Supreme Court rejects request by Raza Rumi and Saleh Zaafir to remove their names from secret funds list

Supreme Court rejects request by Raza Rumi and Saleh Zaafir to remove their names from secret funds list


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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday (25 April 2013) rejected a request from Raza Rumi and certain other journalists for removal of secret funds list from its website. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, resumed hearing of identical petitions filed by two journalists for the constitution of a media commission. A large number of senior anchor-persons and journalists were present in the court.

It may be noted that Raza Rumi is a blogger at Najam Sethi’s TFT blog and also owns PTH blog. He is the current director of Sherry Rehman’s Jinnah Institute which is alleged to be financed by the ISI via Tameer Bank.

Justice Jawwad Khwajaa observed that it was the demand of the media to issue that list and now if they were publishing it with a different angle, we cannot dictate them. He further observed that another list was about to come.

Senior journalist Hamid Mir said money had also been taken from the Special Publicity Funds and some other funds. Justice Jawwad said they would welcome everyone who came forward.

Salman Akram Raja submitted that his client (Raza Ahmad alias Raza Rumi) was a renowned journalist and his name was wrongly added to the first list. A senior anchor stated that the label on this list was more damaging to the people.

Justice Jawwad observed that nothing should be kept secret, as it was the public exchequer and every fund should be auditable. The AG submitted that legally these funds were not auditable. The court asked him to produce the audit report on the next date of hearing and adjourned the case till May 2.


The bench refused requests to remove the list while routine expenditure was made separately available in a list marked promotional expenses or otherwise and not secret fund. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain made it clear that they did not observe that the journalists, whose names were mentioned in the list, had done anything wrong. He said the names in ‘List-A’ were not secret funds at all, but ‘Special Publicity Funds.’ Regarding the list ‘B’ in respect of items on which privilege/secrecy is being claimed by the Ministry of Information, and which has been filed before the bench, Justice Khilji revealed that no name of any journalist was mentioned in the list B. It is to be noted that the list ‘B’ is meant to contain 174 items on which a sum of Rs 8,68,13,633/- has been spent. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja also observed that the court had made the list ‘A’ of special publicity funds public after verifying and certifying that the secretary ministry of information had signed off on it. He said the court’s objective was only that people should be aware of where their money was being used. The court granted three weeks to Auditor General for Pakistan for auditing the Special Publicity Funds, which have been colloquially labelled as secret funds. AGP Irfan Qadir told the bench that he was asked by the information ministry to defend it by claiming privilege on the list ‘B’. The hearing of the case was adjourned until May 2.

Millions paid from secret fund but billions not revealed – by Usman Manzoor

Source: The News, April 23, 2013 (Reporter: Usman Manzoor)

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has released the list of journalists, media houses and the staff of the ministry of information who benefited from the secret fund of the information ministry. The secret fund runs into billions but the Supreme Court has only been told about the details of Rs177.98 million of which a major chunk has been paid to the Institute of Regional Studies. Questions are being raised where those billions were spent and why the details of the entire fund have not been released. The initial reaction in the media circles was one of extreme displeasure as the lists were called eyewash and a fraud as no big names were disclosed and over 90 per cent of the funds were kept secret.

The list shows a sorry tale of what our governments do with the national heroes as singer Reshman was paid Rs25,000 only while the so-called journalists who are a black spot on the face of journalism have been paid millions from the secret funds to manipulate the media.

The list includes the names of Raza Rumi, Saleh Zaafir, Ali Ahmad Dihlon and Mr and Mrs Adeeb Jawadani who were facilitated in boarding and lodging in Islamabad Hotel on 06-08-2011.

It is pertinent to mention here that whenever the journalists or analysts are invited to Islamabad or any other city to attend any seminar, convention, programme, workshop etc arranged by any government department/ministry, the budget of such programme is always approved and is never secret. However when any influential journalist has to visit any of these cities for his personal engagements, such money is issued from the secret fund of the information ministry and is shown as boarding/lodging in this list.

Similarly all foreign visits of the prime ministers are approved and total expenses are meted out from the sanctioned budget. However, the journalists who are included in the list of those who would accompany the PM at the last stage, their expenses are meted out from the secret fund of the information ministry.

Taking exception to appearance of his name in the list, Saleh Zaafir said it is not based on truth. He said he would challenge the mentioning of his name in the list in the Supreme Court. He said how he could be paid by the government that did not like him.

Raza Rumi too made similar claims that the list was not based on truth. On Twitter, there were further allegations that Raza Rumi’s recent flights to Burssels and India were not paid through his own pocket.

سپریم کورٹ نے میڈیا کمیشن کی تشکیل کیلئے دائر درخواستوں کی سماعت کے دوران سینئر اینکر اور صحافیوں کی جانب سے سپریم کورٹ کی ویب سائٹ پر خفیہ فنڈ سے متعلق فہرست ہٹانے کی استدعا مسترد کر دی۔ جسٹس جواد ایس خواجہ کی سربراہی میں تین رکنی بنچ نے سماعت کی، عدالت میں پرنٹ اور الیکٹرانک میڈیا سے تعلق رکھنے والے اینکر پرسنز اور صحافیوں کی ایک بڑی تعداد موجود تھی، وزارت اطلاعات کے خفیہ فنڈ سے رقم لینے والے صحافیوں کی فہرست میں نام آنے والے کئی صحافیوں نے عدالت میں درخواستیں دائر کی ہیں سلمان اکرم راجہ نے دلائل دیتے ہوئے کہا کہ عدالت مختصر حکم جاری کرے تاکہ جن لوگوں پر گند اچھالا گیا ہے وہ صاف ہو جائیں، انہوں نے عدالت سے استدعا کی کہ سپریم کورٹ کی ویب سائٹ سے سیکرٹ فنڈ لینے والے صحافیوں کی فہرست ہٹائی جائے جسٹس جواد کا کہنا تھا کہ سب کہتے ہیں کہ فہرست سامنے آنی چاہیے، اب اگر کوئی میڈیا والے اسے دوسرے رنگ میں لے کر شائع کرتا ہے تو ہم اس کو کنٹرول نہیں کر سکتے، جسٹس جواد نے کہا کہ ابھی تو صرف ایک فہرست آئی ہے، جسٹس خلجی عارف نے کہا کہ گھبرانے کی ضرورت نہیں، دوسری فہرست میں کسی بھی شخص کا نام نہیں ہے، ان کا کہنا تھا کہ اگر کوئی بیرون ملک دورے پر گیا ہے تو عدالت نے کہا لکھا ہے کہ ایسا کرنا گناہ ہے۔ وکیل سلمان اکرم راجہ نے کہا کہ ان کے موکل ایک سینئر صحافی ہیں لیکن ان کا نام بھی غلط طور پر اس فہرست میں آگیا ہے جس کے اوپر سیکرٹ فنڈ کا لیبل لگا ہوا ہے، جسٹس جواد نے کہا کہ ہم کہتے ہیں کوئی چیز سیکرٹ نہیں ہونی چاہیے اور ہر فنڈ کا آڈٹ ہونا چاہیے

Source: Shafaqna

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11 responses to “Supreme Court rejects request by Raza Rumi and Saleh Zaafir to remove their names from secret funds list”

  1. Both Saleh Zaafir and Raza Rumi are poor journalists. They work in poor organizations. Neither they nor their organizations could pay bills of their flights and hotel accommodation.

    This blog is run by RAW, CIA and Jews. Shame on LUBP Zionists.

  2. In Pakistan, anti-establishment bloggers reject bullying by a pro-establishment “liberal” editor and his ASWJ touts:

    Raza Rumi is resorting to naked threats against Shia and other anti-establishment bloggers.

    He is providing list of Shia bloggers and there whereabouts to a Deobandi cleric and other ASWJ-ISI touts.

  3. A blogger/editor who currently heads a pro-establishment think tank recently flew to Brussels. Flights/hotel were paid by ‘you know who’!

  4. Ha! They’re all bloody cheering Raza ‘Ahmed’ on as if he was going to go the Court and challenge the list. The coward wants to hide it!

    PS: He even lied about his last name?! What kind of insecure person uses a nom de guerre in place of their last name?!

  5. May 10, 2013

    Pakistani Press Asad Kharal New Weets About Lifafa Journalism

    On Tue, May 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM, drakramofpac wrote:
    Wow, How come they blame Zardari all the time. Shame is rare commodity in Pakistan, lournalists and politicians alike. The should return money to protect honor of their professionalism and profession.

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Smartphone

    ——– Original message ——–
    From: Syed Nazim Kazmi
    Date: 05/07/2013 8:52 AM (GMT-05:00)
    Subject: Pakistani Press Asad Kharal new weets about lifafa journalism

    Since 1986 journalists who had received funds from Nawaz Sharif as CM&FM Punjab still continued this practice

    President Federal Union of Journalists received Rs100,000 vide Cheque No874517 on September 29,1986

    Misbahul Haq ,Chief Reporter PPI received Rs20,000 vide Cheque No874520 on October 5,1986

    Athar Masood ,Daily Jang received Rs2.23,800 vide cheque No893601 on March 4,1987

    President Press Club Gujrat received Rs50,000 vide Cheque No 899509 on May 24,1987

    Fazalur Rehman Naeem , journalist received Rs10,000 vide Cheque No899589 on May 5,1987

    Manzoor Ahmad Rehmat , Editor weekly Madina Bahawalpur received Rs15,000 , while A R Gilani (Jang) Rs15,0000

    Shahid Ferozpuri recvd Rs20,000 vide Cheque No910710 on June 13,1987

    Javeed Nazeer ,Chief Reporter ,The News recvd Rs75,000,while Tariq Warsi ,Editor Nawa-i-Waqt recvd Rs1,25,000

    Saadat Fayyaz , Reporter Mashriq recvd Rs100,000 ,while Shujaur Rehman ,Editor Halal-e-Ahmar recvd Rs15,000

    Ziaul Islam Ansari , Chief editor Mashriq recvd Rs100,000vide chque No922968 on September 26,1987

    Iftikhar Ahmad , Staff Reporter Daily Jang recvd Rs150,000 vide cheque No946969 on October 5,1987

    Mirza Naeem Akhtar Journalist Bahawalpur recvd Rs10,000,while Nazeer Haq Deputy Editor Mashriq rcvd Rs50,000

    Waqar Anbalwi Rs30,000,Athar Masood Deputy Editor jang Rs30,000,Ziaul Islam Ansari Chief Editor Mashriq 50,000

    :Rana Muhammad Siddique Attok10,000, Sardar Majaz Editor Monthly Rodad 30,000,Syed Mumaz Gilani NawaiWaqt 25,000

    Athar Masood Jang Rs25,000,Nazeer Naji columinist Nawa i Waqt rcvd Rs40,000 vide cheque No014185 on July 20,88

    Munir Syed Nawai Waqt Rs50,000.Rafiq Ahmad Shad freelancer Rs20,000, S A Munawar journalist rcvd Rs100,000s40,000 vide cheque No014185 on July 20,88

    Munir Syed Nawai Waqt Rs50,000.Rafiq Ahmad Shad freelancer Rs20,000, S A Munawar journalist rcvd Rs100,000

    Mr Rohani Editor Daily Sang-e-Meel MultanRs100,000, Pervaiz Bashir Jang 20,000,Saif Qadri Sub Editor Rs20,000

    QmarunNisa Multan Rs20,000,Surya Riaz w/o Riaz Malik 50,000,Javed Nisar 30,000 c/o Sec Information Punjab

    Rana Tahir Jang Rs20,000`, Javed Nazir ,Sec Information and Culture rcvd 25,000 cheque No068853 on August 3,89

    Rs3.5 million distributed among journalists in1997 . Abdul Qadir Hasan80,000,Zahida Hina50,000chequeNo09931427 on 20,3,97

    Saleh Zafar News/Jang 20,000 Cheque No672951 on Feb 15,97, Shehzad Saleem Sadaqat Rs10,000, Rehana Chughtai Rs20,000

    S A Raza photographer Jang100000,Sharif Farooq Editor Jehad Peshawar300000,Mirza Imtiaz20000,Abid Shah Daily Report15000

    Ali Nawaz Dahri Daily Barsaat Rs50000,Saujd Sahir Ummat Rs100,000, Younas Mirza Jang Rs50,000, Atiq Butt Sadaqat 100,000

    Then Chairman PTV Pervez Rasheed distributed Rs1.7m among journalists during Nawaz Sharif regime after Kargil incident

    During this period Rs100 million give to an owner of newspaper ,while a newspaper had gifted another blue eyed journalist

    Rs5m also distributed among journalists during Nawaz second regime,while give plots ,permits&contracts to 18 journalists