News has openly challenged Mubashir Luqman, Imran Khan and Zaid
Hamid to prove a single one of their allegations in Supreme
Court and GEO News will itself shut its transmission down. GEO
News is not just the most popular, and the biggest news channel
of the country, it is also the most independent. Its independence
is its asset as well as its liability and it is frequently punished
following are highlights of Geo and Jang Group’s response
to the allegations. Below you can read the comprehensive response
to each allegation.
- Aman Ki Asha no foreign funding! Government of Pakistan
approved it, started after feedback incorporated from
ISI and ISPR!
- Aman Ki Asha funding allegation was already nullified
by Supreme Court 5 months ago. PEMRA apologized in writing!
- Ehsan Mani SKMH Audit Committee Chairman was Chairman
of the Bidding Commitee for Pakistan Sri Lanka/South
Africa, Rejects Khan’s Allegations against GEO/Najam
- Khan says Jang Group contorlled by foreign funding,
Jang Group releases white paper, less than 1% revenue
from donor driven/MKRF projects!
- Khan uses FAFEN to prove Election Rigging. FAFEN says,
Geo helped EXPOSE rigging, not involved in any Rigging,
allegation childish by Khan
- Geo Network pays more taxes than any other TV channel.
Jang Group and GEO Network are not bank, or Tax defaulters.
- Zara Sochiye Education funding from DFID was declared
to Govt. & senior Military Establishment before
- Asad Umer (Vice President PTI) was Board Member on
the Zara Sochiye Education project.
- GEO asked General Musharraf and the then DG ISI if
any objection to broadcasting VOA. No objection.
- Ajmal Kasab link to Farid Kot, Pakistan was first
established by Guardian, Dawn and then Geo News.
- Government of Pakistan admitted Ajmal Kasab was from
Farid Kot, Pakistan.
- Nawaz Sharif Speech on election night was shown first
by Capital TV and then all channels including Geo.
- Imran Khan was called Taliban Khan first by lubpak.com
on 19 October 2008 and by PPP affiliated politicians.
- GEO aired more debates/special transmissions and programs
supporting peace with Taliban/Afghanistan then for Aman
- Before Shaista’s program same qawali aired
on ARY thrice as well as Samaa, Express. Geo apologized
what about others?
- ARY aired the controversial video 62 times AFTER GEO
apologised, inciting violence due to rivalry.
- Arrest warrant for Zaid Hamid & Mubashir Luqman
have been issued in defamation cases against Jang Group,
4 months ago.
- Mubashir Luqman, Zaid Hamid have not been able to
provide a single page of evidence in Court against Geo/Jang
in the last 4 months.
- Imran Khan, Mubashir Lucman, Zaid Hamid challenged
by Geo/Jang to prove a single allegation in Court, we
will shut GEO ourselves down
“US has given half of the support pledged by (the world).
Please make sure that GEO reports that! GEO has reported
a lot of anti-US stuff. “ Richard Holbroke in Press Conference
in Pakistan- Foreign Funded Traitor? BanGEO# ?
Wikileaks: "We have evidence the Jang Group is consciously
publishing and broadcasting false and inflammatory stories,
without regard to the fact that they could encourage violence
against Americans or against U.S. interests.” Foreign
Funded Traitor? BanGEO# ?
Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman started Jang 75
years ago from humble beginnings where he was the paper’s
distributor, photographer, reporter and editor. The Jang
Group, today, is the largest, most popular and most independent
media group of Pakistan. Mir Khalil was a ‘traitor’ to
the British Empire and was jailed for supporting the Pakistan
movement which he supported from its foundational stages.
Translation: This report was sent by
Chief Commission Delhi to British Government for the
period September to 31st December 1941 listing extremist
newspapers in which Jang Newspaper appears on No. 16.
(British Government used to term those newspapers extremists
who would support freedom movement).
Jang Group and GEO Network pay more taxes
than any other media group in Pakistan. An analysis of
taxes paid since GEO started would show it has been paying
more taxes than top 3 channels, COMBINED. In 60 years
operating history, Jang Group has never ever been convicted
of any tax default by a Court of Law.
There is no foreign ownership of GEO
or Jang Group. GEO and Jang Group is fully owned by the
family of Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman.
Contrary to allegations about foreign funding leveled
by PTI Chairman Imran Khan that Geo TV/Jang Group is driven
by foreign funds thus follow foreign agenda, all donor
projects of the Jang Group and GEO Network, since the
last 12 years (when GEO was launched), whether through
MKRF or directly, including Zara Sochieye and VOA, make
up less than 1% of the Group’s revenue.
GEO and Jang Group has challenged Imran Khan et al to
verify this claim that will pass all scrutiny tests carried
out either by judicial forum or any other inquiry committee.
Moreover, GEO and Jang Group reliance on Government advertising
as percentage of its overall advertising is the lowest.
Jang Group and GEO Network are the most independent media
organization of Pakistan. We invite a media commission
be made to check the entire media records for this to
be double checked, and we wait for anyone in media to
make a similar statement.
The group has faced multiple suspensions from advertising
by government and related authorities in the past and
a Constitutional Petition to this effect has been filed
and pending with the Sindh High Court. In a petition submitted
to Supreme Court Media Commission GEO requested the following
in its prayers:
Direct the commission to recommend to honorable Supreme
Court if in order to protect independence of media it
should be mandated to declare assets of owners of media
and hosts and anchors and reporters. If the Supreme Court
feels it’s in the best interest to do so we will gladly
declare and make it a policy for our media company and
- GEO Response to Media Commission formed to investigate
charges brought on by Petition filed by Hamid Mir and
Absar Alam in the Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan
Moreover, as part of its detailed internal code of conduct
Geo Asool (www.geo.tv/asool),
which GEO TV Network made public and adopted on 14th of
August, 2012, it also requested PBA for the following:
We propose that all channels disclose (on quarterly
basis) government advertising reliance as percent of their
total revenue and any advertiser that is more than 5%
of its revenue. Since 3rd party data exists regarding
the volume and minutes of all advertisers the % revenue
data will indirectly reveal the rate card information
as well. Therefore if any one channel were to do this
alone then it will be disclosing its rate card and discounts
structure which can put its competitive position at risk.
Therefore we recommend to PBA (Pakistan Broadcaster’s
Association) that this be made mandatory for all its members
and GEO will be the first one to implement this policy.
- Geo Asool (Recommendations for Industry
Zara Sochieye Hadood Ordinance advocacy
debate/campaign received no foreign funding whatsoever.
Aman Ki Asha is a non-profit indigenous
media peace initiative between India and Pakistan’s
largest media groups, and it has taken no funds from outside
or foreign sources. Period.
Aman Ki Asha is a pro-Pakistan campaign that realizes
peace has a socio economic dividend for our children ($550
billion dollars worth at least according to Harvard professors)
and that the cost of conflict and war hurts us all. There
are many however in India and Pakistan that are understandably
afraid of change and there are some in fact that suffer
financially as well if there is peace.
Aman Ki Asha was started AFTER consultation with senior
most military establishment people (Including but not
limited to DG ISI, DG ISPR), its advisors include ex-national
security advisor and almost all events that had taken
place of Aman Ki Asha included input and feedback from
ISPR. Moreover the Aman ki Ashia initiative has received
support and participation by all major political parties
including Imran Khan himself on numerous occasions.
Foreign funding allegation, that Aman
Ki Asha was funded by a Norwegian NGO and which can be
traced to Doordarshan was brought up by Zahid Hamid quoting
PEMRA and Supreme Court Media Commission report:
The Supreme Court took up the case and after reviewing facts
and comments by PERMA and Government, PEMRA apologized in
writing to GEO. The member of the Media Commission, Javed
Jabbar has stated the following:
"At no point whatsoever does the Commission allege
that the Jang/Geo group has secretly received funds from
overseas or Indian sources. Nor does it record a suspicion
that this group, or any other group is anti-Pakistan or
disloyal to the country. From long inter-action with both
its owners and its team for about forty five years , one
is convinced that they are as committed to the security
and well-being of our country as any one else, civil or
Javed Jabbar (Supreme Court
Media Commission Member)
The Ajmal Kasab story, that he was from
Faridkot near Lahore Pakistan, was first broken by Guardian
newspaper and Dawn Newspaper, and then followed by GEO
Guardian – Revealed: home of Mumbai's gunman in Pakistan
Village (7 Dec, 2008)
Dawn – Crackdown hints at Faridkot-Mumbai link (11 Dec,
Geo News Airing of Ajmal Kasab’s links to Farid Kot (13
Geo News is a channel that believes in upholding the
public interest. There are times when a channel must get
to the truth even if it is bitter. Geo investigated the
origins of Ajmal Kasab and this investigation led it to
his home in Farid Kot. The spate of denials and the hostility
of a certain section of our population was misplaced.
At no time did Geo allege that Kasab had links with the
Pakistan security forces. He was clearly described as
a non-state actor but Geo was castigated for this revelation.
Sadly, we were vindicated when the government owned up
to our story.
Express India - After India, Sharif slams Zardari, says
Kasab from Pak
LUBPAK – Nawaz Sharif says Ajmal Kasab from Faridkot,
Also see: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGcGeYo7LRU
It troubled us that a Pakistani national was involved
in the Mumbai Attack. Geo TV is a responsible channel
committed to the accurate dissemination of news. The subsequent
admission by Pakistan about Kasab’s nationality did not
result in any celebration by our channel. Our vindication
Media in general and GEO News specifically gets accused
by critics for spreading negativity, exposing the ills
of our society, of demoralizing our viewers by exposing
the fragile issues in Baluchistan, Missing Persons, Ajmal
Kasab, debating Abbotabad debacle, whose fault is what
and other sensitive issues. We simply believe that media’s
goal and role is not to highlight just the positive but
to help create an enabling environment for debate and
discussion as well as to illuminate audiences through
diverse points of views. The Jang Group has the most diversity
in its views, columns, hosts and covers news from different
angles. But the biggest dictum we believe in is:
"The truth no matter how bitter is more patriotic
than a lie no matter how sweet." - Mr Jeem
Those of us who believe in this think we are preventing
another Bangladesh from happening in Baluchistan. Those
of us who believe in this think that by talking about
Ajmal Kassab we can prevent others from becoming him.
That all mistakes can be converted into learning through
GEO is accused of being tightly controlled
by its owners and only one particular point of view is
aired that suit its owners. GEO and Jang Group have the
biggest diversity of opinions than any other media group.
A group that enables views and debates as diverse as Najam
Sethi and Ansar Abbasi, from Dr Aamir Liaqat Hussain to
Hassan Nisar. We believe that there is room in Pakistan
for both. The Jang Group allows and encourages self-criticism.
Quite a few examples exist where our own people have openly
criticized each other, as well as Group policy. For example
regarding coverage of April 19th of the unfortunate attack
on Hamid Mir, our own analysts and hosts were on GEO News
within hours critical of the coverage and the way accusation
was made. Even next day the same people were invited to
express their opinions again. GEO’s comedy programs even
make fun of their own people. Articles are written against
Aman Ki Asha all the time. GEO Aur Jeenday Do policy of
tolerance is the only way to do progressive and vibrant
journalism and to create a similar society.
Mubashir Luqman and Zahid Hamid have
been sued by Jang Group ever since they first did a program
using out of context minutes from the Supreme Court Media
Commission over 4 months ago. Arrest warrants have been
issued for both but they keep getting bail. Contempt of
court cases have also been filed against both but they
continue to violate rules and law. Mubashir Luqman has
not filed a single paper in court trying to prove any
of his accusations with any evidence, however he had the
time to do over 80 programs against GEO Network and Jang
Group and its senior management as well as write a book
based on these allegations. The Jang Group and GEO Network
have challenged Mubashir Luqman and Zahid Hamid, along
with Imran Khan, to prove a single allegation in Supreme
Court, and GEO will shut itself down.
Mubashir Luqman has been alleging that
GEO with the help of RAW, got an article published in
The Hindustan Times that defames Pakistan. Luqman alleged
that an internal investigation conducted by The Hindustan
times concluded the report published in HT was planted
by RAW, Jang Group and an HT reporter. He also alleged
that a story on internet in this regard was written and
circulated by Mahmood Shaam – former Group editor of Jang
Newspaper. All of this is false. Mahmood Shaam has denied
that he wrote the report or got it from Hindustan Times.
He said that he received an email and just forwarded it
to an email group. In response to emails and phone calls
by Jang group asking for immediate clarification Sanjoy
Narayan - Editor-in-Chief of The Hindustan Times – confirmed
on telephone and by e-mail, that internal investigation
of the nature alleged in the report was ever conducted
and therefore the conclusions mentioned in the report
are also totally false. He termed allegations of involvement
of Jang group ludicrous. HT also printed a clarification
on these lines on their website as well,
Mubashir Luqman knows all this, yet he has repeated these
allegations along with Zaid Hamid. Mubashir Luqman and
Zaid Hamid have failed to produce a single document in
court as proof yet they keep on repeating it.
Mubashir Luqman in yet another false
allegation said that 200 Indian movies were purchased
by the Jang Group and 100 billion rupees transferred to
India using “hundi”. The Group has also been accused of
running Indian movies on fake censor certificates. The
Jang Group spokesperson has multiple times denied these
allegations and said that all the movie purchases were
done legally and the Censor Board had issued certificates
only after their diligent review. The surprising thing
is that the entire Pakistan’s cinema market is not even
three percent of the said amount that Mubashir Luqman
talks about. Mubashir Luqman and Zaid Hamid have also
failed to produce a single document in court regarding
this allegation yet they keep on repeating it as if its
Some anonymous websites claim that Jang
Group and GEO Network were paid to support the independent
judiciary movement. Not true. In fact independent lawyers
movement had financially damaged the Jang Group and GEO
Network by Rs. 1.94 billion as General Pervez Musharraf
closed down all of GEO Network’s channels including Geo
Super, AAG, GEO News, GEO Entertainment for 87 days while
other media group’s news channels were only shut for less
than a week. This loss in present value amounts to Rs.
Anyone who works to change the status
quo in Pakistan will be labeled a traitor to the nation
or to Islam. All change agents, will be labeled US, Indian
or Israeli agents. We have faced these allegations before
from those who were agents of the status quo and who do
not want an independent judiciary and an independent media
to expose the reality of the powers that be. Jang Group
suffered 40 millions dollars of advertisement losses,
during the independent Judiciary movement and was shut
down for 3 months. The group suffered 20 million dollar
worth of losses when it fought for an independent editorial
policy during the previous Nawaz Sharif government. The
Group faced similar allegations during the recent Zardari
government as well and will continue to face them in future.
But in the long term every loss of ours has been converted
into a profit for the nation.
Mubashir Luqman has alleged GEO owes
billion rupees to PEMRA. This is also completely false
and baseless. PEMRA illegally tried to get a percentage
of revenue tax allocated to each channel though its actual
law doesn’t allow it to. In this regard the Pakistan Broadcasters
Association, which is the representative body of television
and radio stations, has already approached and received
remedy by the court, and the very channel that the anchorperson
is using as a platform is also a party to the issue.
Attached below is a payment certificate
issued by PEMRA to GEO TV Network whereby PEMRA has certified
that our annual fee for all channels have been paid up
till 21-05-2015 and that no fee is outstanding against
Mubashir Luqman knows this but he keeps
on repeating the charge, and again doing so without going
to court and producing a single piece of paper worth of
Mubashir Luqman and Zaid Hamid have
alleged that Jang Group/GEO Network are defaulters of
National Bank. This is not true, and Mubashir Luqman has
been given documents to disprove this by the bank itself
yet he keeps on making this allegation. In the interest
of transparency we are providing context below. The previous
government had stopped government advertising with the
Jang Group, officially boycotting GEO denying access to
political party and government representatives to its
programs, aired GEO Super’s World Cup rights on PTV without
paying for those rights, without bidding sold rights of
ICC Cricket Rights exclusively to an Indian Sports Channel,
shut down GEO Super for 3 months due to security clearance
charge, as well as GEO News in one province for 20 days.
Continuing part of this government strategy to influence
Jang Group’s editorial policy was to recall all its previous
National Bank loans all in one day despite the fact that
a restructuring agreement had been signed by the bank
a few days earlier. The Group took the bank to court but
eventually the matter was settled and Group has been making
all its payments.
It is alleged that GEO has blamed DGI
ISI without evidence and started a campaign against the
Armed Forces, proving that GEO all along has been working
for foreign forces. GEO didn’t blame anyone. After the
brutal attack on Hamid Mir, the allegations leveled by
Amir Mir were based on a recorded statement that Hamid
Mir handed to his family and friends for its release in
case of any attempt on his life. The allegations might
have surprised many viewers but the fact remains that
the victim had shared his concerns with many of his friends
and colleagues as well as different organizations that
protect journalists including Reporters Without Borders,
Committee to Protect Journalists and Amnesty International.
Needless to mention that neither the family traumatized
by this tragic incident was ready to wait nor were his
colleagues and by law and custom the family and victim
have a right to accuse their victim without proof, as
that is how inquiries start. The family had decided to
do a press conference against GEO if we didn’t take their
point of view on air. The decision to air the allegation
has a context that was not fully communicated. That context
includes emails and other materials that wasn’t aired
keeping sensitivities and restraints in mind to do with
respect for Institution and National Security that only
the Judicial Commission maybe able to appreciate.
Media flashes pictures when some other noted figures
are held accused in any case? When 300 children die in
Interior Sind the entire media shows picture of Qaim Ali
Shah and also holds him responsible. When a train disaster
happens people hold the railway minister also responsible.
When Pakistan cricket team doesn’t do well many people
hold the PCB Chairman responsible and when economy isn’t
doing well of a country we hold the Finance Minister responsible
and show his picture. In this case direct accusation was
On countless occasions since 2002 allegations on TV
have been leveled against the then COAS Musharraf, the
then ISI Chief Shuja Pasha, Premier Nawaz Sharif, Chief
Minister Shahbaz Sharif, former President Asif Ali Zardari,
PTI Chief Imran Khan, former PM Yusuf Raza Gilani and
former PM Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, the pictures of all these
leaders were shown along with the allegations repeatedly
by electronic media. When Benazir Bhutto accused the then
President Musharraf, the then IB chief Brigadier Ijaz
and the then Punjab CM Pervaiz Ilahi of conspiring to
murder her, the pictures of all them were repeatedly shown
for hours and days by the electronic media. When the PML-N
had accused the then ISI Chief Shuja Pasha of backing
Imran Khan and demanded his resignation, the PML-N demand
and accusation along with Pasha’s picture were repeatedly
shown on the electronic media. Hours and hours of footage
has aired by all channels where Imran Khan has abused
General Musharraf and the Armed Forces giving all sorts
of allegations regarding its alleged support on War on
Terror. Mubashir Luqman did several shows on COAS General
Kiani calling him a CIA agent, even days before he retired.
Faisal Raza Abidi for hours did press conference against
Chief Justice of Pakistan and Supreme Court without any
proof or following proper procedure to appeal to the Supreme
Judicial Council. Just a few days ago Imran Khan alleged
that GEO has rigged the elections, hours of this allegation
was repeated in by all news channels. Mubashir Luqman
has been airing allegations against GEO and Jang Group
for the past 5 months without a single proof submitted
in court. In all these examples in fact there was no proof.
In all of these occasions PEMRA did not give a notice,
no channel was shut down and no one called anyone Anti
It is also said that GEO aired the DG ISI’s photograph
with the allegation for 8 hours, whereas, On April 19,
2014, the day of the unfortunate attack on Hamid Mir,
54 minutes of photo and allegation against DG ISI Zaheer-ul-Islam
was aired. DG ISPR version with photo was aired for 45
This should not be considered as a conspiracy. If pattern
and behavior of electronic media is properly understood,
question of any conspiracy won’t come into mind.
The above answer attempts to address the conspiracy factor
accusation regarding our coverage of April 19th. There
was no conspiracy whatsoever. The above does not attempt
to address the merits and mistakes of our April 19th transmission.
From that very evening and since then our programming,
news, editorials and columns have addressed that in a
diverse way including severe criticism from our own anchors
and external participants.
Mubashir Luqman and then Imran Khan have
falsely accused that Jang/GEO group received special favor
by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to acquire rights
for the cricket series against Sri Lanka. The whole process
was conducted in open and transparent manner and was witnessed
by both bidders (GEO Super and Ten Sports) and a bid committee
comprised of Ehsan Mani as Chairman legal department of
PCB, retired judge, member of BOG, COO, CFO and independent
international auditors (Ernst & Young).
Ten Sports, won the South Africa series rights through
the bidding process and GEO Super won the Sri Lanka series
rights due to higher bid amounts. Ten Sports is a 100
percent Indian owned company and yet no one raised an
eyebrow against them or wrote articles one after the other.
Due to interim appointments, the Supreme Court did not
allow the PCB to enter into any long-term sale of rights
that is why the bidding for the matches was for two series
Also the India Pakistan series had not yet been finalized
therefore PCB did not want to sell their jewel without
the crown and thus opted for short term rights. The insinuation
that Jang Group is being tested to behave for 6 months
with the government after which it will be rewarded 5
year rights is outright slander and insinuates that we
would sell out our editorial policy. If Jang/GEO Group
was to sell out why wouldn't it sell out to the previous
government, which was alleged to have been the bigger
deal makers! Why wouldn't it sell out to a military dictator
in his most desperate times! GEO and Jang Group make money
by being as independent as possible while others may make
money by being dependent of the powers that be, all powers,
local or foreign.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman
Imran Khan pinned the allegation of rigging on Geo News
but failed to produce any evidence to support his claims.
Imran Khan was asked to provide proof to back his allegations
but he spent several days dilly-dallying and then finally
held a press conference in a bid to prove his accusations.
To a question by a reporter, Imran Khan only referred
to page number 5 of the ‘white paper’ published by his
party over the alleged rigging of the general elections.
When we looked at this page, it left us amazed as it only
said that Pakistan Muslim League-N got maximum coverage
by Geo TV. This in no way qualifies to be an evidence
of rigging. A report released by the European Union’s
Election Mission states that PML-N’s share of Geo News
programming stood at 25 percent while that of PTI’s at
Rigging can’t take place during vote count as votes
are counted in front of party representative at each polling
station. Rigging takes place before vote counting during
the actual voting process. Voting finished between 5-6pm.
There is no way GEO or any media could influence rigging
or be involved in rigging at 11:05pm, which was 5 hours
after voting had closed. Kamran Khan and GEO News name
shouldn’t be tarnished just because Kamran Khan showed
partial results at 11:05pm.
In fact, Ayaz Khan of Express News said the following
during Express News election transmission at 10:21 pm.
“Mey yeh dekh raha hoon ke PML-N centre mein hukoomat
bana sakti hey or Punjab mey unki government banegi aur
Sindh mey PPP government banaey gi or mein yeh dekh raha
hoon ke opposition bhi PPP ki hi hogi.”
Nawaz Sharif’s speech was shown by all channels and
in fact GEO News was not even the first channel to show
Capital TV showed the speech at 11:28pm and Geo News
& Dawn News aired the speech at 11:30pm.
Regarding showing of partial results, whether based
on 19% or 30% polling station results, a frequent disclaimer
was flashing on screen and was also being repeated verbally
by our newscaster letting our viewers know that these
are non-official and partial results. All over the world
partial results are given in elections and in our case
we were also showing per constituency what % of the polling
station results have come in. This was not a projection
but actual results that we were getting from our 11,000
correspondents working that day, who were getting polling
station results directly from polling stations and returning
officers and Election Commission sources. All channels
were airing partial results and the same was done in 2002
and 2008. The method that was used to announce results
was consulted by Dr. Ijaz Shafi Gilani (Gallup Pakistan)
and Salman Naseer Danish (PTI) and was statistically safe.
This is verified by comparing the result that GEO had
given to other channels and final election results announced
by the Election Commission. The difference between all
channels was less than 10% though GEO was airing the results
first due to its larger network and experience. If GEO
had rigged the elections, were all top 5 news channels
also involved as they were airing similar results? All
local and international poll projections had also predicted
similar trend as of the elections, does that mean they
were also involved in rigging the elections with GEO?
Imran Khan didn’t share any allegations of GEO rigging
elections with the GEO or Jang Group Administrations.
First time GEO heard of the allegations was during Imran
Khan’s press conference on the 2nd of May 2014. Imran
Khan praised FAFEN (an election monitoring network) for
pointing out election irregularities and rigging, however
FAFEN CEO has categorically stated that Khan’s allegation
is unfounded and childish for alleging that GEO had anything
to do with rigging of elections.
Mudassir Rizvi, CEO FAFEN (
http://www.fafen.org) was the largest network of
voter monitoring and fraud monitoring, told GEO News on
camera yesterday, “Geo News is not responsible for rigging,
we can only hold those responsible that had position of
authority. We had an information sharing agreement with
GEO which aired much of our data regarding rigging.” GEO
News also received a note of appreciation for our contribution
for elections 2013 transmission from FAFEN.
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Iftikhar Ahmad, Director Elections at Jang Group and
senior anchorperson, has challenged Imran Khan to an open
debate to prove his allegations and provide evidence.
Iftikhar Ahmad also said, “Why these allegations were
not part of the white paper that was released by PTI on
elections rigging? Why is GEO being attacked now? And
if Khan wants to improve election reforms then shouldn’t
it be one year before the next elections, why now? I think
Khan needs to be more mature and realize why he actually
lost and show more sportsman sprit.”
Iftikhar Ahmed challenge to Imran Khan (PTI... by
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Khan Sb., you and Shireen Mazari also told millions of
our viewers and your voters that Jang Group and GEO TV
Network gave more coverage to PML-N than PTI. You tweeted
an actual graph from a report by European Union Election
The European Union Election Observation Mission's report
on Pakistan's 2013 elections reveals facts that belie
the claim of Imran Khan and Shireen Mazari, the Information
Secretary of PTI.
The report measures election coverage in multiple categories,
including: a) rallies and press conferences; b) time allocated
to political actors during Prime Time programming; c)
direct speech/quotes within news; and d) political advertising.
The EU's report shows that in rallies and press conferences
category, the PTI got the highest coverage from Geo News,
which is almost twice as much as the second channel in
this category - Express. (Approximations from graph shows:
Geo 6,250, Express 3,500, ARY 3,000, Dawn News 2,750 ).
In time allocated to political actors in Prime Time programming
category, again the Geo News gave the PTI the highest
share compared to all other satellite news channels (Geo
21%, ARY 18%, Express 17%, Dawn News 16%).
In the category of time allocated to political actors
in news, the Geo News gave the PTI the highest share,
doubling almost the figure of the second highest. (Geo
32%, ARY 17%, Express 16%, Dawn News 16%)
In the category regarded direct speech within news, the
news channel which gave the highest share of its coverage
to the PTI was Geo News with 25%.
However, in the last category measured by the EU - time
allocated to political advertising, the PTI gave more
advertising air time to Dawn News, ARY, and Express than
See the EU Report on: http://www.eueom.eu/files/pressreleases/english/eu-eom-pakistan-2013-final-report_en.pdf
See Usman Manzoor’s Article Today in The
GEO showed more elections rigging footage
than anyone. GEO was sent appreciation letter by Election
Commission of Pakistan for sending it hours worth of elections
rigging footage it gathered via GEO Dost. Geo also aired
this footage on its programs and transmission.
Election Commission Praises Media and GEO:
Reports-CEC praises Geo for Election... by GeoNews
News parhain, day of the voter, falaana, vote laazmi
hai, vote kerna chahiye. Tou ab is se ziada tou mein expect
nahi ker sakta hun. AUr aap loag sab hain. Media ne bara
positive role play kia hai. Ye bata dun mein aap ko. MashaAllah,
Iftikhar sb jo roz detay thay roz sham ko. Kamran jo deitay
rehtay hain, Aur sab bhi, doosray media bhi per is channel
ne zara do qadam ziada kaam kia. Kai roz se iftikhar sb
roz aik program kertay hain ke vote do aakhir mein ja
ke kehtay hain vote do vote do. Mein samajhta hun ye bohat
achi signs hain. People are conscious of it, Media is
conscious of it and InshaAllah acha nateeja aae ga.
Read the news. There are things like ‘Day of the Voter’
etc. Vote is must. We should exercise our vote. So I cannot
expect more than this. And you all are in this. Let me
tell you that media has played a very positive role MashaAllah.
Iftikhar Sb has been doing program in evening every day.
Kamran Sb has been doing it. And the other channels have
also done but this channel has gone two steps ahead and
worked more on this. Ifitkhar Sb has been doing program
for many days urging people to vote. He used to say in
the end to vote again and again. I think these are very
good signs. People are conscious of it. Media is conscious
of it. The results will be good InshaAllah.
GEO/Jang Group have already in writing
told Imran Khan that the whole process was conducted in
open and transparent manner and was witnessed by both
bidders (GEO Super and Ten Sports) and a bid committee
comprised of Ehsan Mani as chairman legal department of
PCB, retired judge, member of BOG, COO, CFO of PCB and
independent international auditors (Ernst & Young). In
fact Ehsan Mani, who is the chairman of audit committee
of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research
Centre and a member of its Board of Governors, rejected
Khan’s claims that Geo Super was awarded with the series
rights due to the involvement of Najam Sethi.
While talking exclusively to Geo News, he said that
“Geo Super had offered the highest bid for the Sri Lanka
series and that Najam Sethi had nothing to do with selling
the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) cricketing rights”. He
said that “Ten Sports and Geo Super won the cricketing
rights on the basis of merit and the bids they made. The
process of acquiring the series rights followed a though
procedure and no undue favour was granted to any party.”
Ehsan Mani further said that “the bids were overseen by
the independent observers and there was no fiddling during
the process”. He said that “he was shocked to know about
Imran Khan’s allegations against Najam Sethi.”
Ten Sports is a 100 percent Indian owned company and
yet no one raised an eyebrow against them or wrote articles
one after the other. Due to interim appointments, the
Supreme Court, at that time, did not allow the PCB to
enter into any long-term sale of rights that is why the
bidding for the matches was for two series only and not
5 years. Also Khan has alluded that we had rigged the
elections and in return we got one 14 day match rights?
GEO and Jang Group have lost over 600 crores for supporting
the lawyers movement fighting a military dictator. Jang
Group had also been shut down by Nawaz Sharif in 1998-99
and was boycotted by PPP as well in previous government
who had banned all advertising to the largest media group.
If GEO didn’t sell out then why would it do now, and that
too for Pakistan vs. Sir Lanka Cricket Series rights?
As for the allegation as to why PTV did not bid for
PCB rights, this allegation insinuates that GEO forced
PTV not to bid and therefore bought PCB rights for cheaper
price. Again this is ludicrous. The main competition in
rights is mostly international channels and in this case
was Ten Sports which participated in the bid and won Pakistan
vs. South Africa series rights. One of the reasons why
competition is between international channels and GEO
Super is because PTV has terrestrial rights and no other
channel in Pakistan or outside it has access to terrestrial
reach and thus any channel that gets the rights will end
up making a deal with PTV. So it can be argued that it
was in PTV’s interest to sit back and let two channels
compete and then come to PTV which has a monopoly on terrestrial
reach and monetizing ability. Regarding PTV bidding there
were discussions between PTV and GEO as well as PTV and
Ten Sports but no MOU or deal could be reached.
We would like to clarify that the original
approved minority funding for Zara Sochiye from DFID was
GBP 6.9 million, however, final disbursement under the
grant was GBP 5.069 million which was provided by remittance
through proper banking channels and registered as grant
with the State Bank of Pakistan. Since Mr Khan doesn’t
trust us, he can seek independent verification of this
fact directly from DFID and House of Lords.
The minority funding by Department for International
Development, UK (DFID, UK) was declared to government
authorities including tax authorities. The same was declared
on the Zara Sochieye Website from day one (Please refer
to http://www.zs.org.pk/faqs.asp). DFID consulted Government
of Pakistan at the time and also met with PTV, DAWN, EXPRESS
and ARY before committing the project to MKRF. MKRF based
on discounts and advocacy commitments advertised on PTV,
Radio Pakistan, ISRP Radio Channels, 4 regional satellite
channels besides GEO and Jang Group. GEO and Jang Group
gave the largest discount and editorial support. Senior
most management of Jang Group as a courtesy asked the
senior most representative of military establishment if
there were any objections before taking on the project.
The fund usage was audited by independent Chartered Accountant
firms KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).
Mr Khan should also consult Mr Asad Umar (Vice President
PTI), who was an active member of Board of Advisors for
this campaign, and whose support and contribution to Zara
Sochiye campaign we extensively appreciate. We respect
Mr Umar as a professional, and we are confident that he
will vouch that ZS campaign was pure-heartedly about education
reforms, and had nothing to do with allegations being
leveled by Mr Khan.
We would also like to state following further facts
about Zara Sochiye campaign that Mr Khan and others may
- MKRF delivered approx. 90,000 minutes of advertising
inventory on GEO TV Network, across Pakistan and international
beams, valuing at PKR 180 crore, for which GEO was only
paid PKR 32.6 crore, thus at a whopping discount of
82%. Average discount on GEO TV Network is about 35%,
hence, if GEO had sold this inventory commercially,
GEO could have benefited by approx additional PKR 85
crore. Media buying agencies and advertising community
in Pakistan (including close associates of Mr Khan who
have been in this business) very well know and can vouch
that inventory on GEO TV Network is generally sold out
and we regularly drop commercial business on daily basis,
hence, this inventory could otherwise easily have been
sold on better terms, if our objective indeed was just
to earn profits.
- In addition, thousands of minutes of content spanning
news stories, editorial, discussion programs, Great
Debates, etc. were produced and broadcasted by MKRF
and GEO, for which no amount were charged.
- PTV Network was also given the ZS advertising to
the tune of PKR 22.9 crore, but PTV only extended 30%
discount, despite MKRF’s repeated requests to them to
extend better discounts, including to then Managing
Director PTV, as ZS campaign was the voice for education
reforms in Pakistan, our beloved Country, where 3 crore
children don't go to school and where allocation of
budget for education sector is amongst the lowest in
- In addition, other regional language TV channels
and radio networks, including a radio network with association
of ISPR, were given ZS advertising, to the tune of PKR
- MKRF would also like to clarify that selection of
media to carry ZS advertising was in consensus with
DFID, and were carried out with the objective of extending
the reach of campaign, rather than pleasing any person
or media group.
- MKRF would also, once again, like to clarify, that
ZS campaign funds were audited by KPMG and reviewed
by PricewaterhouseCoopers for processes, with clean
reports from both.
MKRF, Jang and GEO would once again strongly asserts
that Mr Khan or anyone else has no rights or justification
to judge our patriotism. We are as patriotic as any other
citizen of Pakistan, civilian or military.
We would also like to clarify that MKRF or GEO has done
nothing that is illegal, and there is nothing wrong in
seeking grants from donor agencies for projects and interests
that promotes interests of masses of Pakistan.
We would like to strongly underline that Jang and GEO
have never sold editorial content, and we never will.
Anyone alleging this is making a false statement, and
we will take all such persons to court to prove their
allegations, or otherwise, face the lawful punishment
prescribed in law for such acts of perjury.
We once again challenge Mr Khan, using any resources
he wants including the resources within GEO he would like
to utilize at his disposal, to prove, that GEO had altered
its content or editorial policies against the interests
of Pakistan, because of any grant we received or any commercial
considerations we had, from anyone.
We sincerely hope that this clarification will refrain
Mr Khan and others from leveling baseless allegations
against MKRF, Jang and GEO, so that true synergies between
institutes can be found in Pakistan and our combined energies
are dedicated to the progress and development of Pakistan
and its people, by addressing the real issues and finding
practical and pragmatic solutions, instead of merry-go
round of allegations and clarifications.
Yes this was in the Media Commission report but was
not part of the main report but as part of minutes of
PEMRA, which GEO had been suing because of its partiality.
In fact Supreme Court had asked the government to confirm
these allegations and after receiving a response asked
the Chairman PEMRA to prove these allegations after which
chairman PEMRA denied the charges and also apologized
in writing. It is interesting to note that all these allegations
have also been raised in the past and categorically denied
with evidence and a clarification. Aman Ki Asha has been
praised by Imran Khan in the Parliament. Regarding Indian
funding, why would RAW want Pakistan to want peace with
India? Jang Group would also like to put on record that
Aman Ki Asha and Zara Sochiye (education effort) was started
after consultation and feedback of senior most members
of the Armed Forces. Aman Ki Asha is an independent project
conceived by Jang Group to promote peace with India while
respecting our core interests.
Zara Sochieye education campaign has been declared openly
and its sources of funding (majority of which is funded
by Jang Group related companies) have also been shared
and its accounts audited by Price Waterhouse Coopers.
The campaign to promote education reform was appreciated
by all political parties and education related NGOs including
scores of PTI representatives. All editorial control and
project conception was done by MKRF, local NGO affiliated
with founder of Jang Group. Zara Sochieye campaign was
aired on PTV, and four regional channels and 4 radio stations
apart from GEO channels.
Imran Khan seems to be alluding to foreign funding as
an evil. One can ask him if PTI government itself in KP
accepts 100s of millions of dollars’ worth of aid from
US and UK governments. See Link:
Recent polio campaign was also funded from international
sources and PTI itself is funded in part by US, UK, Indian
citizens. Most of these funds are used for good purposes
and have done a lot of social good. Imran Khan also in
previous interview suggested GEO has taken foreign funding
and in return maybe doing campaigning against peace negotiations
with the Taliban and Government of Pakistan. Imran Khan
should note that GEO has done several transmission called
Aman Kay Liye Kardalo where Jang Group and GEO have openly
been supporting negotiation to operation as a policy.
Supreme Court Media Commission member, former federal
information minister and senator “At no point whatsoever
does the commission allege that the Jang/Geo Group has
secretly received funds from overseas or Indian sources.
Nor does it record a suspicion that this group or any
other group is anti-Pakistan or disloyal to the country.
From long interaction with both its owners and its team
for about 45 years, one is convinced that they are as
committed to the security and well-being of our country
as anyone else, civil or military.”
Imran Khan also alleged that the group
aired Voice of America from a fund for supporting democracy.
GEO did air Voice of America’s program, under a contract,
from 2006 to 2010. GEO had already shared the details
of arrangement with PEMRA and also have also presented
the details in Sindh High Court in a case GEO had filed
Before broadcast of VOA’s content, GEO always aired
a disclaimer, clearly identifying for GEO’s viewers the
origin of the content and our editorial responsibility.
As per contract with VOA, GEO also had the right not
to broadcast VOA’s program, if we ever felt that the content
was against the laws of Pakistan. Before allowing broadcast
of VOA’s program on GEO, VOA’s program was always previewed
for any sensitive content, by a member of editorial team
GEO had also taken senior most military leadership,
including General Musharraf and the then DG ISI General
Pasha, in confidence, on continuing to broadcast VOA’s
program, and they had raised no objections.
Other than GEO, many other media groups in Pakistan,
including Express and AAJ and PTV also broadcasted VOA’s
program or have collaborated with VOA. Why have Mr Khan,
once again either conveniently or perhaps conspiratorially,
never mentioned any other media Group’s name, who are
still continuing their association with VOA and BBC, while
GEO had last aired VOA’s program in 2010.
Also for record’s sake, we would like to clarify that
profitability for GEO, from VOA’s program broadcast, was
less than what GEO could have easily earned through a
It should be noted that GEO has aired (Fahrenheit 9/11,
bush’s Brain, Loose Change, Cartoons about Bush, Obama,
and frequently makes fun of American presidents and leadership
in Hum Sub Umeed Se Hein. At the same time it has also
educated viewers about the strengths of the US democratic
traditions by covering the US elections, dubbing in Urdu
the presidential debates and confirmation hearings. This
is in line with our policy of learning from best practices.
Geo has been critical of the drone attacks, questioned
US policies in Iraq and Afghanistan and exposed excesses
like those taking place in Guantanamo and Abu Gharaib.
In Khuda Ke Liye, released by GEO Films, American torture
techniques and atrocities were openly shown and debated
in a dramatic fashion. Late Ambassador Holbrooke, who
was known for his abrasive side, in his stiff unemotional
tone scolded the GEO reporter once on his trip to Pakistan.
After telling the reporters how much USA is doing for
Pakistan, Holbrooke looked towards GEO reporter and said:
“US has given half of the support pledged by (the
world). Please make sure that GEO reports that! GEO has
reported a lot of anti-US stuff. Now you should tell the
truth to the people of Pakistan that US is on your side”.
In Wikileaks it was revealed that US Embassy has written
a cable to Washington saying GEO is working against the
interests of the USA. It complained that Hamid Mir had
done a programme exposing that Blackwater was in Islamabad
among other things. See Link:
We would like to ask Imran Khan why he doesn’t ask owners
of a channel that airs in India, which earns a lot of
money. It is pertinent to mention that when no Pakistani
TV channel is allowed to be aired in India, then how come
that particular group manages to run its transmissions
there. The particular TV channel and its anchorperson
also tried to label us traitors by terming a genuine investigative
story on Ajmal Kasab as propaganda. We stand by our story
and believe that the truth, no matter how bitter, is more
patriotic than a lie, no matter how sweet.
Another competitor who was in smoking business makes
most of its money from business partnerships, which are
with American and Indian companies. Similarly they have
an agreement with an American media outlet, whereby they
provide a foreign newspaper, which is owned by Jews, with
their own local newspaper. Will Khan ask why Shireen Mazari
will never ask them any questions? Will she tell Khan
that three mainstream news channels bureaus in Washington
DC are paid by US State Department funds and GEO News
is the only one that funds its own bureau in Washington
DC, NY and London. We would like to clarify here that
we are not against any such business partnerships as long
as they are legal and transparent but are mentioning this
only to underline double standards. We request our viewers
and readers to ask why is that you will not see a single
conspiracy theory about these other media groups in social
media but only bashing of one media group? What has GEO
and Jang Group been doing that it gets punished for? Zara
Lastly and sadly we had approached Imran Khan through
Asad Umar and Jehangir Tareen in writing to please arrange
a meeting with Imran Khan. After this couldn’t be done
and Khan was still attacking GEO we gave the following
offer on 20th February 2014:
“Kindly please form a committee that will investigate
the accusations against us, please give it a 30 days deadline,
and let the committee review all the contents and they
can ask us any questions or hear our point of view as
well and then if it feels we are guiltily we will give
you an hour of our prime in which PTI can make its findings
shard with our audiences.
Our request would be that that committee contains only
neutral people and not people have a known biased against
us.You need to know that these allegations are serious
and personal for us.”
But instead of confronting us with questions and evidence
Shireen Mazari has convinced Imran Khan to attack us through
press conferences and certain sections of the media with
There is allegation by Imran Khan that
Jang Group is trying to blackmail Imran Khan. We are not
sure what he is talking about but he has claimed that
there is some fake and malicious scandal that Jang Group
is behind. After doing some research we have come to know
that Imran Khan Sb is talking about the following tweet
by Umar Cheema, who is a team member of The News, which
is sister publication of Jang Group. Umar Cheema has a
history of independent tweeting in fact against the Group
several times. Also please note the tweet he has written:
Umar Cheema Tweeted on 29th April:
pregnancy of 21 year old causing sleepiness rights to
a leader. his political future in her hands. the most
powerful lady at the moment .
Please note no name was mentioned of Imran khan or PTI
Also this tweet wasn't the first one in on this topic.
On 26th march Murtaza Solangi affiliated with the PPP
Murtaza Solangi @murtazasolangi tweeted on March
Islamabad is rife with an explosive rumour about a top
politician becoming father again, out of wedlock.
Imran Khan also has made allegation that
Jang Group and Geo Network are responsible for calling
Imran Khan Taliban Khan. This again is not true. The only
program that has used this as reference is Najam Sehti,
and that too in 2013 and Najam said that people are calling
him this. And Najam wasn’t the first one to have said
this on TV. Following is a list when it first appeared
- Anusha Rahman PML-N Saying Taliban Khan Imran Khan
media talk in front of national Assembly of Pakistan
- Najam Sethi in AKB 04-02-2013 saying Imran Khan Taliban
- Shaukat Basra called Imran Khan TALIBAN KHAN - News
Beat SAMA Program dated 30-12-201
- Rana Sanaullah(Law Minister of Punjab ) Imran Khan
allegations on GEO and Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry -
Taliban Khan - Dhandhli Khan - FAISALABAD - 05-05-2014
Plus the first time it appeared on social media was
even before that.
The term “Taliban Khan” was earliest used on Internet
for Imran Khan was found via Google on 19 October, 2008
by the website lubpak.com (formerly known as CriticalPPP.com
– website maintained by critical supporters of PPP). This
website has also written a large number of blogs and articles
against Geo/Jang Group.
Let us build Pakistan:
Regarding the allegation that Jang Group
is anti-peace talks, the facts need to be put straight before
Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Chief. Jang Group, right after the
All Parties’ Conference on terrorism, ran campaigns for the
success of peace talks. The promos were run on Geo TV under
the banner of “Aman k liye ker dalo” (do it for peace). We
have in fact done more special transmission for peace on the
western border under the banner of Aman Ke Lieye Kardalo,
Jeenay do Peshawar Ko, than we have for Aman Ki Asha. In these
transmissions we invited political representatives from all
parties and in fact first time political consensus was established
between all major parties regarding dialogue and peace process
with the Taliban. Its results were also published in a half
page ad in group publications the next day.
- Special Transmission of Aman Ke Liye Kar Dalo
Transmission On Geo News (( 6th... by zingatv1
- Link of Promo of Aman ke Liye Kar Dalo
- Press Ads of Aman ke Liye Kar Dalo
In January this year, senior members of Jang Group met
the Prime Minister and assured him of support of the group
to bring peace in Pakistan through dialogue. The senior
management of Jang Group also met two top religious scholars
including Justice Mufti Taqi Usmani. One of the two religious
scholars who has great influence among Taliban requested
not to be named. These religious scholars were approached
to convey message to the Taliban regarding seriousness of
the peace talks. Senior members of Jang Group also met the
Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR)
General Asim Bajwa to assure Pakistan Army of the support
from Jang Group in bringing peace to the country. These
meetings were part of the policy of the Jang Group to support
dialogue with the militants which was reflected in the news
and editorial content of the group but for the reasons best
known to Imran Khan, he wants to remain oblivious to these
In February this year, a meeting of top editorial management
of Jang Group was held in Dubai and after detailed discussion
it agreed with consensus that the group shall continue to
support the peace process. Jang Group’s newspapers contained
editorials in which the support for dialogue process was
expressed loud and clear but Imran only wants to adhere
to what an independent analyst Najam Sethi opines which
is never the editorial policy of the Jang Group. Importantly, Jang Group has the most vocal and influential journalists who have been supporting the peace talks which invited the wrath of rival media groups as well. The likes of Hamid Mir, Ansar Abbasi, Saleem Safi, Irfan Siddiqui and Rahimullah Yousafzai are a few to be named here.
Taliban's Ulema Committee Coordinator, Maulana Yousuf Shah and committee member Professor Muhammad Ibrahim as well as Government’s Muzakarat Committee members Irfan Siddiqui and Rahimullah Yousafzai have commended GEO and Jang Group for playing the most positive role in promoting peace talks. Sir, we have actually aired more campaigns, transmissions and programs for peace talks with Taliban/Afghanistan than Aman Ki Asha in last 2 years. No other media group has taken such an open stand on peace talks.
Our columnists and anchors have also been loudly supporting the peace process not only on Geo and in their columns in Jang/The News but also on other television channels as well.
Please read the following columns published in our newspapers:
You also told millions of our viewers and your voters that Jang Group and Geo Television Network get funding from VOA/British government topromote war on terror.
We want to tell you that all Foreign Funded Direct or Indirect/MKRF/VOA/DFID projects make up half a per cent (0.52%) of the Group's revenue. Since the foundation of GEO, in 2002, till now, the entire Group’s revenue can be audited by any international reputable auditor of your choice to verify this. All funds were taken as per law; all projects editorial control/censor was with us. Zara Sochieye Education campaign included your senior PTI member as Board Advisor and before launching the project we had informed the senior most people in the Armed Forces and the Government to make sure there is no objection. The same no-objection was soughtfrom senior most Armed Forces representatives regarding VOA, which incidentally was also aired by Express, Dunya, AAJ TV and PTV. For all these projects taxes were paid, and all rules and laws were followed.
Importantly, Jang Group has the most vocal and influential
journalists who have been supporting the peace talks which
invited the wrath of rival media groups as well. The likes
of Hamid Mir, Ansar Abbasi, Saleem Safi, Irfan Siddiqui
and Rahimullah Yousafzai are a few to be named here. Irfan
Siddiqui and Rahimullah Yousafzai were also members of the
peace committee announced by the Prime Minister. They can
be asked how supportive the Jang Group is towards the peace
process. We have also openly done campaigns for the peace
process. No other media group has taken such an open stand
on peace talks. Our columnists and anchors have also been
loudly supporting the peace process not only on Geo and
in their columns in Jang/The News but also on other television
channels as well.
Whenever an application is submitted
to any government officer or to a regulator, it is decided
on the basis of the PREVAILING laws.
If the decision of such governmentofficer or regulator
is challenged in court, the courts always conduct judicial
review of the challenged decision on the basis of law
prevailing on the daywhen the government official or the
regulator took the said decision.
The upper limit of 4 licenses that can be held by one
media group was imposed for the first time in Pakistan
through PEMRA Rules 2009. Until 2009, the prevailing Rules
were those of 2002, which did not place any upper limit
on the broadcasting licenses that can be held by one media
In 2007, Jang/Geo Group, while already holding 4 licenses
submitted applications for several new licenses including
that of Geo Super. All the applications of Jang Group
were declined. The application for Geo Super license was
declined for the reason that Ministry of Interior had
refused security clearance. Jang Group challenged refusal
of PEMRA before Honourable Sindh High Court.
It was therefore, far before promulgation of PEMRA Rules
2009 (in which the upper limit of 4 licenses was imposed
for the first time) that Jang Group had submitted an application
for Geo Super, PEMRA had declined it and Jang Group had
challenged that decision in Sindh High Court.
It was thus that when Divisional Bench of Honourable
Sindh High Court heard petition for Geo Super license,
the Honourable Court refused to retrospectively apply
PEMRA Rules 2009 and judicially reviewed and set aside
PEMRA’s refusal on the basis of PEMRA Rules 2002,
as these were the rules that were prevailing laws.
When giving relief, Honourable Sindh High Court once
again referred Geo Super’s application to PEMRA
to be decided on the basis of Rules 2002. It was thus
that Jang Group filed an appeal in Honourable Supreme
Court of Pakistan to challenge the Honourable Sindh HighCourt’s
judgment only to the extent of referring Geo Super’s
application once again to PEMRA.
In the Honourable Supreme Court, Jang Group’s appeal
was heard by three members bench headed by Honourable
Chief Justice of Pakistan. The Honourable Bench commented
that the Honourable Sindh High Court, which had set aside
PEMRA’s refusal on the ground of security clearance,
had already decided the matter. The Honourable Bench asked
Chairman PEMRA and PEMRA’s counsel whether PEMRA,
under PEMRA Ordinance 2002, is required to take decision
on every application within 100 days, the answer was yes.
Then the Honourable Bench proceeded to ask that upon receipt
of application for Geo Super license, after processing
the application for oneyear, PEMRA came up with only one
ground for refusal and when that ground had now been set
aside by Honourable Sindh High Court, on what ground can
PEMRAdelay or avoid issuing Geo Super’s l
There could be another potential reason Chairman Chaudhry
Rashid was fired.
Below is the letter that Chaudhry Rashid wrote to
Sultan Lakhani, owner of Express Media Group saying
he gave him death threat because he was not allowing
Sultan Lakhani cable licenses. But since then we have
heard people have made amends.
Mubashir Luqman alleged that geo committed
Blasphemy in its Morning Show hosted by Dr. Shaista
On Wednesday, 14th May 2014, Uttho Jaggo Pakistan
morning show of Geo Entertainment aired a qawwali during
a shadi segment celebrating a newly wed couple. The
choice of the qawwali and the way it aired was highly
inappropriate and unacceptable, hurting the feelings
of our viewers and the believers. Dr Shahista Lodhi
personally came on air throughout the day the following
day and publicly apologized to viewers and to Allah.
Prominent anchor Dr Aamir Liaquat and Vice president
of Geo Network has also apologized on behalf of the
Geo Network. Both the apology aired throughout the day
on GEO News.
The management had stopped the repeat of the said
program the same day and the senior program content
and production team has also been suspended for an indefinite
period and an internal inquiry has been initiated. The
names of the suspended personal are not being mentioned
due to security threats.
Allama Razi Jaffar, Mulana Kokab Noorani and Mufti
Naeem amongst other ulema gave their views on GEO NEWS
criticizing the morning show program for hurting the
sentiments of Muslims across Pakistan. However they
also pointed out that in such sensitive cases no further
action is required if the concerned people have publicly
apologized and begged for forgiveness to Almighty Allah.
The same sentiments were expressed by Allama Nasir Abbas
Taqvi, Allama Shabir Maismi and Allama Tahir Ashrafi.
Appreciates immediate Apology-17 May 2014 by
on Geo apology over Morning Show-16 May 2014 by
Dr Aamir pointed out Mubashir Luqman's channel ARY
itself has aired the same very Qawwali in the same manner
and the internet has evidence of at least four separate
occasions videos available.
Same Qawwali on a morning show wedding on ARY Digital
ki Aik Aur Gustakhana Video by UNewsTv
Same Qawwali aired again on a morning show wedding
on ARY Digital
Ne Bhi Hazrat Ali Aur Hazrat Fatema Ki Shan... by
Same Qawwali on a morning show wedding on ARY
Morning show Blasphemy Act even Before Geo... by
Same Qawwali by Samaa in Morning Show
TV - Ali kay saath hai zahra ki shadi by muqadasv
Dr. Aamir requested those people to also apologize
and never repeat such a mistake and learn from GEO.
Dr Aamir requested other channels not to repeat the
video as that is not only in bad taste but also hurting
the sentiments of the believers even more as it's not
by mistake but on purpose. In fact these channels have
also failed to show the apology that was aired. Some
people are continuously airing the said objectionable
video and encouraging people to become violent against
the host of the program and the channel. This is not
Details of some channels who repeatedly showed the
controversial video in first 48 hours of the incident:
Details of some channels who repeatedly showed the
controversial video in first 48 hours of the incident:
ARY News Showing Clip 62 times
ARY News Clip duration 63 mins 15 secs
ABTAK Aired Clip 15 times
ABTAK Total Clip Duration 26 mins 10 secs
Dunya Aired Clip 02 times
Dunya Total Clip Duration 02 mins 40 secs
Express Aired Clip 02 times
Express Total Clip Duration 42 secs