Conspiracy allegations: Nexus between SC, media group exposed

Published: December 12, 2013
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“Today, Iftikhar Chaudhry repaid [the favour] by allowing the same group to exclusively cover the full court reference proceedings,” says Aitzaz Ahsan. PHOTO: FILE

“Today, Iftikhar Chaudhry repaid [the favour] by allowing the same group to exclusively cover the full court reference proceedings,” says Aitzaz Ahsan. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

The nexus between the Supreme Court administration and a private media group was exposed on Wednesday. The said media group published and broadcasted several news items – including some publicity material – a few days before the retirement of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. In return, the same group was allowed to exclusively cover the full-court reference in honour of the outgoing chief justice.

The media group was favoured at the cost of national and international media. Quite unsurprisingly, several cases are pending adjudication against the same media group in the top court of the country since long.

PPP Senator and lawyers’ leader Aitzaz Ahsan said that a private media group has been airing a publicity campaign for Iftikhar Chaudhry at the cost of its own commercial interests. “Today, Iftikhar Chaudhry repaid [the favour] by allowing the same group to exclusively cover the full court reference proceedings,” said Aitzaz, who had spearheaded a movement for the reinstatement of dozens of top court judges, including Justice Chaudhry, after they were sacked by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

Renowned lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri said that Justice Chaudhry used to sit silent in courtroom No 1 during proceedings. “The moment the reporter of one media group entered the court, he would unleash a barrage of observations and remarks,” he added.

Journalists from other news channels staged a protest against the discrimination displayed by the court administration in the premises of the Supreme Court on the occasion of the retirement of the outgoing chief justice. They demanded the new CJP hold an inquiry into the incident.

Hameed, the secretary of the outgoing chief justice Chaudhry, explained that the services of a private cameraman were acquired. “The cameraman was asked to provide the footage to all TV channels, but he provided footage to one specific channel only,” he said.

The journalists, however, did not accept his stance and maintained that the incident happened according to a plan prepared in advance. They said that a few employees of the apex court were also involved in the conspiracy and demanded an independent inquiry.

The president of the Supreme Court Bar and the vice-chairman of the Pakistan Bar Council also supported the journalists’ stance and joined them in demanding an inquiry.

The Supreme Court provided no explanation regarding the incident till the filing of this report.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 12th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Lal Din Meerasi
    Dec 12, 2013 - 3:38AM

    More to come in theaters near you. Stay tuned.

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  • challenger
    Dec 12, 2013 - 3:42AM

    Please name the group? otherwise don’t talk about the group. I am not Pakistan and this is annoying!!! Or use hint words like orange and blue lol?

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  • Asad
    Dec 12, 2013 - 3:49AM

    Guess someone else will be taking suo moto action now…

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  • Wateva
    Dec 12, 2013 - 3:52AM

    ET stop being petty and dramatic. There is no nexus as such. Another channel just outscooped and you would have done the same if you had opportunity. This is just a case of sour grapes.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Dec 12, 2013 - 4:43AM

    Supporters of dictator and corrupt elements of previous government have come out from their holes but these cowards will not succeed in their mission. Whole nation is with ex CJ.

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  • Ze.d
    Dec 12, 2013 - 6:04AM

    I just hope the “love affair” with that media group won’t continue.

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  • riz
    Dec 12, 2013 - 6:16AM

    That media group had find no match in Pakistan as a reason it is leading; advice for opponents “dare to compete”

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  • Parvez Amin
    Dec 12, 2013 - 6:58AM

    This has to be the most ridiculous news item this year. An apology is due from ET for publishing it.

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  • Ahmed
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:36AM

    ET that media group has a name and that name is Geo News

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  • Hasan Hasni
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:45AM

    We had the golden opportunity where rule of law could be implemented at grass root levels. This was only possible with revamping of lower judiciary system. We again failed miserably and created another organ of the country with powerful people. The power culture is not diminishing but expanded with more privilege people of Pakistan. We were hoping the power culture will be weakening under Chief Justice but we were failed.

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  • Ajab Khan Baloch
    Dec 12, 2013 - 8:15AM

    Sour grapes……..

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  • Nikki
    Dec 12, 2013 - 8:49AM

    So finally the cat has come out from bag.
    Only truth prevails in this world niether rule of law nor independent judiciary in Pakistan particularly.
    God Protect Pakistan

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  • Dec 12, 2013 - 8:55AM

    Unless and until ET does not label the names, nothing good ever comes out of evil. Evil will continue and names will be withheld to protect egos. Take a bold step by exposing them fully and not nebulously. Salams

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  • Humayun
    Dec 12, 2013 - 9:10AM

    Sounds like more of a maligning campaign from pro Mush camp in particular. I feel that current government would also be celebrating CJ Iftikhar’s exit. I respect and appreciate CJ’s courage and bold decisions.

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  • Daniyal
    Dec 12, 2013 - 9:31AM

    Pathetic and Biased Reporting. Please grow up guys.

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  • GS@Y
    Dec 12, 2013 - 10:18AM

    Small-minded people making small-minded comments. ET, you can do better!

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  • Ahsanullah
    Dec 12, 2013 - 10:33AM

    media has portrayed the incident quite negatively. Chief justice never asked the admin SC to not allow news channels except Geo news to cover the event. CJ has nothing to do with it. it was an administration blunder. i think media need more educated, rationale people not only news makers the consequences may be whatever.Recommend

  • Shazia Bangash
    Dec 12, 2013 - 11:02AM

    The same group announced the election results with indecent haste, which helped push through the dubious results of the deeply flawed elections. It also lent one of its analysts to be the caretaker CM of Punjab and we all know what he ‘delivered’ there. The role of the RO’s was also unacceptable.
    Now what we saw at the SC yesterday seems to imply that there was an establishment-PML-judiciary nexus operating to ensure the status quo does not change. I feel for the naivete of Imran Khan who used to be the CJP’s most outspoken supporter.

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  • fawad
    Dec 12, 2013 - 11:42AM

    It was not as big an issue as the media made it. Just proves that our media shows what is in their own personal interests rather than the real issues.

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  • Arshad
    Dec 12, 2013 - 12:04PM

    Exclisuve coverage is mad race amongst media houses only. Its shameful to make everything disputed. This country need heros our current and future generations can take pride on.Recommend

  • Shankar
    Dec 12, 2013 - 1:54PM

    @Nikki:
    In Pakistan who can use whom you never know.
    I respect you when you say TRUTH prevails.But, in your country truth is burried and the person who strives to digout it become victim———-Nikki you know that

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  • Raheel
    Dec 12, 2013 - 6:24PM

    @GS@Y:

    So you are a part of small mided people becuase you have also commented.Guy, people have the right to express their view,critical, positive and analytical.So be tolerant to bear others point of veiw.

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:08PM

    @Lal Din Meerasi:
    Very good meerasi.Be ready for drum beats and song.I am with you.

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  • azmat khan
    Dec 12, 2013 - 7:17PM

    Now there is no ambiguity left.A clear nexus between the particular media group and the outgoing CJ was in effect.The group took undue advantages out of the nexus.

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  • Dec 12, 2013 - 11:25PM

    PROPAGANDA; This is just a propaganda against the august supreme court of Pakistan and it appears that some group is trying to malign the then Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary as the said group appears to have been pregnant with grudge and malice. Whatever that group any other individual say but the fact remains that Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary gained historical respect and honour and during his tenure landmark decisions were taken by the August court.

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  • Dec 12, 2013 - 11:28PM

    @Ahsanullah: Sir you are absolutely right.

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  • fuad
    Dec 13, 2013 - 1:11AM

    This media group and PML had financed the lawyers movement so it was pay back time by the Chief Justice.Recommend

  • Akhtar
    Dec 13, 2013 - 2:46AM

    Ch Iftikhar should be charged and tried for corruption, for misuse of judicial power, for treason for supporting the overthrow of Const by Musharraf and for illegal disqualification of PM Gilani, for causing huge economic loss to the country (PSM and other cases), blackmail, extortion (Malik Riaz)…He should be arrested and put on ECL along with his son.., for illegal grants of 5 licenses to GEO etc..Recommend

  • Abdul Ghani
    Dec 13, 2013 - 1:51PM

    @the skunk

    Can I know your name please? You have asked ET to do the sae after all. Baray Bol from a coward who hides behind an alias.

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  • Imran
    Dec 13, 2013 - 3:28PM

    Someone please enlighten me; What is the logic behind reporting news without taking names? Since everyone knows that ‘one media group’ is Geo, then what purpose does it serve to hide it. This practice of disguising names is prevalent all over Pakistani media and its unprofessional and simply annoying.

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  • A Peshawary
    Dec 14, 2013 - 12:32PM

    @SA Chaudhary:
    August Court of Molvi Mushtaq, Dogar or Iftikhar Chaurdry, keep on guessing many more names.

    A Peshawary

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