How honest and objective is Pakistan’s media? A small comparison of Daily The News and The New York Times

Long March and the role of Pakistan Army. Same story (Long March), same source (General Karamat’s article). Look at the twist in the version offered by Pakistan’s ‘The News’.

The New York Times

Published: March 16, 2009

Pakistan Avoids Pitfall, but Path Ahead Is Unclear

Mr. Sharif, often held in suspicion in Washington because of his leaning toward Islamic conservatives, was more cooperative than had been thought, some United States officials suggested.

In Washington, there was an awareness that Mr. Sharif’s reputation from the Bush administration of being too close to the Islamists might be overdrawn, and that his relationships with some of the Islamic parties and with Saudi Arabia could be useful, said a foreign policy expert familiar with the thinking of the Obama administration on Pakistan.

Mr. Sharif has told people that he got along well with the Obama administration’s special envoy, Richard C. Holbrooke, during their meeting at Mr. Sharif’s farm last month.

He speaks admiringly of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, whom he met with former President Bill Clinton while in exile in Saudi Arabia.

Pakistani analysts, too, said Mr. Sharif could prove to be a useful partner as Washington tried to talk to what it considered reconcilable elements in the Taliban.

“Who from Pakistan can talk to a faction of the Taliban? It’s Nawaz,” said a senior Pakistani politician who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of alienating Mr. Sharif.

But Mr. Sharif has to play a delicate game because if he is seen as doing Washington’s bidding, he will be discredited among much of his constituency, the politician said.

And Mr. Sharif could also turn out to be unwilling to back some of the tough steps that Washington wants.

One encouraging sign for Washington was the role played in the crisis by the army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who let Mr. Zardari know that he could not rely on soldiers to confront the protesters who were threatening to descend on Islamabad to demand the return of Chief Justice Chaudhry.

“The military acted to avert, to correct and to clear the way for full democracy with the center of gravity where it should be — in Parliament and the people,” said Jehangir Karamat, a retired general and former Pakistani ambassador to Washington, in an article for, his Web site.

General Karamat called the new military approach the Kayani Model, after General Kayani, whom General Karamat is close to. During the crisis, the army chief had been “invisible but around, fully informed and acting through well-timed and effective influence in the right quarter,” General Karamat wrote.

The News (Pakistan)

Judges’ restoration is victory of people power: Karamat

Updated at: 1750 PST, Tuesday, March 17, 2009

ISLAMABAD: Former military chief General (retd.) Jehangir Karamat has said that restoration of deposed judges is the victory of people power on the state force.

“Had the government not taken this step, it would have been an end to the democracy, he said.

In an article, Karamat writes that the democracy has become more powerful and it is very clear that the center of power has also shifted to the people.

He said that different types of speculations and models were being discussed in media and elsewhere, including intervention of army, models of Bangladesh and Thailand to end this crisis. However, the role played by army to end the crisis should be called as “Kayani Model”.

The former army chief further said that lawyers, civil society activists and political parties had not sought any help from army against the state force. They relied on their own power and were fully prepared to meet any untoward situation.

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