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Sunday, 1 November 2009

Clinton’s encounter with media and Talat Hussain's $640 million mistake

After the way the channels handled the TV appearances of the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, the verdict has to go in favour of the latter. The encounters were arranged as battles. The TV channels lost, and Ms Clinton has gone home satisfied that she has weathered a great storm of orchestrated anti-Americanism with success. The result was foreordained. The anchors aspired to a uniformity of approach and succeeded wonderfully well in achieving it.

Unfortunately, Ms Clinton’s encounter with students was no better. The educational institutions are brainwashed with the one-sided propaganda churned out by the TV channels and the Urdu press. Hence, once the rational answer met an emotional query, the onlookers were bound to be disappointed with the Pakistani performance. At one point she asked if anyone in the auditorium filled with students could tell how much America had donated for the IDPs of Malakand. No one answered. She wanted to know what happened to the $300 million.

Some restraint was shown even by the TV anchors who have been telling the Pakistani audiences that America is in fact funding the Taliban and Al Qaeda to kill Pakistanis so that it could, with the help of Blackwater, grab Pakistan’s nuclear weapons from Kahuta. That was real courtesy. They could have asked her the address of the prison in the US where Osama bin Laden was being kept as the Americans invaded the lands of the Muslim nation looking for him.

Ms Clinton could fault the American diplomats stationed in Pakistan for not spreading the good word about American assistance effectively. But she also should look at her visit in the perspective of the general American image in the world in the aftermath of the Neocons of President George Bush. Considering how queered the pitch was, it was a successful first big outing of the Secretary in Pakistan. (Daily Times)

October 30th, 2009

If anyone needs evidence that Pakistan’s most popular TV anchors just reel off nonsense without checking facts, please watch the interview given by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to a group of Pakistani anchors.

Talat Hussain of Aaj TV, who often speaks as if he knows everything, wanted to embarrass Hillary by “proving” that the U.S, does not give Pakistan enough. In his recent shows he has been mouthing off against the “insulting language” in the Kerry-Lugar-Berman aid bill, which triples non-military assistance to Pakistan to $ 1.5 billion per year for five years.

Talat claimed that the U.S. was paying Kyrgyzstan $ 700 million as rent for a military base in that country. Hillary corrected the arrogant and self-righteous Aaj TV anchor and said the rent was not that high but was in the range of $ 50 million. Not one to ever digest facts, especially those that prove him wrong, Talat Hussain continued on to say that must be the rent “per month.” The US Secretary of State remained polite and left the Kyrgyzstan base rent figure unresolved.

None of the other “famous and popular” anchors, including Moeed Pirzada, Nasim Zehra, Naveen Naqvi, Mubashir Luqman and others, knew the figure themselves to be able to step in and correct their colleague.

So, what does a simple google search reveal to be the fact?

The US agreed in June 2009 to triple the rent of its base in Manas, Kyrgyzstan to $ 60 million, up from $ 17 million, PER YEAR.

The US also agreed to pay an additional $ 37 million to Kyrgyzstan to build new aircraft parking slots and storage areas, plus another $30 million for new navigation systems. That adds up to a grand total of $ 127 million in the first year and a recurrent payment per year of still $ 60 million only!

Here’s the link to a CBS news story one of many stories on the subject available on the internet, beyond the crazy right-wing dominated Pakistani blogs.

Where did Talat Hussain of Aaj get his figure of $ 700 million per year? Nobody knows. Maybe from his friends Shireen Mazari or Ahmed Quraishi—all purveyors of anti-US opinions with little regard for facts.

Source: http://pakistanmediawatch.com/2009/10/30/talat-hussain-makes-a-640-million-mistake/



leadlad said...

you a ridiculous person at yourself, i m sorry to say......

Faraz said...

I think you should change your blog name to letusbuildamerica.blogspot.com if you are so impressed with them

humza ikram said...

@ faraz it seems jamiat also exist online too.
whats so wrong with america , american are the most generous people in the world. hundreds of american doctors came to azad kashmir and hazarara during the terrible earthquake of 8 october 2005. can you tell me only few dozen punjabi doctors went to azad kashmir to volunteer in that tragic humantarian crises . maybe we were sending angels from jamat-ul-dawah aka laskar taibah .

oh sorry i forgot kashmir banay ga pakistan !

Hamid Ali Sofi said...

Talat Hussain is the best journalist of Pakistan and knows the facts better than you (whatever the hell is your name). This is only the the people like you (pro american) who are the cause of the current situation of Pakistan.

imran said...

one thing i do not understand is ppp; their top leadership was against reinstating to CJ and other brave men who said no to musharaf and his pco. now the ppp bloggers are begging to invoke article 6 on brave men of our independent media. instead of hanging a dictator they what to take media to the gallows. how sad, and how shameful. perhaps you are flattering you criminal president and his close gang of bandits. let other election come and see how democracy takes its revenge from ppp

Aamir Mughal said...

Talat Hussain is the best journalist of Pakistan [Hamid]

Ghairat Brigade and Talat Hussain aka Khalifa.

Yesterday date Talat Hussain [LIE with Talat] also wrote an article in Express Newspaper and declared that some people have been targeting him with a nick name “Ghairat Brigade”, and he wrote whatever may come, he {Talat} will not be in “Bayghairat Brigade”. Ok, agreed, very well.
Let me refresh the memory of Ghairat Mand Talat Hussain and his cohorts. Talat after quitting PTV had approached ARY TV and joined ARY TV as a Host and Anchor 2003/2004. One cannot imagine that Talat being a “Seasoned” Current Affair Journalist wouldn’t have remembered the below mentioned case of ARY. 159. Asif Ali Zardari ex-MNA (Received kickbacks from SGS PSI Company, Grant of license to ARY Gold) The accused and accusations Sunday, November 22, 2009 http://thenews.jang.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=25713
He wrote for Express News. Talat is so “Ghairatmand” that he almost “forgot” to remember this as well:
11 – Sultan Ali Lakhani & family Pakistan [courtesy Teeth Maestro]
Ranking: 9 (tied at 9) Worth: £400m ($800) Industry: Businessman
The Lakhanis are currently having a hard time at the hands of NAB. Sultan Lakhani and his three brothers run this prestigious group and the chain of McDonald’s restaurants in Pakistan. NAB has alleged the Lakhanis of having created phoney companies through worthless directors and raised massive loans from various banks and financial institutions. Sultan is currently abroad after having served a jail term with younger sibling Amin, though the latter was released much earlier. NAB had reportedly demanded Rs 7 billion from Lakhanis, but later agreed they pay only Rs 1.5 billion over a 10-year period.
Lakhani brothers in NAB hands
Legal notice to Sultan Lakhani for publishing concocted stories Wednesday, October 11, 2006 News Desk http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=3585
NAB in tight corner as businessmen refuse to pay dues By Kamran Khan

Fahim Umrani said...

I support PPP and also agree that media anchors were bit harsh with Hillary and most of the time their opinions and views are one sided and almost always toeing the policies of establishment. But I personally find Talat hussain most and unfortunately only balanced anchor in Pakistani media.

Yes, his stance on Kerry-Luger bill was not bought by me either as I happen to favour government dealing on KL bill with america. But for me that is his opinion for which he is entitled to.

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