Jang Group’s (apparently) senior correspondent Muhammad Saleh Zaafir has been seen in recent times as a staunch antagonist of the PPP government. His reporting has a way of supporting (right wing) elements who have some sort of grudge against the government.
His reporting credentials are not enviable either. His parliament diary, that usually appears on page 4 of daily Jang while the parliament is in session, is more of an analysis you would find in any social diary covering an event than that of parliament.
I have seen him to be part of the executive entourage on foreign trips forever. Whether he likes a government or not, yet he enjoys the foreign trips that come his way.
He is currently with the Prime Minister to attend the SAARC summit in Thimpu, Bhutan. On way to Bhutan, the entourage has stopped in Kathmandu, Nepal. In his “Maktoob-e-Kathmandu” that appeared in April 27’s Jang, the headline is “Nepal mayn bhee bijli aati jaati rahee, kaheen hungama nazar nahee aaya”. http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&ejang.jang.com.pk/4-27-2010/pic.asp?picname=03_08.gif. Mr. Zaafir will be surprised that electricity load shedding or power outages are a common sight in the developing world. What these developing countries don’t have is an extremely intrusive and micro analyzing media who flame an issue to unbelievable limits which in the long run affect your own country.
The “Maktoob-e-Kathmandu” also talks about the way Nepalese admire the way Pakistan has been able to come up with the constitutional amendments with unanimous consent. Without doubt our 18th Amendment should be looked at in the most positive light that adversaries all collaborated together to come up with an amicable solution, which was last seen 37 years ago.
Might I suggest that Saleh Zaafir and his likes be taken to the developing world more frequently, for them to appreciate that good things too happen in Pakistan and realize that all is not bad in our homeland.