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SMS campaign sought ban on JI, JUI-F, JUI-S….

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ISLAMABAD: Within a few days of the Dec 16 brutal Peshawar massacre, an SMS campaign was run seeking ban on Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, JUI-Sami and others including a few journalists besides issuing a warning to judges — “either you are with us or with terrorists”. The campaign ran through the mobile messaging service asked the […]

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This issue must end now

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ISLAMABAD: A six-word tweet — “Pemra action: ISI ruling, Govt retreating!” — by one Dr Nadia Khan on Friday said it all. Geo’s suspension for 15 days and Rs10 million fine by the government-backed Pemra is an extreme step that the civilian leadership has been compelled to take after the military establishment was not ready […]

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Parliament must take up EC reforms: Ansar

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ISLAMABAD: Editor Investigations The News Answering a question, Ansar Abbasi said if Imran Khan says the Election Commission is not independent, then he personally thinks it should be reformed; however, this can be done through parliament and Imran Khan himself being a member of the NA is present in parliament. Ansar Abbasi said PTI was […]

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IHC disposes of petition against Geo, Jang Group

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) disposed of the petition regarding cancellation of licence of Pakistan’s most famous TV channel Geo News and checks on the publications of the Jang Group as the petitioners failed to pursue the case. On the occasion of hearing of the case on Thursday, the petitioners and their counsel did […]

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Doing unethical business under the garb of ethical journalism

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ISLAMABAD: They are the front-line warriors in relentless attacks on Geo TV. Rumour mill is running high to feed them distorted information. They mark the target in daylight and hit them at night. They gang up to crush the dissent. They are posing serious threats to jealously guarded media freedom. Be reminded that I am […]

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Moves on to weaken independent media, democracy

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ISLAMABAD: The intriguing but matching timing of an attack on the most influential media group in Pakistan — the Jang/Geo Group — and the street agitation of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehrik (PAT) have raised many eyebrows here. This situation raises the fundamental question of whether the stage is being set to […]

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No institution should go unchecked

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ISLAMABAD: We have an unchecked and unfettered electronic media. We have unchecked and unfettered intelligence agencies, including the all-powerful ISI. If one needs to be regulated for crossing the limits, the other too cannot be given the licence to kill. The only way forward is the rule of law. If the media do any wrong, […]

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Ansar Abbasi gets more threats, another columnist warned

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ISLAMABAD: Amid government’s complete silence and FIA’s failure to track the faceless Internet thug “Khaki Power”, editor investigations of The News, Ansar Abbasi, has received a fresh email warning him “not to cross the red lines”. The “Khaki Power” using the same e-mail address – — has also threatened another senior columnist, whom he told […]

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Journalist Noorani files complaint of harassment with FIA

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ISLAMABAD: Ahmad Noorani, The News correspondent in Islamabad, has moved the Cyber Crimes Wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) after receiving threatening calls and repeated threatening messages. Noorani was sent abusive messages and threats by a retired brigadier of the Pakistan Army Tarik Niazi on Twitter and Facebook. The account used by Brigadier (retd) […]

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JI leaders express concern over threats to columnists

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LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Sirajul Haq and Secretary General Liaqat Baloch have expressed deep concern over the threats being received by well-known columnists and analysts Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Noorani, through emails and telephone. In a joint statement here Sunday, they called on the government and the law enforcement agencies to expose the elements hurling threats […]

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Ansar Abbasi receives e-mail threat

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ISLAMABAD: Editor Investigations of The News Ansar Abbasi on Saturday received a threatening e-mail message from someone identifying himself as “Khaki Power” and threatening the senior journalist to “Behave” and “weigh the pros and cons” of his words. Received from “Khaki Power” via the email address “”, the message clearly said: “This is not a […]

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‘Better to die fighting’, ‘Will war save us?’ – Journalists’ comment on carnage

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LAHORE: Commenting on the suicide attacks on a church in Peshawer, senior investigative journalist Ansar Abbasi told Geo News that the prime minister and people were disappointed was comprehensible, but when the government and political parties decided to go for talks to resolve this issue, they knew many challenges lay ahead. In case of a […]

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Ansar Abbasi takes TV channel, two journalists to court

ISLAMABAD: Senior Journalist and Editor Investigations of The News, Ansar Abbasi has filed a case of defamation against a private news channel and two media persons for leveling baseless but serious allegations and failing to reply to the legal notice served on them. The private channel had aired a programme on January 1, 2013 hosted […]

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