On the eve of the marking of the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, the US media, instead of opting to hail and admire Pakistan’s role in curbing post 9/11 terror, found it better to defame and deface the image of Pakistan and its security Forces. The majority of US media on 9/11, 2012 was buzzed with highly fabricated and rather outrageous anti-Pakistan and anti-ISI reports and the same nonsense was proudly reproduced by the US dominated Indian media, very blindly.
In one episode, a sensation oriented News Channel the Fox News came with a completely fabricated and clearly dubious interview of an arrested CIA agent Dr. Shakeel Afridi. The self created interview that has not been televised or broadcasted but just posted on News Channel’s website has nothing but to farm charges against ISI for patronizing the terrorists and militants. The interview, which appears to have been conducted at Mars or Jupiter, the focused has been made to prove that ISI very strongly considers Americans as its enemy and the agency’s anti-terror operations are sham and are based on just minting funds from the US. The Fox News claims that the interview was conducted with Dr. Afridi at Peshawar’s central prison and the prison authorities helped them in conducting the said ‘secret’ interview.
In the other episode, the famous US news Channel CNN has come up with a similar exercise in which its reporter claimed of interviewing the Blasphemy charged Christian girl on phone from an unknown location. In the CNN interview, the down syndrome suffering, mentally 7-year old, illiterate girl has answered the questions in English language and expressed that she was having all the fears that she will be killed by some fanatic Muslim. Again the CNN has not revealed as to how it became possible for its local correspondent to have a communication with the said girl while she is being placed under acute security at an unknown location?
The Daily Mail believes that the 2 above mentioned reports by 2 different US Media organizations, one being completely incredible and the other having a fair credibility across the world, prove tow points; one that the US media is at same level of yellow journalism when it comes to defame and deface Pakistan; and the second point it proves is that the US media has decided not to shun yellow journalism to go against Pakistan.
In the Fox News’s trick, it is clear that reaching the CIA’s arrested agent Dr. Shakeel Afridi is not possible for anyone what to talk of conducting a comprehensive media interview with him. There is no doubt in the fact that the convicted traitor is not placed in some ordinary cell of an ordinary prison where he can be accessed by some foreign or local journalist, just by greasing the palms of those who are deputed to guard the high profile traitor. If it is possible for a Fox News journalist to access Dr. Afridi for an interview with the help of those who guarding the convict then it was far more easy for the US government and particularly the CIA to have access to Afridi by paying the guards, much heavily than what a Fox News report could, and to get him freed from Pakistani custody. The Daily Mail believes that this episode was just part of the propaganda campaign to deface the image of ISI and divert the global community as well as the US citizens from the sacrifices and achievements made by Pakistan’s top security agency the ISI to curb and eliminate the global terrorism.
In the CNN’s episode, again the effort has been made to portray as if the Americans are super heroes even in the field of media and that they can reach any one no matter in which secretive and protective custody he or she is being kept by a country. The 2nd attempt made by this dubious interview is to portray that minorities are not safe in Pakistan and even if the government gives immense protection to any minority member, he or she continues to fear for life by the fanatic Muslim as if they are more powerful than the government’s security agencies.
The Daily Mail very strongly believes that such outrageous moves by the US media to deface the image of Pakistan and its security agencies would serve no purpose. Such ridiculous media endeavors would only earn bad name for the US media instead of serving any purpose to fight terrorism. The Daily Mail believes very strongly that the US media should start thinking above conspiracy theories to tarnish the image of Pakistani security agencies who are on record to have contributed far more than the US or any other country’s security Forces in combating the post 9/11 terror. It is time for the US media to shun the baseless and sensational journalism and turn to the substantial journalism, if they really want to see a terror-free world.