The Thin Red Line
A journalist must always report, not take out conclusions. The charges leveled against the Muttahida Quami Movement will be taken to the court of law and the court will decide the future of the third largest and the only middle class led progressive liberal party of Pakistan, not someone sitting in his drawing room far far away from the ground.
I just went through a program hosted by Mr. Ahmed Qureshi on a local news channel which was on air after the raid on Pakistan’s third largest political party, Muttahida Quami Movement. I surely felt that he did injustice whilst explaining the facts and I certainly want to correct them.
Mr. Ahmed Qureshi said that it is a shameful thing that huge cache of arms and ammunition were found at a political party’s office. I totally agree with Mr. Qureshi but he certainly forgot to inform his viewers about the background of this political party. Muttahida Quami Movement, being a democratic liberal party of Pakistan, has been the most vocal political party against barbarism and planned takeover of terrorist outfits like Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar e Jhangvi and Sipah e Sahaba Pakistan etc. In the last 7 years, three of its sitting members of Provincial assembly were gunned down and these banned outfits proudly claimed the responsibility with the threat that such attacks will continue in future. Muttahida Quami Movement also faced threats during general elections of 2013 and major suicide attacks were carried out on its election offices as well as its head quarters Nine Zero.
It should also be brought to the knowledge of viewers that the Federal and the Provincial Interior Ministries, from time to time, issued threat warnings to Muttahida Quami Movement regarding terrorist attacks. On numerous occasions, Muttahida Quami Movement requested authorities to provide adequate security measures but were informed that it was not possible and Muttahida Quami Movement should make arrangements of the security by themselves. Hence, the MNAs and MPAs of the party were issued arms licenses from Ministry of Interior. The arms recovered from the head quarters of the Muttahida Quami Movement were licensed (as their members showed it to the media in a press conference).
Secondly, Mr. Qureshi said that he applauds a twitter message of Mr. Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Vice President of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf which according to him said “We reject that a political party can have such huge cache of arms”. I sincerely think that Mr. Qureshi failed to inform viewers that Mr. Shah Mehmood Qureshi represents a political party that openly supported the ideology of banned Tehreek e Taliban. Not only this, Mr. Mehmood’s party openly offered the banned Tehreek e Taliban to open their offices in KPK where a PTI led Government exists. Isn’t it obvious that Mr. Mehmood’s PTI does not require arms when they have the whole banned Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan as their allies?
Mr. Ahmed Qureshi in all his programs stresses the need for rule of law to exist. I agree with him but is it the job of a political party to create and implement a rule of law? Isn’t the State responsible for that? Muttahida Quami Movement followed the rule of law and obtained arms license for self-protection though a designed procedure by the Ministry of Interior. Why has Mr. Qureshi failed to question the actors of the State about such irregularities in the rule of law? Why he never questioned the authorities who denied providing security to Muttahida Quami Movement?
Another unethical thing to be noticed in the programs conducted by Mr. Qureshi (after the raid at Nine Zero) is that he is pretty much worried about the intellectual substance of Muttahida Quami Movement. He must not forget that Muttahida Quami Movement is the elected party of Karachiites since decades. Karachi being the most educated city of Pakistan has always shown its trust on the Muttahida Quami Movement and its founder and leader Mr. Altaf Hussain. Educated workers ask questions and demand logic. It is impossible to get them under the flag of Muttahida Quami Movement if intellect was missing in actions or strategies of the Muttahida Quami Movement.
Lastly, a journalist must never become a judge. This is the only thing, apart from showing your bias, which makes the credibility of a journalist doubtful. A journalist must always report, not draw conclusions. The charges leveled against Muttahida Quami Movement will be taken to the court of law and the court shall decide the future of the third largest and the only middle class led progressive liberal party of Pakistan, not someone sitting in his drawing room far, far away from reality.