One of my favorite activities in the morning is to read Jang. Not because I am fond of its quality but because it is something I have done all my life.
It is also ironic that the people who have a specific agenda against the government are right now associated with Jang. Be it Ansar Abbasi, Shaheen Sehbai, Tariq Butt, Saleh Zafir on the newspaper(s) or Kamran Khan, Hamid Mir or Shahid Masood on Geo, their writings and transcripts of programs make up easily more than 20% of the headlines. Shahid Masood has been vociferously trying brew storms in a teacup for the last 2 years on his program “Meray Mutabiq”. I honestly don’t feel like watching the program but get to read the report that appears in Jang.
In today’s report which can be seen on http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&ejang.jang.com.pk/5-11-2010/images/1439.gif, I am dumbfound to see quality of the program sinking to new lows and Jang’s policy of publishing the same mirrors the overall downfall of the newspaper.
This program was again focused on the political changes in the country which basically means when Asif Zardari is leaving the presidency and the PPP government is seen packing its bags. However, instead of the usual doomsayers like Ansar Abbasi, Shaheen Sehbai, Tariq Butt, Saleh Zafir, this time Shahid Masood relied upon astrologers, tarot card readers and palmists to give dates for the government to go home. Important findings of the program are:
- Asif Zardari is likely to be “Stable” in the next three months but his time ends in November 2010 – My god, yet another deadline!
- Prime Minister doesn’t seem like passing “May, June, July”
- After three months, Imran Khan will come in a strong position
- After October-November, ANP’s downfall begins
- In August-September, there will be another attack on the judiciary
- Sharif Brothers on way down
It is unbelievable to read about the content of this program. Next I can see Shahid Masood doing a program on matrimony! Keep watching.
An advice to Zardari haters: Try voodoo magic – By Aftab Iqbal, 7 October 2008