PITY the nation where the blood of innocents comes cheap and murderers live under state patronage …. Govt of Punjab harbors LeJ leaders and supports them with a monthly stipend under the pretext of an electoral adjustment … Pity the nation that ignores this state sponsored alliance of terrorism on its people – DAWN: Dangerous liaison
After abundant attempts by PML to deny reports of any association between PML-N & ASWJ (formerly banned outfit SSP) an investigative report by The News reveals that ASWJ has indeed been in talks with PML-N for at least 15 seat adjustments in South Punjab. It should be noted that LEJ-ASWJ-SSP admit to murdering over 700 Shia Muslims and have admitted to making Baluchistan a graveyard for the shia which included the recent Shia Hazara attacks in Quetta
The News: Well-informed circles in the ASWJ (previously the SSP) confirmed that following extensive discussions, the two parties had agreed to have seat adjustments in the general election on at least 15 seats of the National Assembly from South Punjab where they would not field candidates against each other.
Two former key leaders of SSP, Maulana Mohammad Ahmed Ludhianvi and Malik Mohammad Ishaq, who are currently the president and vice president of the ASWJ respectively, are all set to run for two National Assembly seats from the South Punjab in the coming polls, with the support of the PML-N.
Feisal Naqvi follows it up with an op-ed in Express Tribune “The Unholy Alliance”
The PML-N has denied Mr Mir’s report as it had denied an earlier report to the same effect in The Express Tribune. Unlike the Tribune, Mr Mir has issued a response to the PML-N’s denial in which he has reasserted his contention. He has noted that he had filed his report after getting the PML-N’s version from a member of that party’s central executive committee, that the PML-N and the ASWJ had jointly contested a by-election on a Punjab Assembly seat for Jhang in March 2010, and that Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah had openly campaigned for a PML-N candidate in 2010 along with Maulana Ludhianvi (a leader of first the SSP and now the ASWJ). Mr Mir has also noted that the Government of Punjab has admitted paying a monthly stipend to the family of Malik Ishaq — the vice-president of the ASWJ, allegedly a founder of the LeJ, and an accused in at least 43 different cases for the murder of over 70 people. As noted by The Express Tribune and other newspapers, witnesses who appear against Mr Ishaq tend to die suddenly.
But what really PWNED PML-N today was The News’s follow up report by Amir Mir “Defunct SSP chief confirms talks with PML-N” where he interviewed ASWJ leader Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi, saying the PML-N was in talks with him for seat adjustments in the general elections.
When pointed out that the PML-N spokesman Senator Pervez Rasheed has strongly refuted recent media reports about an agreement on seat adjustments between his party and the ASWJ, Maulana Ludhianvi observed: “What can I say. They are in fact weak people who can’t stand up to pressures. They apparently lack the ability to stay firm in difficult times. And it is convenient for them to change their stance under the changing circumstances, They were the ones to have sought our support to win elections and by-elections in the past and we will take a decision on the issue when the time comes while keeping in view their position at that time”.
As much as PML wanted to slide this issue unnoticed it seems that the cat is out of the bag – they are fully supporting a banned terrorist unit which has claimed responsibility to have killed Hazara Shia supporters in Quetta
While the Federal government wants the Punjab government to launch a massive crackdown on the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and defunct Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) for the Shia Hazara Killings in Quetta – the Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is unlikely to oblige. The main reason is a seat-to-seat adjustment deal between the PML-N and Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) for the upcoming elections on at least 15 seats of the National Assembly from South Punjab where they would not field candidates against each other. The News LINK: Punjab govt may not act against LeJ PML-N has seat adjustments with defunct SSP
Its interesting to note how easy it is for a tabloid newspaper to conveniently delete a news story from its website without even bothering to offer an explanation or justification – Express Tribune today (18th Feb) has been caught (Again) to have deleted the fourth story that was published in its Print edition (e-paper link) but the story has been entirely removed from its online website
This latest story was another expose on the potential election alliance between PML-N and the banned outfit Ahle Sunnat Wali Jamat where PML-N is planning not to contest against ASWJ on three National Assembly seats – all in the name of Politics while the same banned outfit is known to support Shia killing.
All four stories were hard hitting reports against the PML-N and we have documented each deletion, seems like our efforts are paying off in exposing Tribune and its bias towards PML-N
- PML-N’s – ‘Like’ my Facebook page News Item [DELETED]
- Express Tribune deletes another PML-N exposé News Item
- Third Tribune Article against PML Deleted “PML-N, ASWJ”
A closer examination of all four stories we notice a common factor where the author of all four were by a political reporter Abdul Manan – Abdul Manan has been writing for Express Tribune since April 7th 2010 and a quick calculation reveals that he writes regularly and has over 750+ news reports for the Tribune under his name. He has written about every political party and many have been hard hitting & damaging articles as well. But when it comes to PML-N, the Express Tribune web desk is quick to delete the stories without offering any explanation and it may well be after some heated phone calls from Raiwind.
Some critics point out that these reports by Abdul Manan are inaccurate so were rightfully removed, my question then stands, Coincidentally why does it only happen to hard hitting stories regarding PML-N, that such reporting inaccuracies are deleted without any explanation, the print edition editorial board finds these stories pertinent enough to let them be printed, but within a few hours the web desk in turn finds them erroneous to delete – despite the three prior incidents the journalist continues to write for Express Tribune and no action is taken against him. If Abdul Manan is misreporting facts then who are these errors only related to news stories related to PML & ASWJ? Many questions and the fourth incident is proof enough that there is foul play to hide facts – Prime case of Yellow Tribuninsm by Express Tribune