Nasim Zehra’s resignation, a proper class act

Related posts: LUBP archive on Nasim Zehra

June 14, 2012: The upheaval at Dunya TV continued Thursday as Nasim Zehra, the channel’s Director Current Affairs resigned over a leaked video of behind the scene conversations of a special program aired Wednesday. The program Dunya Special featured an interview with property tycoon Malik Riaz and was co-hosted by Mubashar Lucqman and Meher Bukhari.Once the video of those conversations went up, first on YouTube and then on other social media, the management quickly sacked Lucqman. The news of Zehra’s resignation, who hosted the program Policy Matters, then filtered in later in the evening. An insider said she quit because of the video which had dealt a terrible blow to the channel.


I congratulate Nasim Zehra

Naseem Zehra Decision to resign, if true, will prove a revolutionary step for accountability of electronic Media, corrupt Owners as well as corrupt Anchors. Pakistan Media will come out clean from this phase like Judiciary after the Long March. I congratulate Naseem Zehra.

Syed Adil Gilani (Transparency International Pakistan)

(Who is Adil Gilani?

Applause on Twitter

beena sarwar ‏@beenasarwar
With @NasimZehra’s resignation, DunyaTV has lost the most credible voice they had.

Maham Ali ‏@Mahamali05
Nasim Zehra quits over leaked video: Duniya TV has lost a credible journalist

beena sarwar ‏@beenasarwar
Chaos at DunyaTV as @NasimZehra resigns? MeherBokhari asked to leave; 19 journos list ‘fake’ #dunyagatev @AliAbbasTaj

Farheen Rizvi ‏@FarriRizvi
@beenasarwar dont worry after few days people wont C Duniya channel on air but @NasimZehra will b on some good channel coz f her credibility

Mosharraf Zaidi ‏@mosharrafzaidi
the extraordinary @NasimZehra – a proper class act #FF

ejaz haider ‏@ejazhaider
@NasimZehra has resigned/know as i do her, she wud’ve. downside is that with her gone we r left with more charlatans in a medium gone bad

beena sarwar ‏@beenasarwar
Agree. RT @Tariq_Bashir: @beenasarwar And @NasimZehra was perhaps the only credible and balanced voice at Dunya TV too!

Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed
Yes! RT @mosharrafzaidi: the extraordinary @NasimZehra – a proper class act #FF

Babar Sattar ‏@Babar_Sattar
RT @omar_quraishi Hats off to Nasim Zehra. The lady with integrity resigned from the post of Director Current Affairs Dunya TV

Tahir Imran Mian ‏@TahirImran
Very dignified action by @NasimZehra on resigning & it is a great loss for Pakistani media & but at the same time a right & just step.

Omar Waraich ‏@OmarWaraich
All of @dunyanetwork’s original anchors have now left: @nasimzehra @najamsethi @javeednusrat @mushtaqminhas @MoeedPirzada @asma_chaudhry

Farrukh Khan Pitafi ‏@FarrukhKPitafi
@inBreak @mughalbha an excellent example is @NasimZehra who took moral stand on the issue. Did u salute her? I do.

Sadia Agha PTI ‏@sadiaagha
Hats off to Nasim Zehra. The lady with integrity resigned from the post of Director Current Affairs Dunya TV

salman ahmad ‏@sufisal
Kudos to @NasimZehra for showing the true integrity of a journalist & removing herself from the bandar tamasha of 3 idiots.

Ali Dayan Hasan ‏@AliDayan
. @cpyala But a broader question: If everyone of any quality (such as Nasim Zehra) cedes TV space, does that not leave field open to scum!

Huma Yusuf ‏@humayusuf
Kudos to @nasimzehra for leaving #Dunya. Some face-saving required for industry at large

Mohsin Hijazee ‏@MohsinHijazee
Resignation of Nasim Zehra has been much appreciated on social media. Tweet about her got 50+ RTs since then.

sherryrehman ‏@sherryrehman
@NasimZehra u should continue doing ur programs and hold the moral centre in those if u can. All sane voices shouldn’t be snuffed out.

Ammar Yasir [RONIN] ‏@ammaryasir
Indeed >> RT @mosharrafzaidi the extraordinary @NasimZehra – a proper class act #FF

Critical comments:

Nasim Zehra, former leader of Imran Khan’s PTI, current member of Beena Sarwar’s Citizens for Democracy (an urban pseduo-liberal project to bash democratic government for the ills created by Pakistan army and proxies), a current affiliate of the ISI-sponsored think tank Jinnah Institute, has resigned from the post of Director Current Affairs of Dunya TV in the aftermath of the fiasco of leaked video containing planted interview of Malik Riaz with Mubashir Lucman and Meher Bukhari.

Nasim Zehra was Dunya TV’s Director Current Affairs when Meher Bokhari (who was fired from Samaa TV due to her role in enabling PPP governor Salmaan Taseer’s murder) was hired by Dunyaa TV. If she was a person of principle, she would have resigned at that point to protest the hiring of Meher Bokhari. But she did not utter a single word against Meher’s hiring nor against Dunya TV owners. Instead her guns remained directed against Zardari and the PPP, that how PPP and Zarari had allegedly left Taseer alone thus enabling his murder.

At Dunya TV, she used to host a programme “Policy Matters” comprising the same 80-20 formula (used by Najam Sethi, Mosharraf Zaidi etc) to malign the civilian government by mixing 20% lies in 80% objective analysis.

She tendered her resignation after the leaked video brought to public view what exactly was taking place at Dunya TV right under her nose.

As suggested on Twitter, it seems that self acclaimed proponents of free media exposed in the Bahria Gate list of Malik Riaz’s beneficiaries (right from Najam Sethi to Mubashir Lucman and from Hamid Mir to Meher Bokhari) desperately needed face saving, that’s why Nasim Zehra is being manufactured and imposed as a hero.

Clearly, either Nasim has been fired by Dunya TV owners or hers is a populist move in the aftermath of the Leaked Video fiasco. A forced termination or disgraceful resignation must not be presented as a principled stance

Those appreciating and applauding Naseem Zehra for resigning should explain why didn’t she resign when Mehr Bukhari joined Dunya TV. At that point in time, she was busy along with Beena Sarwar and Sherry Rehman in a vicious and misleading email campaign against PPP leaders on their lack of response on Salmaan Taseer’s killing (remember the PPP left Taseer alone campaign?).

If it’s a principled stance to resign on a leak video, didn’t Nasim Zehra know its a routine affair in #TV channels to plant questions and massage political interviews?

Had Nasim Zehra a conscience, she would have protested against the hiring of Meher Bokhari, the person who enabled Taseer’s murder. Fake heroes, fake promoters! Pakistan’s media and social media is full of intellectually or/and morally compromised.

That the Jinnah Institute (or Sherry Rheman Lobby) is currently manufacturing a fake hero in Nasim Zehar is, per se, a class act. It show a tribal mindset at play in which pseduo-liberal urban elite columnists are promoting each other despite being badly exposed in the recent Media Gate.

Amazingly those who had no problems with Nasim’s silence when Meher joined Dunya TV are now commending her on her disgraceful resignation.


Other reactions on Twitter
Nasim Zehra, who even knows what’s happening in Pentagon, didn’t know what was happening in Dunya until cameras caught Mehr Bukhari. Amazing! Adil Gilani of ISI-sponsored Transparency International appreciates ISI-friendly journo Nasim Zehra. Wah bhai Wah. #FakeHero #FakePromoters. LOL at some folks on Twitter who are promoting Nasim Zehra as a principled journalist. They themselves are “as principled”. Extraordinary @ mosharrafzaidi is praising extraordinary @ NasimZehra – Now this is a proper class act. #FakeHeroes #SherryRehmanLobby. Make a list of those promoting NasimZehra as their hero. Most of them are usual suspects. #FF Sherry Rehman Lobby: Najam Sethi, Raza Rumi, Ejaz Haider, Mosharraf Zaidi, Hamid Mir, Nasim Zehra, Marvi Sirmed, Beena Sarwar etc



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