Media maturity in Zarb-e-Azb
LAHORE: While covering the details of operation Zarb-e-Azb, Pakistan’s print and electronic media has conducted itself in a dignified manner by showing sense of maturity and reverence for the country’s armed forces.
Media reports pertaining to ongoing military operation against terrorists in NWA have been exclusively objective and purposive. Media appears to have exercised restrain and prudence while covering operation Zarb-e-Azb. Irresponsible reporting and signs of sensationalism were kept out, thereby, attaining credibility and earning appreciation of the entire Pakistani nation.
As a matter of fact, the media did not provide much space to the terrorists and their viewpoint during the ongoing military operation in NWA. Hence, there was no chance for the terrorists to get glorified through indirect means of media projection. According to analysts, the media coverage of operation Zarb-e-Azb proves that domestic media has shown signs of conscientiousness, sense of patriotism, and proclivity to support anti-terror campaign. As terrorists pose a serious threat to Pakistan’s internal security, therefore, all segments of society including media fully support the government’s decision to eliminate the terrorists.
Operation Zarb-e-Azb had been launched in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) to destroy and eliminate the threat posed by terrorists, challenging the writ of regime and disturbing law and order situation in the country. The entire nation abhorred them for their elusive conduct, power motives, and designs to undertake violent acts of terrorism including suicide bombings, attacks against armed forces, vital installations, and innocent civilians. Since all Pakistanis were fed up from shadow acts of terrorists as they frequently engaged in kidnapping for ransom, looting, target killing, extortion, and coercive methods of recruiting and mischievous techniques of fundraising.
Upsurge in terrorist activities and their open proclamations to continue with their devastative strategy of frightening terrorism and exploitation led to public anger and frustration. Hence, the government undertook tough decision to eliminate all terrorists and destroy their sanctuaries in NWA. Apart from media, civil society, political parties, intellectuals, and general masses appreciated the government’s decision to undertake military operation in NWA with a view to get rid of terrorists from Fata. At a time when international community appreciated PML-N government for going after the terrorists, country’s media played a positive role in projecting the achievements of armed forces in cleansing NWA and Fata of the terrorists. The collective national urge and longstanding desire of Pakistani masses to eliminate terrorists from NWA and Fata has been optimistically projected by domestic media. The nation took a sigh of relief, hoping that disruption, destruction, sense of fear, uncertainty and prevailing disorder created by terrorists, will soon come to an end.
Following reports regarding precise strikes by Pakistan Air Force against registered and well-identified positions of terrorists, the nation expressed its indebtedness to PAF for their remarkable performance. Similarly, the ground operation has also been objectively projected. In fact domestic media showed sense of responsibility and maturity while covering operation Zarb-e-Azb.