On September 23, 2013, the Supreme Court indicated that it would give the right of hearing to senior journalist Nazir Naji on an allegation that he had received Rs3 million from the Intelligence Bureau (IB) during the second government of PML-N in 1999.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry asked Attorney General Muneer A. Malik to go through the Sept 5 application of Asad Kharal, reporter of an English daily, levelling the allegation against Mr Naji, and assist it in the matter of providing the right of hearing to him.
The court had taken up allegations that the last PPP government had drawn Rs270 million from the IB fund in 2008-09 to dislodge the Punjab government.
The news item headlined “Govt withdrew millions from Intelligence Bureau’s accounts” was published by the English daily on March 14 last year. The reporter claimed that former director general of the IB Dr Shoaib Suddle had confirmed that the money had been drawn from the bureau’s secret fund and that when he brought the matter to the notice of former prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani he kept quiet because of political considerations.
The report also accused the PPP government of drawing Rs400 million between 1988 and 1990 from the IB fund to buy loyalty of parliamentarians to offset a ‘no-confidence’ motion, win Azad Kashmir elections and remove the provincial government in then NWFP and install Aftab Sherpao as chief minister.
On Monday, the court asked IB Director General Sikandar Hayat to go through the application and submit a para-wise reply.
In his application, Asad Kharal alleged that the IB had doled out Rs3 million to Mr Naji who at the time was not only a columnist of a Urdu daily but also held a government office as chairman of the Pakistan Academy of Letters from April 3, 1997, to Oct 22, 1999.
He said Saeed Mehdi, principal secretary to prime minister Nawaz Sharif at that time, had met then IB chief retired Col Iqbal Niazi in the Prime Minister Secretariat and conveyed Mr Sharif’s message about paying Rs3m to Mr Naji.
Col Niazi was the personal staff officer of Mr Sharif in 1998 before his appointment as IB director general. Retired Major Farid Jadoon, who was personal staff officer of Col Niazi, had delivered the money to Mr Naji in his house. The application alleged that the IB had audio and video recordings of Mr Naji’s alleged confession. The conversation was recorded by Col Ehsanul Haq, then Punjab chief of the IB, in the presence of Col Niazi.
It also accused the IB of converting Rs100 million into a foreign currency and sending it abroad through illegal channels like Hawala/Hundi.
Col Niazi had denied the allegation in the Supreme Court and termed it a conspiracy. Maj Jadoon also denied that he had handed over the money to Mr Naji. On Monday, the two former officers submitted their statements in sealed envelopes.
The attorney general said he would like to examine the documents in the office of registrar. Referring to the allegation of doling out Rs400m for political exigencies, he recalled that the IB had already mentioned the purpose of withdrawing the money from its secret fund in 2008-09.
On May 13, the IB had informed the court that the money had been used to counter insurgency in Balochistan. It said the spending had been certified by the controlling authority.
By H.Saqib, Pakistan Express, Jul 13, 2013
This has confirmed the suspicion that the foreign sources are not just the USA and some countries of Europe but also India.
The blatant bias of some TV Channels and Anchors against the Pakistan Army and the inaction of state regulatory and judicial institutions has been demoralizing for the military and undermined their operational zeal in the conduct of operations against insurgents.
The majority of the people have faith in the military and attributes the ‘inaction’ to executive and judicial bias, which has undermined their credibility and public support.
The Media Commission Report gives an opportunity to redress the error by enacting legislation to outlaw foreign ownership of electronic and print media and to ensure that PEMRA keeps a close watch on dubious or foreign advertising revenues.
Cross ownership of print-electronic media needs to be phased out, accounts of media houses to be audited, submitted to PEMRA, and insolvent media houses closed down. + Usman Khalid+
The calculated leak of Abbotabad Commission Report through Aljazeera has clouded another explosive report of Media Commission.
This report contains revelations by the media regulator, PEMRA and observations of the Commission.
As expected by those closely watching and monitoring the contents of Jang media house, it was revealed that its Channel GeoNews receives foreign funding for its various programs. In its version before the Commission, PEMRA informed that a couple of media houses receive large grants in the form of advertising contracts from overseas sources; one such grant is 20 million British pounds. Some part of this amount may be for paid advertising or sponsorship of a program.
The actual facts are still under the wraps as Geo News is perceived to be very powerful and exercises strong clout in the establishment which in today’s Pakistan.
Why PEMRA is afraid to take any action against Geo?
According to the Report, all or part of this amount is received by an entity which is part of the media group and is used to sponsor non-advertising campaigns.
Any attempt by PEMRA to probe such matters immediately leads to claims that there is an attempt to curb freedom of the media and there is always the recourse to obtaining a stay order if an inquiry is held.
Specifically identifying the programs which received funds from foreign sources, the official statement of the Regulator before the Media Commission says that Zara Socheeya had received sponsorship to the tune of Pounds 20 Million.
Citing another instance of Aman ki Asha the PEMRA officials said the program was being funded by Norwegian NGO named ‘Friends without Borders’. It was found by PEMRA that the footprints lead to Indian sponsors including the Indian state television, the Doordarshan.
The programs stated to have been funded by foreigners deal with contents that are, prima facie, harmless. For instance, who would object to peace with India and people-to-people relations that the media group is promoting?
The Regulator, however, failed to identify that the Indian funding is actually and indirectly meant for those programs which have launched sustained campaign against Pakistan armed forces and security establishment. The armed forces are engaged in a fierce battle against Indian proxies in Balochistan and FATA and also in Karachi. Running anti-army programs by this channel at the moment is like stabbing Pakistan in the back and weakening the resolve of armed forces to fight.
On Jan 19, 2013, a civil court in Islamabad summoned editor-in-chief Friday Times (FT), Najam Sethi, in regard to a defamation case filed by the registrar Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) Dr Faqir Hussain.
According to the plaintiff’s counsel the defamatory content appears in the anonymous section of the magazine ‘Such Gup’, in which it was alluded to the registrar benefiting from the real estate tycoon, Malik Riaz, who owns Bahria Town (BT). The SC registrar is seeking Rs500 million in damages.
Even though the plaintiff’s counsel admitted that his client (SC registrar) owned two houses in BT, which were bought in the open market.
District and sessions judge “west” of Islamabad, Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan, summoned editor-in-chief Najam Sethi of the weekly FT, after a defamation suit was filed by the registrar SC Dr Faqir Hussain.
Dr Hussain in the legal suit demanded Rs500 million in damages from FT, for publishing allegedly defamatory content.
SC registrar said that FT accused him of being amongst the beneficiaries of Malik Riaz and received two houses in Bahria Town (BT).
The relevant portion of the magazine which was challenged in the court appeared in FT edition of August 17-23, 2012 issue, under the title of “Tip of the iceberg” in the anonymous ‘Such Gup’ segment of the magazine.
The section read:
“the Tony affair is just the tip of the iceberg, we hear. The contagion seems to have spread to other officials associated with the hallowed halls of justice. It is rumoured that the gent who’s supposed to register all and sundry has also been the recipient of the Town Tycoon’s largesse to the tune of two houses.”Barrister Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb, counsel of Dr Hussain told the court that “the defamatory story is suggestive of the plaintiff (Dr Hussain) being the recipient of two houses from the ‘Town Tycoon’, which is an obvious reference to the former chairman of BT Malik Riaz Hussain.”
He said that the use of the word “contagion”, which means spreading of disease by contact, corrupting influence, in the story is suggestive of the plaintiff being involved in some sort of corruption.
According to the counsel, the allegations and accusations made in the defamatory story against SC registrar are libelous and defamatory.
However, the counsel admitted before the court that the SC registrar owns two houses in BT.
He said that his plaintiff (Dr Hussain) had purchased two 8 marla houses in BT. One house was purchased by the plaintiff, in the name of his son, in the open market from an allottee and the other was purchased from BT at market rates.
Pakistan is facing daunting challenges, including a violent insurgency that threatens the state. Yet its Interior Ministry just prior to the May 11 election had nothing better to do than to expel Declan Walsh, the New York Times’s bureau chief in Pakistan.
The reasons for the expulsion was not explained. However, a section of the Urdu press has quoted intelligence sources as saying that he was a spy and working for the CIA. He has also been accused of being a close friend of Raymond Davis, another CIA agent who was sent to America after he killed two Pakistanis in Lahore.
The expulsion letter was a two-sentence ibe. The action was taken “in view of your undesirable activities,” the letter read.
Mr. Declan Walsh, 39, has been based in Pakistan since 2004, working first for The Guardian and since 2012 for the NYT.
Jill Abramson, the NYT‘s executive editor, strongly protested the expulsion in a letter to the interior minister, Malik Muhammad Habib Khan.
Mr. Walsh “has a strong track record as a reporter of integrity who has at all times offered balanced, nuanced and factual reporting on Pakistan,” she wrote. “Your charge of ‘undesirable activities’ is vague and unsupported, and Mr. Walsh has received no further explanation of any alleged wrongdoing. We stand by his reporting.”
Mr. Walsh was on a social visit May 9 evening when he received a phone call from a number he did not recognize advising him to “come home now.” He arrived at 12:30 a.m. to find police officers waiting outside, along with a plainclothes officer who handed him the expulsion letter. While the exact circumstances of his expulsion are unusual, his punishment is not. Even as private media have grown more vibrant, Pakistani officials continue to restrict critical reporting and, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, the country remains one of the deadliest for journalists.
Without Mr. Walsh and journalists like him — both Pakistani and foreign — on the scene, Pakistanis and the international community would not know about the level of pre-election violence, including Taliban bombings and the abduction on May 9 of a candidate who is the son of a former prime minister.
Nor would they learn of the extent of Pakistan’s patronage networks, as Mr. Walsh reported on May 8. But maybe that is the point.
by Baseer Naveed
The people of the country have, in fact, never enjoyed freedom of expression. However, during the last decade or so the governments have claimed that they have given freedom of expression to the media.
A point of confusion is how the people compare the freedom of expression with the freedom of the media houses. The two are completely difference and far distant from each other.
In fact, much of the self-censorship comes from the media houses themselves as they do not wish to draw the ire of the government, judiciary, the armed forces and more so, that of the Muslim fundamentalists. Sadly the voices that really need to be heard, those of the peasant farmers and labourers in the industrial areas are ignored and therefore silenced by the media whose sole purpose is to gain advertising revenue. It is no longer a secret that the media houses are ‘driven’ by the armed forces through their Inter Services Public Relations office.
The judiciary, which has always been a poodle of the armed forces, neither of which has never really served the nation in its history, have both been given the status of a sacred cow.
One point of proof that freedom of expression is absent in the country is the fact that the media houses seldom allow any real criticism of the military, Muslim militants or religious extremists.
One example is as to how the state institutions and media houses have curbed free speech.
The restriction on the freedom of expression may be dated back to the very creation of the country.
Pakistan was created on the 14th August 1947 and the father of the nation gave his inaugural speech three days earlier on the 11th August. It is interesting to note that the speech of the Governor General-to-be, Mr. Jinnah, was itself censored. The interesting point was that only those portions were censored which were purely secular in their nature where Mr. Jinnah said that “you are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place or worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of the State”. He further said “now I think we should keep that in front of us as our ideal and you will find that in course of time Hindus would cease to be Hindus and Muslims would cease to be Muslims, not in the religious sense, because that is the personal faith of each individual, but in the political sense as citizens of the State”.
Two years after the creation of Pakistan the so-called legislators passed a resolution entitled the ‘Objective Resolution of Pakistan’. In this resolution it was declared that sovereignty lay with Allah. This later became part of the constitution and denied the people the right to democracy, thereby creating the guidelines on the restrictions for the freedom of expression and the freedom to practice the religion of your choice. The country was declared a theocratic society where only Islam can prevail and no one else had any rights, the citizens were divided into Muslims and non Muslims. A clear demarcation was made between the majority and the minority, so all rights were recognized for Muslims and those who were not Muslim had no rights. The concept of equality for various sections of the society was supposed to be determined on this basis.
Again through the 1973 constitution, which was the first time anything was passed unanimously, the state took the responsibility to decide who is Muslim and who is not by making the fourth amendment in the constitution where the Ahmadis were declared as non-Muslim. Through this amendment state has the power to declare who is Muslim, strengthened the pressure groups, the Muslim fundamentalists, to take the responsibility of declaring Muslims and non Muslims.
The objective resolution was made part of the pre-amble of the constitution. But during the military regime of General Zia ul Haq the Objective Resolution was made as the part of the constitution. Those rights of minorities which were given in the original Objective Resolution were also deleted. General Zia has made three famous laws, the Blasphemy laws by inserting clause B and C, Qisas and Diyat, through which the evidence from women denied and the Had ordinance. So the rights of women and religious minority groups were denied.
This has resulted in self censorship of the media as the rules and regulations concerning the blasphemy laws are not being adhered to. These are that the arresting and investigating officer must be of the rank of Superintendent of Police. However, people are being arrested by the mob and if they are lucky, handed over alive to any police officer who happens to be present.
The media is extremely careful about what they say regarding the religious extremists as they can expect no protection or support from the authorities or judiciary. This was evident in the cases of the assassinations of the governor of Punjab, Taseer and the Federal Minister on Religious Minorities, Mr. Bhatti where the perpetrators of the violence have either gone unpunished or are being treated as heroes. The lawyers themselves, who are supposed to be protectors of the law, came out in support of the assassins, blaming the victims as blasphemers.
Although the blasphemy law is not the subject of this particular article I mention it because it has a direct affect on the freedom of expression in that, while the constitution of Pakistan guarantees freedom of religion the actual situation in the country is very much different and any media person or company speaking out in support of the minorities soon faces attacks ranging from hate speeches to physical violence and even death.
The Blasphemy law in any way has been made a killer. If any person is accused of Blasphemy particularly on the charges of defiling the name of last prophet (PBUH) he or she has to face the death penalty from the law or state and if not then fundamentalist will murder him/she. In a case of two Christians who were sentenced on section 295 B they were released by high court Mr. Justice Arif Bhatti, as they were scavengers and cannot read any word. After their release they left Pakistan but the Justice was murdered for releasing the blasphemers.
One judge of Session court has to leave the country when he gave the death sentenced to the killer of former Governor of Punjab. He was announced by the fundamentalists as liable to be killed because he has given punishment to the hero of Islam. The Governor of Punjab was murdered because he used his right of freedom of expression in support of one, Asia Bibi, who was sentenced on the charges of blasphemy.
In fact, freedom of expression is limited by the same constitution. In the constitution Ahmadis were declared non-Muslim. This is in effect a contradiction as the constitution on the one hand declares the freedom to practice the religion of your choice but on the other places the Ahmadis in a position that leaves them open to attack by the fundamentalists. Any media house coming out in their support or criticising the fundamentalists are liable to the same degree of violence as the Ahmadis themselves.
The media is also suppressed by the military when they attempt to report on the nexus between the armed forces and the militant jihadists. One report noted that during 2006 about ten journalists were kidnapped by security forces apparently belonging to military secret services, while performing their professional duties. The report also revealed that the very few journalists based in the tribal areas in Baluchistan are caught in the crossfire between security forces, jihadist militants and tribal chiefs fighting each other to control the area.
Another area which is strictly forbidden to journalists is reporting on the corruption of the politicians, the military and the judiciary. These institutions have become sacred cows, untouchable by anyone other than their own hierarchy. Any journalists brave enough to highlight this corruption is liable to face the same fate as those mentioned earlier.
Often the freedom of expression is restricted in the names of vulgarity, morality and obscenity; three items that have never been clearly defined in the law or by any court. However, this does not deter the authorities, those with vested interests and the media houses that are quick to make use of these accusations to enforce self censorship.
In an attempt to define these issues the Pakistan Electronic Media Authority called for a consultative conference to discuss them. However, no one turned up so they have arranged another conference for later this month. It is hoped that by mutual consent they will be able to put forward proposals to the apex court of the land.
Through the constitution and laws there are many restrictions on the freedom of expression and freedom of media. The “Official Secret Act of 1923” is still operative. Anything which state thinks is prejudicial to the interest of the state or against the state should be tried under this act. Those matters which are made as classified cannot be published or even be spoken of.
Safety act and Telegraph act are also used for curbing the right of freedom of expression. No material can be published or spoken of which is against the interest of the state.
The Newspapers Periodical and News agencies Ordinance 2002 is still in force through which until and unless it gives the declaration for publication, no periodical or newspaper can be printed. This is a clear cut violation of Article 19 of the ICCPR, constitution of Pakistan.
PEMRA is a regulatory body which gives out licenses for the production of any type of electronic channel. Permission has to be taken from government. It is not like Europe or USA that any person or organization can make their own channel—the FM radio and TV.
After 1985, which was the period of military rule, the pressure groups and fundamentalists have taken the role of state and tactics of coercion and intimidation for implementation of their own rules. The role of the government or state has been reduced to the minimum.
The contempt of court is also another method of restricting the freedom of expression. The government says there is no law against the contempt of court but the Supreme Court relies on the contempt of court ordinance of 2004 to use it as minimizing the freedom of expression particularly on the decisions of the court.
There is a draft for legislation on access to information before the government and the media houses but it can be termed as just lip service to try and show that something is being done. It does not define who will decide what is secret and what is not. Contrary to global practices, the government has kept everything secret until it is declared to be made public. The data collection and maintenance mechanisms are very poor in our country.
The draft freedom of information law allows the government and its agencies to classify anything they want to be exempt from being made public, without explanation as to why they are doing so. The procedure to declare something secret has not been revealed. And the big question is who exactly is authorised to declare anything secret?
The constitution declares quite clearly that Pakistan is an Islamic country. Therefore, quite simply there is no freedom of expression as the country is run purely on a religious basis.
April 10, 2013
Mr. Naseer Hashmi — Editor
Room No.1, 1st Floor
Block numbe 4, Hockey club of Pakistan
Liaquat Barracks, Karachi,
RE: Life threat from your correspondent at Islamabad
Dear Mr. Naseer,
Following the article “PAKISTAN: Stupidity of the Ideology of Pakistan” which was issued by the Asian Human Rights Commission on April 8, 2013 the author of that article, Mr. Baseer Naveed who is a Senior Researcher of our organisation received the following threat from Mr. Aslam Butt, who claims that he is a correspondent of the ‘Daily Ummat’ at Islamabad.
Mr. Butt has threatened that, “…..I would locate you one day and teach you such a terrible lesson on abusing our motherland that dwellers of Hong Kong would remember it for long”.
Baseer Naveed;- You are indeed an established bastard who is ridiculing Pakistan while seated with English bastards of Chinese origin; can you or other minions like you could ever question the creation of the state of Hong Kong ; if you are damn opposed to the religion of Islam who stops you to become a Christian or a follower of the Buddhism; I wish Hong Kong could invent a time machine and take you to the past where you could marry your mother with an English man and then you could take rebirth as a Douglass, David or Jacob; while reliant on the charities of the anti Islam forces third rated minions like you cannot challenge the ideology of this country and indeed you are to be punished one day for having breached our patriotic sentiments or God willing I would locate you one day and teach you such a terrible lesson on abusing our motherland that dwellers of Hong Kong would remember it for long.
Correspondent Daily Ummat Karachi
and Correspondent Daily Urdu News Jehhad Saudi Arabia.
It is extremely disturbing that a correspondent from your esteemed organization is issuing threats to a person’s life and using your organization as a platform to do this.
Issuing threats against a person’s life is a matter of concern and one that, as a human rights organisation, we take extremely seriously. If the author of this email, Mr. Aslam Butt, or anyone else for that matter, takes exception to any of the comments or issues raised in the above article he has every right to make his comments and disagreement known. However, to resort to the type of language he has used in his email is not only criminal but also illegal and belittles his claim to be a professional journalist. We would therefore ask you if Mr. Butt sent this email with the consent and knowledge of your organisation. If he did not then we would like to know what action you intend to take against him.
We hope you will take appropriate action to dismiss the impression that your organisation supports such threats and await your earliest possible response.
Asian Human Rights Commission
On March 06, 2013, the National Assembly after starting only 35 minutes late in its 13th sitting of the current session adopted a resolution to demand action against “anchorpersons who are telecasting programmes against parliamentarians…without verification of the facts.”
The sitting witnessed low attendance of members as only 35 were present at the outset of the sitting while 45 were there at the adjournment.
The sitting which lasted for two hours and 42 minutes adopted the following Resolution:
“All anchorpersons who are telecasting programmes against parliamentarians and other entities without verification of the facts for some personal agendas or for some ulterior motives or for some unlawful gains or such anchorpersons who have been exposed for their non-professional conduct, this House strongly condemns such anchorpersons and demand from the owner of the media houses to expel them forthwith besides other due actions.”
This whole rigmarole of passing the resolution was quite immaturish and would only help in giving more publicity to Mubashir Luqman whose remarks against the Federal Minister for Education triggered the whole episode. The TV news channels are fast losing their viewership and such steps help in reviving their popularity.
Orya Maqbool Jan writes in Dunya that a real religious scholar is the one who is educated on a mat of a mosque for decades and has written books on the supremacy of Islam.
Democracy is a fraud. We are all in trouble of one kind or another today because of the un-Islamic banking system.
Democracy, free media and judiciary are a fitna. Our journalists fear nobody. They can publish anything against anyone and get away with it.
Responding to a question by a reader, Aapa Hammad writes in Khwateen Ka Islam that sleeveless or half-sleeved outfits are haram for women unless they wear it for their husbands in the bedroom.
She said unnatural sex between a husband and a wife was haram, although some men try to justify it. But during her menstrual periods, a woman could satisfy her man using other methods.
Pakistanis are the wisest nation in the world
Writing in Dunya, Rauf Klasra says his foreigner friend was surprised to hear about a survey according to which Germans were the wisest nation in the world. He thought Pakistanis were the wisest nation in the world because even the children here are politicians and experts on everything under the sun. The people of the West cannot even imagine the number of conspiracy theories that Pakistani children have memorized.
Media presents gloomy picture of Pakistan
Daily Jang quotes PM Raja Pervez Ashraf as saying that the situation in Pakistan is not bad at all. It is the media that presents a gloomy picture of Pakistan.
Donkeys are in demand
Nawae Waqt reports in its famous column Sare Rahe that a political party has asked for the election symbol of a donkey. The Election Commission has banned certain symbols like a donkey, a Lota and a shoe. But now that we know donkeys are in demand, if the request is approved, the price of donkeys will increase.
Flog those who celebrate Valentine’s Day
Reported in daily Jasarat (Feb 12), Mufti Naeem, administrator of Jamia Binoria in Karachi, has demanded a ban on Valentine’s Day celebrations declaring them un-Islamic, immoral and obscene. He said those who celebrate the day should be tried under Hudood laws and flogged in public. He accused the West of promoting obscenity through the Valentine’s Day.
Iran should drop nuclear bomb on its enemy
Quoted in daily Islam, Pir Izharul Bokhari says he hopes Iran will not keep its nuclear bomb in a beautiful cupboard in its drawing room but show the courage to use it when the enemy will threaten it. He urged the Pakistani government to drop a nuclear bomb on India if it crossed the Line of Control again.
Women wearing lenses will face God’s wrath
Weekly Jarar says women are not allowed to wear contact lenses. It is a great sin. When women wear lenses, the color of their eyes becomes attractive and lures strangers. Such women will face the wrath of God.
Women can also not wear sunglasses because it makes them look seductive and invites male attention.
Hoodbhoy is a traitor
Daily Jasarat criticizes renowned scientist Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy for writing a book in which he allegedly said Pakistan’s nuclear weapons were unsafe, or could fall into Al Qaeda’s hands.
It says everybody knows Hoodbhoy is a traitor. He dug a symbolic grave for Dr AQ Khan when Pakistan went nuclear.
Revealing clothes cause breast cancer
Writing in Khwateen Ka Islam, Aapa (Auntie) Hammad says 53% women suffer from breast cancer in Pakistan. The reason is that they wear thin and revealing shirts, which are forbidden in Islam. Breast cancer is a wrath of God for such women.
(Statement of Mr. Kamran Khan, Anchor, Executive Director, Geo News, submitted to the Supreme Court on June 07, 2012)
“I would like to state that my attention was first drawn to this subject in the second week of May  when I received an anonymous phone call claiming that Dr. Arsalan Iftikhar son of the Chief Justice of Pakistan is allegedly using his position to extract money from wealthy people whose cases are pending before the Supreme Court of Pakistan. A separate phone caller, two days later, said that Dr Arsalan Iftikhar had
allegedly blackmailed real estate tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain whose case[s] were pending before the Supreme Court. I was also told that Malik Riaz Hussain has also gathered evidence to prove that he has been targeted for blackmail allegedly by Dr Arsalan Iftikhar….… I contacted Malik Riaz Sb with this explicit intention and met him in Karachi in the third week of May where he basically confirmed the content of the information and after a lot of persuasion agreed to show me the documentary evidence… At a subsequent meeting Malik Riaz Sb showed me the dossiers that carry documents pertaining to Dr Asalan Iftikhar’s summer vacation trips to London over the past three years. There were tenancy agreements signed by Dr Arsalan Iftikhar for five star accomadations [sic.] in Central London and receipts / invoices showed that the payments were made from the accounts/ credit cards controlled by Malik Riaz Sb or his family members in London.There were documents that also showed that travel and stay arrangements for Dr Arsalan Iftikhar and a female accomplice ( I don’t remember the name) in Monte Carlo were made from the accounts controlled by Mr Malik Riaz or his family members. According to these documents most payments including those of several shoppings made by Dr Arsalan Iftikhar and other family members at pricey London stores were also made through credit cards owned by Malik Sb’s daughter and son in London…… My lordships I left that meeting with Malik Riaz Sb with an impression that either he’s hell of a con, a forger par excellence or God forbid the son of the Chief Justice of Pakistan has sold the name of his great father….”
(Statement of Mr. Hamid Mir, Executive Editor, Geo TV, submitted to the Supreme Court on June 6, 2012)
“On the eve of 31st May, I called Malik Riaz Sahib on phone and expressed my desire to meet him. [That evening] I met him at his residence in Islamabad, around 9:30 pm. His son Ali was also present… Malik Riaz asked someone to bring in a file which included a set of documents. All the documents were photocopies. And according to Malik Riaz Sahib, [these documents showed that] Arsalan Iftikhar had taken a lot of money from his son and his son-in-law. Malik Riaz said that he also has a number of [incriminating] videos but he did not show me any such video…”