Monthly Archives: October 2012

From Gen. Asalam Beg: Supreme Court Judgment on ACM Asghar Khan’s Petition

The above has been mailed directly to the blog moderator.

From:   General Mirza Aslam Beg

Subject:           Supreme Court Judgment on ACM Asghar Khan’s Petition      

Last night, talking to the ARY TV Channel’s programme “Eleventh Hour”, I said that after appointing Lt Gen M. Asad Durrani as Ambassador to Germany, an Affidavit was obtained from him, naming the politicians, alleged to have received the money from ISI, in 1990.


After this Affidavit, Gen Durrani wrote a letter to the Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto for “Eyes Only”. A few extracts from this letter were presented in the above programme, as given below:



“A few points, I could not include in my confessional statement, handed over to the director FIA. These could be embarrassing or sensitive:


1.      The recipients included Ghulam Mustafa Khar 2 Millions, Hafeez Pirzada 3, Sarwar Cheema 0.5 and Mairaj Khalid 0.2 Millions.

2.      The remaining 80 Ms were deposited in the ISI ‘K’ fund.

3.      The operation not only had the “blessings” of the President and the “whole hearted participation” of the caretaker political government, but was also in the knowledge of the Army High Command.


The point that I have “war gamed” in my mind very often is: what is the object of this exercise?


4.      If it is to target the opposition, it might be their legitimate right to take donations, especially if they come through ‘sacred channels.”

5.      If the idea is to put Gen Beg on the mat; he was merely providing logistic support to donations made by a community under instructions from the Government and with the consent of the military high command.

6.      Ghulam Ishaq Khan would pretend ignorance, as indeed he never involved himself directly.


Every sentence of the above extracts contains words with deep meaning. For information and evaluation of the readers.


Aslam Beg


Function of Launch of Book on Media Laws

By Yasmeen Aftab Ali 

It was 20th October 2012,a beautiful autumn evening when media people converged at the Nairang Gallery to celebrate the launch of “A Comparative Analysis of Media & Media Laws in Pakistan.” A star studded,vibrant function, it provided grounds for networking for media practitioners.

Not a single chair was empty. Prominent guests included, besides the Chief Guest Dr Mehdi Hasan, the legendary Khawar Naeem Hashmi;Bureau Chief GEO Lahore, Raza Rumi;blogger & opinion maker, Mr Shamshad

(Dr Mehdi Hasan)

(Author:Yasmeen Aftab Ali)

Ahmed; Former Secretary Foreign Affairs, Brig. Farooq Hameed Khan; THE NEWS, MsFarah Zia; Editor THE NEWS Magazine section, Mr Afzaal Khan; Publisher Sang-e-Meel Publications, Mr Shafiq Awan; Channel 5- and of course the co-host Mr Sohail Arshad.

(Mr Ikhlaq Ali Khan & Mr Afzaal Khan:Sang-e-Meel Publications)

(Mr Sohail Arshad)

Other prominent guests were; Mr Adil Adnan;Head of Election Cell Express News, Mr Nasir Shirazi; Anchor person STAR ASIA, Mr Akbar Rizvi, Sonia Malik ;Express Tribune, , Mr Zohaib Butt;Producer Duniya News, Mr Khurram Rana;Associate Director A-Plus, Mr Fahad Ajmal; Producer City42, Mr Shehryar Rizwan;Asst Editor The Daily Times, Dr Badar Sohail, upcoming lawyer Ms Shehzadi Cheema, Mr Hasan Naqvi;SAFMA,Mt Ali Salman Alvi;writer for DT and others.

(Mr Khawar Naeem Hashmi)

After Mr Sohail Arshad had welcomed the guests, Mr Raza Rumi, was the first guest speaker, followed by Mr Afzaal, Brig. Farooq Hameed Khan, Mr Khawar Naeem Hashmi, Dr Mehdi Hasan and the author:Yasmeen Aftab Ali.The event was enjoyed by all.Nairang Gallery the perfect backdrop!

(Yasmeen Aftab Ali & Mr Raza Rumi)

AVAILABLE: Book on Media of Pakistan


By: Yasmeen Ali

Now Available:

If you are anywhere in the world, you can buy the book online by placing your order at the Publisher’s SITE:

You may also pick it up from Amazon. com :

The book is now available at:


1-Iqbal Book Depot(Main Market Gulberg)

2-Anees Book Corner(Main Market Gulberg)

3-Variety Books(Liberty).


1-Liberty Books

2-Book Mart


1-Saeed Book Bank 

2-Mr Books

Price:Rs 1200/

About the Book:


This book is about clarifying concepts. It is about defining the role of the institution
of Media that should be playing a pivotal role in the evolving society of our country–
but somehow, there is a slip between the cup & the lip!
The concept of Freedom of Expression & Freedom of Speech for example is little
understood. The theories, limitations, cases. All aspects have been discussed to give
the bigger picture. Defamation, Contempt of Court, Cyber Law, Electronic Media,
Social Responsibility of Media; discussed threadbare with comparative laws 
existing in other countries.
This book tries to address questions raised in every sphere. It is not another “theory
book” expounding concepts. It moves beyond discussing concepts to what issues 
exist in the world of communications in Pakistan. What are the questions that need
to be addressed by relevant authorities in different mediums of communication and
their possible solutions too, are offered.
More often than not , the issues are pin-pointed but no steps to redress a situation
are chartered out. Here, the reader,the media practitioner and any one else interested,
finds; practical, workable steps to develop media into a vibrant institution  that is
ready to play a positive role in knitting together the Pakistani Society & building
bridges where needed–not creating further disenchantment & chaos!

Releasing: Book on Media in Pakistan

Published by Sang-e-Meel Publishers 

“A Comparative Analysis of Media & Media Laws in Pakistan”


Yasmeen Aftab Ali

FROM 18th October 2012, available at stores:


1- Mr Books

2-Saeed Book Bank


1- Iqbal Book Depot

2-Anees Book Corner

3- Variety Books


1- Liberty Books

2- Book Mart

More names will be added & city base expanded as we go along.