduct in which they run their channel……I salute to those unsung heroes who uncovered the ugly faces of Mubasher Luqman and Mehar Bukhari……..just disgusting.


  • roadkashehzada
    Jun 16, 2012 - 9:44AM

    inviting another suo moto….


  • dr.sunny
    Jun 16, 2012 - 9:53AM

    so this is proved that video was absolutely geniune!!


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jun 16, 2012 - 10:03AM

    The unedited footage released the other day have shown the real faces of the anchors and guest.

    Those who were not aware as what happens behind the curtains have now understand that how such TV talks shows are managed and put on air that are far from reality.

    The nation should understand that there are very few people in Pakistan who are not double standard.


  • Jun 16, 2012 - 10:09AM

    Curiously, the management went after the wrong guys. How predictable!


  • Fahd
    Jun 16, 2012 - 10:10AM

    Hats off to the person who revealed the true faces of so called TV anchors (traitors)


  • bilal
    Jun 16, 2012 - 10:17AM

    you should be thankful to him who leaked this video. now they all will face the trial including your channel for supporting such culprits.


  • NBajwa
    Jun 16, 2012 - 10:21AM

    Nothing is ever what it seems in this beautiful land of ours. Where are we going, we all wonder?


  • Ahmer Ali
    Jun 16, 2012 - 10:45AM

    There must should be the rules implemented by PEMRA sricktly through which these types of falsehoods,fabrications and embellishments could be eradicated/uprooted from the talk shows and other TV shows against the key posts’ leaders and the anchors the violators of rules must be punished strictly at any cost.


  • haroon ali
    Jun 16, 2012 - 10:58AM

    FIR should be launched against Dunya Tv for lying to the nation and showing a ‘planted’ show to it’s audience.


  • Pak Tester
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:06AM

    Wow! a new GATE now. it seems that Pakistan obsessed with gates. I wonder, people will stop applying for GATE examinations anymore, the way this word is being abused.Recommend

  • Concerned Citizen
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:06AM

    The true pakistani way. Go after the person who dared to tell or show the truth behind the faces of our tycoons and media personnel. The management registering an FIR against this whistleblower has to a certain extent proved that they were aware what is happening in their newsroom. If they were really after the truth they would have tried to find more truth in this matter. Plus, what do we expect from this news channel, they are in the business to make money by any means necessary and not to provide the truth to the citizens of Pakistan.


  • Duniya
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:07AM

    Instead of calling it “Anchorgate”, you should call it “Dunya Gates” by its proper name!Recommend

  • Dr. Doolittle
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:13AM

    Case against the whistleblowers and the CJs son goes scot free! The whistleblower must be someone really close to Arslan; he/she managed to divert the attention away from the real crook who started this all.


  • MZMian
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:16AM

    Now thats spot on. Charge and convict that damn criminal who tried to stand up for his journalistic integrity, who revealed that stage drama of an interview for what it really was and fulfilled his journalistic duty by not simply standing idly by as his countrymen were being misled and deceived. But of course make sure the faces and the personas that bring in the big bucks and just happen to mislead deceive and ‘allegedly’ bribe in a big bonus on the way, are protected at any and all costs.
    This is the hypocrisy in our media organisation that portray themselves as bastions of the right to free speech thought and expression yet seek to silence them in the industry as a whole as well as within their own rank and file.
    Hats off to the brave person or persons who brought this evidence into the court of public opinion….Assange, Manning, “unidentified Dunya reporter” I salute you


  • @plarkin
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:21AM

    And what’s the crime that the police are investigating? That someone recorded the show from the sides – is that a crime?


  • Jun 16, 2012 - 11:22AM

    We are with the whistleblowers!! Dunya news administration should be ashamed of their act.


  • Asad Malik
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:39AM

    The interesting thing to note here is that who will benefit from this the most?

    The video clearly proves that this wasn’t the first time they actually staged such a show. Isn’t it convenient that someone in the crew developed a conscience? Well played Geo, well played indeed.

    Note: I do not endorse their actions and I am disgusted by them as much as the next person but behind every scandal, there is always someone who benefits from it.


  • Asif Ali
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:45AM

    Dunya TV is trying to save their face with this criminal case. Well, if its just the website’s fault why the heck did the channel aired full interview of Malik Riaz?
    Meher Bukhari and Mubashir Luqman are NO kids, they DO know that the case is subjudiced. They should also know that when Mr Riaz first held his press conference, SC did take notice and he was barred from using media till the case is decided.
    So why after all that Ms Bukhari and Mr Luqman attempted such action?
    “Too smart” may sometimes prove to be “too foolish” – or perhaps they got big bucks from Mr Riaz?
    Shame on such channels and such anchors.


  • Salman
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:46AM

    Pakistani media is totally corrupt and blackmailers. Heck, they even don’t spare their own anchors. I wonder, these senior journalists should ever trust their own organization ? I am really fedup of our media. Everything here looks staged, fabricated and unprofessional. For this particular show, I blame Dunya TV more then Mubashur or that wana be journalist Meher. Why don’t they make sure that their own anchors are following any protocol or code of conduct and then these troll channels give ordinary viewers lecture of ethics all the time.


  • A J Khan
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:50AM

    No one is sacred other than truth and innocence. No one should exploit the power vested in them including courts, media and Government..


  • Asif
    Jun 16, 2012 - 12:10PM

    ALI BABA and the 41 Thieves.


  • Amir
    Jun 16, 2012 - 12:15PM

    In civilized society, such whistleblowers are protected by law. Here if they are caught, will languish in jail. So sad.
    Hats off to these brave whistleblowers.


  • Amir Liaqat
    Jun 16, 2012 - 12:15PM

    ET will listen what it wants just like the black media people above discussed


  • Hasan
    Jun 16, 2012 - 12:23PM

    It is an irony that instead of saluting the whistle blower, the media group has registered an FIR. This episode of planted interview has shaken my confidence over whole media.


  • sarfraz
    Jun 16, 2012 - 12:26PM

    This is the true picture of all media not particularly of DUNYIA TV. We Pakistanies must learn from this insidence that what all is shown to us on media is not true, no mater wheather it is Pakistani media or world media, all are of the same nature. True generalisim has died long time ago. The principle on which they work is ” Tell the lie so bold and loud so that people think it is truth” .The media only decives the people. The people from media have no religion, no country with which they are loyal except the money, they can be bought easily. SO be carefull in future.


  • abid
    Jun 16, 2012 - 12:26PM

    Dunya news should investigate Luqman and Bukhari’s assets instead


  • Riaz Khan
    Jun 16, 2012 - 12:47PM

    We must all understand that the anchorpersons have to be civilized & decent even with crooks like Malik Riaz thus I see nothing wrong which took place. They were very normal things to happen during the course of interviews. Both Musbasher & Mehr are highly respected anchor persons & I still respect them since they did nothing unethical.


  • Socrates
    Jun 16, 2012 - 12:52PM

    Typical Pakistani mentality !!
    Hang the sucker who told the truth. Julian Assange is a living example. just follow what happens to him.

  • Jun 16, 2012 - 12:52PM

    khaa… haa …haa… ” Choor Machaye Shoor”…..

    The admistration should be charged for deceiving the viewers…. who religiously watch these telecasts ….

    in my opinion…calling spade a spade is better then to stay mum and be part of the system.

    I salute to the whislteblowers….


  • Dunya TV Admin
    Jun 16, 2012 - 12:56PM

    Respected Ladies n Gentleman….please show patience, we are trying our level best to bring the facts. please don’t put blame on anyone til the time you have solid evidence of it.Recommend

  • Usman
    Jun 16, 2012 - 1:00PM

    I salute to the person who has uploaded this . what ever the aim was to upload the video at least now.people who blindly believe in 3Rd class bikao mall like mehr bukhari and lucman

    these are the people who will do anything for money . people like them should be hanged for playing with emotions of common people

    sadly I am ashamed of being a pakistani because of such traitors and people who would do .
    ny thing for money ask and inquire them where did that joker riaz malik gave them plots in bahria town


  • John
    Jun 16, 2012 - 1:51PM

    A public apology would have been welcome. Its a shame ethics and morality are losing value in our society.Recommend

  • Abdul Azeem
    Jun 16, 2012 - 1:54PM

    Even it is not right but we encourage the person who bared the meadi’s evil faces.


  • Pea Brain
    Jun 16, 2012 - 1:57PM

    I appreciate the leakage of this video that clearly reflects the appalling faces of not just individuals but organizations that control and condition the affairs of the state. This video is a portrayal of a society corrupt to the bone. Where lowlife figures get illegitimate money through shady power deals. People like Malik Riaz and Amir Mahmood are the nobodies of this world who would have their praise sung through their ill-acquired fortune.

    As much as I laud this video I can not but also share the same disdain for the whistle-blowers. I find it hard to believe that those ‘noble heroes’, as some might call them, did all this out of righteousness. No. In this land of the ‘pure’ nothing such as this happens without a ghastly ploy in the background. I am sure these ‘noble’ whistle-blowers are on the payroll of another horrendous face like the Lucman, Meher, Malik, and Mian that we so loathe today.

    These are all figures of shallow personalities and little egos. This country has become the quagmire of greed stricken filthy souls who find solace in their power trips. So, let’s not stone some and hail others for we are all as dirty.


  • ashrafjaved
    Jun 16, 2012 - 1:57PM

    Very very dirty people,real faces of blackmailers,real nature of people indicating family origions. no place to show their faces on earth. Shame……………………………………….Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 16, 2012 - 2:00PM

    What’s all the fuss about ? Reminds me of a saying my old friend loved to use “They are all behaving as if their fart does not smell “.


  • Kishore
    Jun 16, 2012 - 2:09PM

    Hats off to the people who revealed the video to show the real face of anchors to nation


  • Imran Ahsan Mirza
    Jun 16, 2012 - 2:13PM

    Great independent journalists. The whole culture of yellow journalism is exposed.


  • Adil
    Jun 16, 2012 - 2:38PM

    Personally, i don’t see what this fuss is all about. At best, the footage shows two arrogant and unprepared TV anchors trying to get something ‘useful’ and ‘interesting’ out of their guest. Ultimately they are running a tv show and not a judicial tribunal. Yes it reflects badly on the two TV anchors and on Dunya TV but should we really be surprised……


  • ahmadyar
    Jun 16, 2012 - 2:51PM

    i dont know how peope like mobashir luqman are tolerated in media.In every programme his devil nature come before public he is against islam and pakistan .

    .in this case specially he should be sent to jail


  • B.Ally
    Jun 16, 2012 - 2:52PM

    We have now seen the true face and double character of the anchors who day in and day out preach to us morality and label every one else as a cheat.

    Their sermons are sickening. I now watch only cooking programmes.


  • AA
    Jun 16, 2012 - 3:10PM

    Booooooo on Dunya


  • concerned citizen
    Jun 16, 2012 - 3:37PM

    Court should order a regulation authority for media to be formed which can anonymously check on any TV channel whenever it wishes without any prior notification. This would keep the news anchors on their toes all the time and would greatly minimize, if not totally eradicate, such issues.


  • hannan
    Jun 16, 2012 - 3:38PM

    The mettle of the person who brought the video out should b admired …. he might be a criminal in duniya news,s eye but in mine he is a true maverick ,,,, who showed us what these media house,s are all abt … Even if he is apprehended he would be hailed as a hero
    What he did most of us would have never done ..


  • BaBa Blacksheep
    Jun 16, 2012 - 3:45PM

    They are not the only one.Name of 19 TV`s Anchors also has been surfaced.


  • Jun 16, 2012 - 3:47PM

    lol now that’s ridiculous a criminal and culprits (owners) wants to register case against their own criminal’s……………….WHAT A JOKE……….


  • Fareed
    Jun 16, 2012 - 4:03PM

    Luqman and Meher Bokhari should be thrown into jail immediately.


  • KB
    Jun 16, 2012 - 4:19PM

    Criminal Charges, are you kidding me? This kind of reaction will stop anyone doing the right thing next time. The law of country should safeguard any act that is in larger interest of public.


  • Fareed
    Jun 16, 2012 - 4:25PM

    ET shame on you !!!


  • sohaib
    Jun 16, 2012 - 4:35PM

    Thats amazing. This can happen only in Pakistan. The fixers are allowed to go wherever but the whistleblower goes to jail.


  • asma
    Jun 16, 2012 - 5:02PM

    Sad though but all over the world whistle blowers are termed as “criminals”. Times have changed, now exposing truth is a crime but lying intelligently is “interpersonal skills” and someone whose worthy of respect and employment!!!
    When Rupert Murdoch’s, the news corporation tycoon, phone hacking scandal came in the fore, the whistle blower was found dead just a few days after he exposed the scandal. It was stunning to note that there was no investigation of the death but it was told he killed himself!!!!! What a joke.


  • Jibran Bilal
    Jun 16, 2012 - 5:24PM

    I WILL ASK, ” WHERE STANDS THE LIFTING OF QURAN BY MALIK RIAZ, “? Isn’t it obvious that He lied before entire nation swearing upon Quran? Same is true for Zulfiqar Mirza. We, the innocent people think that these criminals believe in God. They do not. That’s why they have no fears for such deeds. Now, the new rule is , ” whoever comes up with Quran on Media and start blaming someone respectable, must be a a Fake, “. Riaz Malik is a fake and is planted with conspiracy with some big media houses to undermine the Judiciary, to make it worthless before the eyes of the nation. And when this goal is achieved, then these Money looting VAMPIRES enter the much bigger resources of the nation to loot and sell them to foreign companies for pennies on a dollar. Nation will lose whatever wealth it has remaining and these looters and their foreign supporters will celebrate the victory because it is the Judiciary who is standing between their criminal plan to come true. Malik Riaz is, was , a criminal and all those supporting him from the media or in the Government , are the criminals as well. It’s the hand of LAW that must extend to their neck now if the nation stands behind the Judiciary.


  • mr. righty rightist
    Jun 16, 2012 - 5:48PM

    Pakistan in a nutshell –

    You expose TV corruption, you will get a case registered.

    You help kill Osama, you will be jailed for 33 years.

    You bring a Nobel prize, you will be humiliated.

    You expose the rot in the society, you will be tortured.

    It’s the land of the pure.

    You kill a sincere politician, you will be garlanded.

    You attack an Indian city, you will be revered.

    You bomb Mumbai, you will be protected.

    You steal nuke technology, you will be lionized.


  • speakthetruth
    Jun 16, 2012 - 7:03PM

    @Dr. Doolittle:
    Though whistle blowers are technically speaking the truth, the fact is if whistle blowing is not discouraged this can go a step further and national security might be put at stake. If one wants to reveal something to the outside world have the guts to do it openly! This is a risk but then speaking the truth is always a risky business.


  • Kanwal
    Jun 16, 2012 - 7:15PM

    Whoever suggested to the Dunya tv admin that THIS is damage control, should be stripped of their job immediatl. This just means more bad name for them. And they can use some good publicity badl now.


  • MK
    Jun 16, 2012 - 7:31PM

    Thanks to the one and only..Mush.

    For the slow ones: he’s the chap who gave us this “free media” lol. 40% of our population is under 14 years old, and 99% of those kids are not going to school. Reality check.


  • Mubashir
    Jun 16, 2012 - 9:34PM

    @Dunya TV Admin:

    What are you taking about… Haven’t you seen your own video of the show..Drop the Facade and Be Honest for a Change…! This attitude of yours is Disgraceful and Shameless..


  • WB
    Jun 16, 2012 - 9:34PM

    Everyone should BOYCOTT Dunya TV


  • Vigilant
    Jun 16, 2012 - 9:46PM

    “Face Saving”……hahahaha after leakage of that video no face left for savingRecommend

  • Nisar Khan
    Jun 17, 2012 - 5:49PM

    Why is there no case against Dunya Channel for showing phony interview which is a clear contempt of court?
    Why is the Channel suddenly flooded with long duration commercials of “Bahria Gardens” and “Awami Hukoomat Kay Awami Karnamay”??

    Is there anyone to conduct an independent investigation to ALL these linkages???


  • nasim ahmed
    Jun 18, 2012 - 10:56AM

    Now we know how these anchors were using harsh words in their interviews and maligning each and every person on there channel.One should also see how they made so much money.


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