Yesterday’s edition of The News (Jang) included another example of politicized reporting that even contradicts other reports in the same
Ansar Abbasi’s top news story, “New NAB chairman, a Jiyala from A to Z” (http://thenews.com.pk/09-10-2010/Top-Story/1193.htm) accuses President Zardari of appointing a political crony as the new NAB chief. His report calls Deedar Hussain Shah “controversial” and includes statements that PML-N through Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan found the candidate unacceptable.
But another report by Rauf Klasra in the same paper, “Nawaz trusted the new NAB chairman” (http://thenews.com.pk/09-10-2010/Top-Story/1195.htm), describes this new opposition to Deedar Hussain Shah as NAB chairman as like a tiger changing its stripes.“The court documents show that Nawaz and his legal team were satisfied
with the role of the SHC CJ, Deedar Hussain Shah, because they
believed that in line with the norms of justice, he neither allowed a
speedy trial of Nawaz nor he formed a full bench like his successor.
“Deedar Hussain Shah, when he was the SHC CJ, had actually appointed a
three-member bench comprising Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, Justice
Rabbani and another judge, to hear the Nawaz case and the former prime
minister was quite satisfied with this bench and its proceedings.
After reading these papers, it becomes quite obvious that Deedar
Hussain Shah was sent to the Supreme Court because General Musharraf
was unhappy with him during the trial of Nawaz Sharif.
“The official record shows that Nawaz’s legal team had praised the
then SHC CJ Deedar Hussain Shah in the petition no. 172/2000, which
was filed to challenge the speedy trial and formation of a full bench
by the new SHC CJ. The petition was filed on June 27, 2000,
challenging whether Sindh High Court registrar could constitute a full
bench for hearing of anti-terrorism appeals under Rules 2 and 5 of the
“Nawaz Sharif’s lawyer had complained in writing to the SHC after the
elevation of Deedar Shah as the SC judge followed by the appointment
of the new SHC CJ that the role of secret agencies had suddenly become
important in proceedings that had greatly disturbed Nawaz. He
complained in the petition that after the appointment of the new SHC
chief justice, inconveniences had been created by four intelligence
“But, today after the lapse of 10 years, the PML-N leaders have come
out to attack the same judge and challenged his appointment as the NAB
chairman on grounds that once he was a PPP worker and had contested
election on its ticket. But Nawaz’s legal team and leaders did not
question him or his past political affiliation as they had found him a
professional judge who did not allow secret agencies to disturb the
court’s environment or form a full bench or order his speedy trial as
it was done later.
“The documents revealed that with the elevation of Deedar Hussain Shah
to the SC in April 2008, Nawaz Sharif was not happy, telling the court
in writing that when he (Deedar Shah) was the SHC CJ, environment of
the court was smooth, orderly and peaceful. Deedar Shah had also
worked with Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhary and had retired
without any complaint against him as he enjoyed a good record as a
This sudden change of opinion is well documented and makes for an
important news story. When citizens hear that one politician is
challenging the appointments of another, they must have the knowledge
of history to determine if these challenges are being made in good
faith, or are political theatre only.
Despite The News having access to all the information about Mian Nawaz
Sharif praising Deedar Hussain Shah for so many years, Ansar Abbasi
seems to have ignored this information and did not even ask probing
questions to get to the heart of the matter. He simply repeated, in
very political terms, the opposition talking points.
By calling Deedar Hussain Shah a ‘Jiyala’ (PPP activist) through-and-
through, Ansar Abbasi is acting like an opposition agent, not a
journalist. Please, we have enough political operatives – what we need