Archive for August, 2010

PMW: Serious problems with Misused Funds Report

August 16, 2010

This blog post appeared in Pakistan Media Watch on August 15, 2010

Saturday’s edition of The Nation included an article that claims that
President Zardari has been misusing foreign aid from the 2005
Earthquake. The story has now been picked up by Express Tribune, Dawn,
and others. But where did this story come from, and is it reliable?

The story originated with Dean Nelson, the Telegraph’s South Asia
Editor based in New Delhi, when he wrote for the British newspaper on
Friday that Zardari ‘misused’ over £300 million in foreign aid for
victims of the 2005 earthquake. (




Pak Media Watch: How Media Missed Jihadi orchestration of London protest

August 11, 2010

This article appeared in Pakistan Media Watch on August 11, 2010

Outside Zardari’s appearance at the PPP rally in Birmingham, England,
a crowd of protesters gathered to express their opposition to the
president and his message. Inside, crowds chanted their support for
the president. But there was another story that was missed by the
press altogether.

This is a perfect example of how even reputable foreign and Pakistani
news services can misreport stories about Pakistan when they do not
receive the facts from the Pakistani media. Also, it shows how all
media sometimes miss important facts when reporting a story.


Aniq Zafar: Punjab and anti-US sentiment

August 2, 2010

This article appeared in The News on August 1, 2010

The latest PEW research institute’s survey on the attitudes in Pakistan has brought out some very interesting facts that reflect the difference of world view that the support base of PML-N voters has with the rest of the country.

The survey has found out that while there is till a very high number of Pakistanis that see US as an enemy, anti-US feelings are strongest in Punjab and among PML-N supporters.

About six-in-ten Pakistanis (59%) see the US as an enemy of their country that has been down from 64% in 2009. Only 11% now consider the US as a partner and 16% say it is neither a partner nor an enemy.