Pakistani Media For Sale At A Paltry $50 Million/Year?

Well, the US thinks so!

There is strong anti-American sentiment in Pakistan and the hope is this new assistance will help ease that tension.

About $50 million is set aside for a “comprehensive communications strategy” to counter extremist views and strengthen Pakistani institutions and moderate voices, the report to Congress said.

“This effort will reduce the ability of Al Qaeda and other extremists to influence public perceptions and attitudes and support Pakistan’s people and government as they establish a more secure, prosperous and lasting state,” the report said. This would include a so-called rapid response team to monitor Pakistani and regional media and “swiftly correct inaccurate reporting,” of which the US complains it is often a target.

Wish with all this talk by US of ‘transparency’ of how the US aid is spent, hope they will be open enough to let us know which media groups take a bite of the pie 😉


5 Responses to “Pakistani Media For Sale At A Paltry $50 Million/Year?”

  1. 1 Observer March 1, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    When our “protectors” (army) are so cheap, then why not the media too and why not the politicians too.

    • 2 nota March 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm

      Well, true! That they would sell out is no surprise — they sold out long ago — but I was still surprised by the low amount was still a surprise.

      P.S. Today’s print edition of Jang had a “special” 4-page insert on what a wonderful job Malik Riaz of Bahria Town is doing and how his tireless work has done wonders for the country 🙂

  2. 3 Observer March 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Isn’t the fella called Sheikh-Ul-Islam Professor Doctor Allama Muhammad Tahir Ul-Qadri (I don’t have enough stamina for such a name) is a part of the strategy. Did you see his “fatwa” against terrorism?

    • 4 nota March 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm

      “Isn’t the fella called Sheikh-Ul-Islam Professor Doctor Allama Muhammad Tahir Ul-Qadri (I don’t have enough stamina for such a name) is a part of the strategy.”
      Can there be any doubt?

      “Did you see his “fatwa” against terrorism?”
      I did! But what got my attention yesterday was that this 600-page fatwa was old news (see this story from January 18, 2010 which itself says “it was released in Pakistan last month.”)

      So it seems no one paid attention to it back then and no one paid attention to it in January when it was released in London in January. So exactly who is offering us “old evil with a new name” as the BBC story states?

      Also most curious is this part: 😉

      “But some scholarly rulings in the Middle East have argued that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is an exceptional situation where “martyrdom” attacks can be justified.

      Dr Qadri said he rejected that view saying there were no situations under which acts of vengeance, such as attacks on market places or commuter trains, could ever be considered a justifiable act of war.

      At least Israel should have demanded a new document for their money. (btw: see how nicely he converts acts of Intifada as “acts of revenge”….)

    • 5 nota March 4, 2010 at 6:34 pm

      Should have added:
      The purpose of this Fatwa business is described openly in the The News piece I linked to above:

      Radical Islamists will dismiss the Fatwa, but it will be welcomed by many Muslims from the large community of South Asian heritage in Britain, among whom confusion about religious teaching is exploited by extremists seeking to recruit suicide bombers. “Extremist groups start brainwashing the young students from British universities and eventually convince them to oppose integration in the British society,” said Shahid Mursaleen, a spokesman for the Minhaj-ul-Qur’aan.

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