Pakistan’s largest media conglomerate, the Jang Group, which has publications like Daily Jang and Daily The News as well as GEO TV under its umbrella, has been running a façade of a campaign by the name of “Aman kee Asha” as a Joint Venture with the Times of India for the last two and half years. The campaign coming from Jang Group shows high standards of hypocrisy and misleading public from the media group which has nothing to do with promotion of peace! The anchor publication named “Jang” which has a literal meaning of “Daily War”, how can they be promoters of peace?
Under the Aman kee Asha, a two day conference by the name of “Dividends” is being organized in Lahore on May 7 and 8, 2012, where the honorable Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousaf Raza Gilani is slated to inaugurate the event! Now the question is, why the War Group wants the “Mujrim Wazir-e-Azam” who, as per them, has been floundering the judgments of the “azad aur muazziz adliya” of Pakistan been invited to inaugurate the event? That is a question for the War Group and its proponents to answer. The Jang Group in all its programs uses the term “Mujrim Wazir-e-Azam” for the last 9 days or so.
As far as we the supporters of the PPP and followers of democratic dispensation are concerned, hereby request the honorable and most importantly the elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, having a command of a large majority of the parliament, to shun this façade of an event which is nothing but a forum to promote the business interests of the hawkish, right wing and anti-PPP media group. No matter how much you pamper them, how much you support their “genuine” efforts, the PPP haters will remain PPP haters. After you inaugurate and leave the event, it will become a platform for the likes of Shahbaz Sharif and Imran Khan, who will use the opportunity to lambast the Prime Minister, the PPP and the government and cite “Krupshion” and “Bad Gavernunce” as the reasons for all the ills of Pakistan. The Indians will have a field day in making fun of our country when they see such opposite responses in the country.
Mr. Prime Minister, this is the same group whose senior editor, Ansar Abbasi justifies the violent acts of extremists. Please see that this is merely a token and cosmetic gesture that will use your presence to gain importance while simultaneously giving your right-wing, Pro-Taliban opponents to bash you politically.
Prime Minister Sahab, you are very dear to us and we cant see you being humiliated by people like Kamran Khan, Ansar Abbasi, Hamid Mir, Mohamed Mallick, Shaheen Sehbai day-in and day-out, and then we see you giving them a badge for creating peace between India and Pakistan.
The PPP has to come out of its old policy of appeasing the foe. The foe will always be a foe. Concentrate on your own, who have no place else to go. Those who cannot respect you and the office of a democratically elected Prime Minister who still enjoys majority support in an elected Parliament; how can you support them?
Gilani to open two-day Pak-India moot in Lahore
The News, May 5, 2012
KARACHI: Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani will inaugurate a two-day economic conference, “Dividends”, being organised in Lahore on May 7-8, 2012, under the auspices of Aman Ki Asha, a joint initiative of the Jang Group of Pakistan and the Times of India newspaper.
Others who will speak at different sessions of the conference include Pakistan Muslim League-N leader and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, renowned industrialists from both countries like MCB Chairman Mian Muhammad Mansha, Descon Chairman Abdul Razak Dawood, financial experts and traders’ representatives, etc.
The moot will have a total eight sessions, including opening and concluding, to be addressed by Pakistan’s former ambassador to the USA Dr Maliha Lodhi, Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal, Pakistan’s High Commissioner Shahid Malik, State Bank of Pakistan former governor and IBA Director Dr Ishrat Hussain and Secretary Trade Zafar Mahmood. Other speakers will be Gul Ahmed Group Chairman Bashir Ali Mohammad, Packages Group founder owner Syed Babar Ali, Amin Hashwani, IBM Country General Manager Humayun Bashir, Nishat Zia Power Chairman Shahzad Salim, Dr Shaheena Nishtar, Karachi Stock Exchange Chairman Munir Kamal, KASB Bank President Dr Zakir Mahmood, JS Group VC Ali Raza Siddiqui and others.
The Indian delegation will be headed by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) President and Chairman of Godrej Group Adi Godrej. Other members of the delegation are CII Vice President Ajay S Shriram, CII Director General Chandarajit Banerjee, Bajaj Auto Chairman Rahul Bajaj, Hero Corporate Services Chairman Sunil Kant Munjal, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Bharti Enterprises Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Blue Star Executive Vice Chairman Shri Sunil M Advani, founder and chairman of Carnation Auto Jagdish Khattar, Managing Director and CEO of Country Strategy Business Consultants Dr Sudhir Kapur, Chief Executive Officer Ennore Coke Sir Ganesh Natarajan, Liberty Shoes Chief Executive Adesh Gupta, RJ Corporation Chairman Ravi Kant Jaipuria, Shell Companies Chairman Vikram Singh Mehta, Nasscom Chairman Harsh Manglik, CII Deputy Director General Virandra Gupta, and CII Director South.