Dog bites dog
A young investigative journalist has caused a stir in Pakistan’s media circles by exposing a veteran columnist from the same newspaper group. The story in brief is about media persons on the take from the army and the political masters. The men in the middle of the storm: Jang newspaper’s noted columnist Nazir Naji and Ahmad Noorani of The News, an English daily published by the same group.
Naji is no ordinary scribe. When arrested with Nawaz Sharif during the 1999 coup, he was preparing the latter’s speech explaining Gen Pervez Musharraf’s dismissal as Army Chief. Soon thereafter, he bought peace with Musharraf by switching sides to the pro-Army PML (Q) and its key leader Pervez Illahi. His benefactor now is President Asif Ali Zardari.
Noorani got on the tape an apparently inebriated Naji abusing and threatening him for making inquiries about a plot of land he got in Islamabad despite being similarly benefited in Lahore. The young scribe got Naji’s goat by a very straightforward query: Shouldn’t journalists apply to themselves the standards they prescribe for land-grabbing generals, corrupt bureaucrats and political sleaze balls.
(Listen to the tapes at your own risk. Large portions of the conversation will be offensive to a gentleman’s eardrums.)
Nazir Naji Audio – Part 1
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Nazir Naji Audio – Part 2
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Nazir Naji Audio – Part 3
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