Friday, July 31, 2009

Mr. Ansar Abbasi, The News, GEO TV and Plots.

Ansar Abbasi - investigative editor for one of the leading newspapers from Pakistan, The News International/Jang Group of Newspapers and GEO TV. He used to work for Daily Dawn.
Profile of Ansar Abbasi - MA Mass Communication Class of 1998 - Goldsmith MA Journalism - Department of Media & Communications Goldsmiths University of London New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

Mr Ansar Abbasi often quote wiretaps to give weight to his stories. I wonder who provide him the wiretaps??? Why this "generosity" of providing "wiretaps" is not shown to other journalists??? Why only him???? Nazir Naji caught Abusing Journalist Posted by Teeth Maestro April 20, 2009

Since Judiciary is restored and you can check PLD that what the Judiciary has to say about Wiretapping and Eavesdropping

In 1997 the Supreme Court directed the Government to seek its permission before carrying out wiretapping or eavesdropping operations; however, the judiciary’s directive has been ignored widely. No action was taken during the year 2001 on the case of 12 government agencies accused of tapping and monitoring citizens’ phone calls, which has been pending since 1996, and no additional action the case was expected.

Pakistan Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2003 February 25, 2004

The Supreme Court directed the Government to seek its permission before carrying out wiretapping or eavesdropping operations; however, the degree of compliance with this ruling was unclear at year’s end.

“The government acted in violation of Article 190 of the constitution, which says all executive and judicial authorities in Pakistan shall act in aid of the Supreme Court. Instead of readily and honestly complying with the Supreme Court verdict in the Judges’ case, the prime minister castigated the ridiculed it and implemented it reluctantly in phases. Then there was the allegation of wiretapping of state functionaries, which is also a violation of a fundamental right.”[Dawn 30.1.1997]

Do note the wording “wiretapping/intercepting of anybody not just state officials” Pakistan Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor 1999 February 23, 2000

In 1997 the Supreme Court directed the federal Government to seek the Court’s permission before carrying out any future wiretapping or eavesdropping operations. Nonetheless, that same year, a lawyer for a former director of the Intelligence Bureau, charged with illegal wiretapping during Benazir Bhutto’s second term in office, presented the Supreme Court with a list of 12 government agencies that still tapped and monitored telephone calls of citizens.

Why these tapes have appeared [if genuine] so suddenly just after Mr Ansar Abbasi [Editor Investigations - The News International/Jang/GEO] surrendered his own plot and “managed to file” a particular story on this surrender??

1 – Senior journalist returns plot to government By our correspondent Saturday, April 18, 2009

If I am not fogetting there was an Accountability Case in Sindh in late 90s or in early 2000/2001 wherein an Audio Tape and a Video Tape was produced before the Judge as an evidence of bribery but court didn’t allow the evidence and court’s observation was that anybody good at acting can do that. I hope if any lawyer on this forum can educate us on the admittance of such evidence in the Court of Law in Pakistan.

Recently on Justice Bilal Case in Aaj Kamran Khan Kay Sath on GEO TV, Mr Ansar Abbasi had openly admitted that he usually tapes the conversation of the people he talks with on any particular story. When Kamran Khan asked that “is it not against Journalism’s Ethics, Mr Ansar said, that investigative journalists would have to have some evidence to support the story so that the subject couldn’t deny the facts in future. Generally, journalists do inform the subject [when they break any sensational story] that he/she is on tape but that rarely happened in Pakistan and that is the Violation of Fundamental Rights i.e. Invasion of Privacy , illication of private information through unfair means. There is a difference between Journalist, Police Officer and Intelligence Officer. Journalists should avoid being Intelligence Officers because Intelligence Officers often do things which are not allowed under any Law.


Press Conference on Ansar Abbasi in National Press Club Islamabad - Pakistan

RIUJ resents Ansar Abbasi’s move of ‘surrendering’ his plot DATED Friday 24th April, 2009

ISLAMABAD: RIUJ (Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists) has taken strong notice of, the fact that Mr. Ansar Abbasi has written a letter to Chief Minister Punjab, in which acting as a very honest person, has returned his plot allotted to him in Media Town, Rawalpindi as a member of Press Club. He was more than welcome if his intentions were good, but unfortunately he also asked CM Shahbaz Sharif to cancel all the plots given to members of Rwp/Islamabad Press Club. In his letter he said that journalists in Pakistan belong to privileged class, while in fact 98 % of Pakistani journalists deserve sympathy of people, as they are the most depressed class of the society.

The journalists in Pakistan are getting the wages of 1996. In most of newspapers they don’t even get their salary even after three months; over 400 journalists were terminated without notice across the country from various newspapers and TV Channels. He never raised voice against this, though he remember to give safe side to media owners.

Ansar Abbasi wrote in his letter that he does not feel good because this plot was given by the government, but he never asked his bosses to move out of the GEO building because this plot was also given to Mir Shakil by the then government. He did not tell the people that previous government gave the status of MODEL VILLAGE to his native town and his brother was given the contract, besides not confess that he resides in a luxury house in the posh sector of Islamabad, and neither that someone gifted three hotels to him at Faizabad. This is not the move of ANSAR ABBASI, but of the media owners to avoid implementation on 7th wage award. IS there anyone to raise voice against this man?

Ansar Abbasi backing Qabza group in Murree: affectees DATED Friday 24th April, 2009

ISLAMABAD: One Shazia Shah, a school teacher has alleged leading journalist Ansar Abbasi is backing “Qabza” group in Murree adding bother in law and some other relatives of Ansar Abbasi are part of this group. She said this along with other members of affected family while addressing a press conference here Wednesday in Islamabad Press Club. “My family belongs to Bhurbun and the Qabza group which is patronized by brother in law of Ansar Abbasi has illegally occupied a land tract of 14 kanal owned by my family”, she charged. This land valued Rs 2 Lac per canal, she added. About 50 to 60 hooligans attacked our home a few days earlier and abused our family publicly, she told. Some people also attacked my car when I was traveling from Murree to Islamabad by my car a week before and I made a marrow escape”, she blamed. Waqar who is brother of Shazia Shah alleged Qabza group had refused to accept the decision of Jirga. He appealed to chief minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to take immediate notice of this illegal occupation and take action for ensuring early return of land to his family from the illegal occupants.




Courtesy: ALAIWAH


Hye Plot, Hye Plot: Ansar Abbasi Sells His Soul for a Plot July 28, 2009 at 6:43 am

In his interview while referring to Quarnic verses, Ansar Abbasi of the News Islamabad time and again lebelled the people ignorant urging them to at least learn what Quran says. But, this self-styled scholar of the Holy Book had to apologize later on for misquoting Quran in one of his columns published in Urdu daily Jang.

Irrefutable evidences have surfaced about Editor Investigation of The News, Ansar Abbasi’s lust for land grabbing. And unlike any other honourable person, Ansar Abbasi used his wife to plead the case for a government plot in Islamabad worth millions of rupees by falsifying and concealing information.

These official documents emerged after Ansar Abbasi, tried to hoodwink the public by returning a 250 square yard plot of the Punjab government.

According to the details gleaned from official documents, the self proclaimed moralist of Pakistani journalism Ansar Ahmed Abbasi, son of Mohammad Sajawal, sought from Musharraf regime a one Kanal (500 square yards) plot worth millions of rupees at throwaway price in Islamabad’s sector G-14 in 2004.

Ansar Abbasi was then the Bureau Chief of The News in Islamabad. He was among the few journalists who rushed to apply for the one kanal plot in sector G- 14 and subsequently deposited Rs125,000 with the Ministry of Information.

The government had established an eligibility criterion that only those journalists were eligible against three per cent quota for journalists who did not own any plot or house in the federal capital, Islamabad. It was to meant to provide roof to the journalists in dire need of shelter.

He who is greedy is always in want

Ansar Abbasi did not care for this important clause and submitted an affidavit on oath knowingly, that he was giving a false oath on the Holy Book, Quran, not withstanding his self claimed righteousness and championship (read demagoguery) of Islamic values. Mr Abbasi concealed the information that he lived in a house in the most posh sector of Islamabad in House No 217, Street 100, Sector I 8/4 Islamabad.

This house is owned by Ansar Abbasi himself where he lives with his brother Ejaz Abbasi.Sources close to Ansar Abbasi say that Ejaz Abbasi acts as a front man for the acts of omission and commission of his journalist brother. The sources say Ansar Abbasi and Ejaz Abbasi have joint stakes in many a businesses including hotels and petrol pumps.

In the personal affidavit submitted by Ansar Abbasi to the Ministry of Information, he claimed that he did not have any house in his name at all. In the forms submitted to the Ministry of Information, Abbasi cleverly mentioned in the column where it was required to be mentioned whether he owned a house in Islamabad or not, that he had a shared property in I-8/4.

He did not mention that he actually owns a house. Had he admitted the ownership of his house, then he might have been deprived of his right to even apply for the plot. But he hid the truth from the authorities in the application form.

“Corruption of the best becomes the worst”

Ansar Abbasi’s craving for a plot on throwaway price shocked the officials at the Ministry of Information when he submitted an affidavit of his wife, Zeba Abbasi. He was the only journalist in Pakistan whose wife submitted the affidavit, literally kneeling down to beg for a plot for her husband in sector G-14. No other journalist ever submitted such affidavit of their better half.

In her affidavit, she wrote

“I, Zeba Ansar Abbasi, wife of Ansar Ahmed Abbasi NIC 6110-9436395-8 has been nominated by Ansar Abbasi, in respect of the plot to be allotted to him. In this regard, I undertake to bear all liabilities in respect of plot to be allotted to him, in event of his death without prejudice to the rights of the legal heir under the relevant laws”.

The Information ministry officials were dumbfounded shocked as according to them they did not expect Ansar Abbasi to become so crazy for a piece of land that he could even submit a false oath or an affidavit of his wife. The officials were taken aback to know that Mr Abbasi’s wife wanted the plot even in the event of her husband’s death and pay the installments after her husband’s death.

Snowball effect

But, Ansar Abbasi felt that despite his own affidavit and that of his wife Zeba Abbasi’s, he still needed to do more to convince the Musharraf regime to allot him one Kanal Plot in Sector G-14 of Islamabad. Therefore, he prepared another affidavit to get this plot.

This time, Abbasi narrated how he was inducted in the profession of journalism through some tabloid newspaper which was closed down soon after he joined it. Then he joined Pakistan Times, but interestingly, this too was closed down once Mr Abbasi became its part.

Now, Abbasi wrote that he did not have any experience certificates of these two newspaper papers which were the requirement to show that his experience in the journalism was more than 15 years to qualify for the plot. Thus, he could not produce those certificates of his relevant experiences.

In a laughable move, Abbasi however attached the “press cards” of Pakistan Times and Democrat to lay claim over the plot in G-14. To convince (read mislead) the government about his eligibility in his lust for the plot, Abbasi crossed the limits of absurdity as far as references are concerned. In a more laughable manner, Mr abbasi wrote the name of a photographer, Ishaq Chaudhry, to establish his credentials.

Had the editors of the closed down publications been alive, they might have confirmed or denied if they knew anyone by the name of Ansar Abbasi and if the closure of the publications was due to non-professional extremist instincts of Abbasi.

Abbasi was so desperate to get the government plot that he had even offered to produce some evidences in the shape of senior journalist of Dawn Mohammad Ilyas who according to Abbasi was the chief reporter of The Pakistan Times when he joined the newspapers. Sadly, after a few days of submission of third affidavit by Abbasi, Mr Ilyas also died.

Ironically, by a hand of fate or sleight of shrewdness, all the journalists Mr Abbasi mentioned as references had been died, except for photographer Ishaq Chaudhry.

A man’s heart deviseth his way, but …

The committee constituted by the government to scrutinize eligibility though believed the words of Abbasi but with a pinch of salt and recommended him for a category-II plot in G-14. A letter was sent to Mr Abbasi telling him that he was not eligible for the Category-I plot for which he had applied.

Upon this, Abbasi wrote back to Ministry of Information that he was ready to accept anything thrown at him, even if the category in which he was being allotted a plot was being down graded.


For Further Reading:

Ansar Abbasi, Black Mailing, Mudslinging & The News International

Ansar Abbasi, Swat Flogging, The News International and CJ Lahore High Court

Ansar Abbasi, Nazir Naji, Nazir Laghari, Swat Flogging and The News International

Ansar Abbasi, Shariah Court, Supreme Court and The News International

Swat Flogging and Samar Minallah - 1

Swat Flogging and Samar Minallah - 2

Swat Flogging and Samar Minallah - 3

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 1

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 2

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 3

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 4

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 5

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 6

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 7

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 8

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 9

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 10

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 11

Ansar Abbasi's Excellent Knowledge of Islam

Ansar Abbasi, Lies & The News International/Jang Group

GEO TV, Kamran Khan and Yellow Journalism - 1

GEO TV, Kamran Khan and Yellow Journalism - 2

GEO TV, Kamran Khan and Yellow Journalism - 3

GEO TV, Kamran Khan and Yellow Journalism - 4

GEO TV's Paedophile/Child Molester Correspondent in USA

Mr. Shaheen Shebai [Former Correspondent of Daily Dawn Pakistan, Former Editor of The News International, Ex Director News of ARY ONE TV Channel, Former Director of GEO News Network, and presently on of the many Editors of The News International, Jang Group of Newspapers, Pakistan] I hope you remember the background of Mr Shahin Sehbai [One of the Editor of The News International and earlier he was in Dawn], he had escaped from Pakistan [to save himself from the wrath of the Establishment headed by General Musharraf and Co particularly after the Controversy of Shaheen Sehbai's Story on the Murder of Daniel Pearl after the start of War on Terror] and Mr Shaheen used to run a Web Based News Service i.e. South Asia Tribune but suddenly Mr Shaheen Sehbai reappeared and closed his website [whereas Mr Shaheen during his self imposed exile in USA used to raise hue and cry against the Military Establishment that he and his family member's life is in danger] he returned to Pakistan and that too under the same Martial Law of General Musharraf and joined ARY TV Channel then GEO and then The News International [where he is presently working].

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 1

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 2

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 3

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 4

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 5

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 6

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 7

Hamid Mir Calamity & Geo TV.

Nawaz Sharif, GEO TV and Jang Group of Newspapers

Nawaz Sharif, Kamran Khan, National Interest & Geo TV

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