December 20, 2010

Intellectual dishonesty 2010 (Part 3)

AFTER the mainstream media, now the blogosphere has also been conquered by the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and other Cheka-like agencies in Pakistan. Through their many brigades of agents in the media – some are hardcore Taliban, some wearing liberal faces and many other chameleons – they have made the life of honest journalists miserable in our country. Every true journalist and writer is living with fear of harassment, torture, abduction or murder.

Over the time, our liberal founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s Pakistan is gradually becoming a fascist nation state in South Asia. In today's Pakistan, the offspring and followers of Dr. Joseph Goebbels – Nazi propaganda minister – have created an atmosphere of the time when fascist dictator Hitler was ruling Germany.   

Our group blog, The Terrorland, is trying to propagate the liberal views of Mr. Jinnah and this has enraged authorities within the government and establishment. Due to our global reach and appreciation, now they’ve started a new campaign against our website and bloggers. But they lack the moral courage to come in the open or write directly! Shame on you, disgusting creatures!

Here is the latest post of an anonymous blogger: These Long Wars (TLW). This post has also been published by the Critical Supporters of the (ruling) Pakistan People's Party web page. With compliments, we’re publishing it here without any comment, allowing our readers to read the sick mind of our sick secret agencies and their snobbish puppets.—The Terrorland Team  

Abbas Brothers II – Why I Wrote on Them


I am a questioning sort of person. I question that which makes me curious, or that which piques my interest, yet I do not understand. And a certain blog piqued my interest. Reader Murtaza Jafri is a google follower of this blog by a certain, former employee of Dawn.

The blog, aside from tapping into the massive trope of Pakistan being nothing but a “land of terror” (which plays into a deeply impoverished view of Pakistan, reducing a much, much more complex land into the bare idea of angry bearded Muslims, and non angry, non bearded Muslims), made a swiping reference in every other post about a man whom I would presume was the writer’s former boss, Zafar Abbas. And every third or so post would make reference to Mr Zafar Abbas being the brother of General Athar Abbas of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR- the military’s PR department).

That blog, and that employee were, to put it politely, a few cards short of a full deck. It is the policy of this writer and this blog, when one comes across what could be real out and out psychological damage, to keep quiet and back away slowly. Which is what I did. The author of that blog even referenced his own psychological situation, confirming what one suspected about him as a mentally damaged human being. That blogger even admitted being in such a precarious psychological state, and described his current conditions as that of a classic shut-in. So I skimmed and backed away slowly. And I realised as I closed the browser window that this lunatic had 34 google followers, and all I could muster were 6. Wow; even an out and out nutjob had more readers than me.

Or maybe it was just that he was realising the situation of current mainstream middle class Pakistan. Quoth Nadeem Farooq Paracha’s twitter: Conspiracies theories are not theories, but a fact in Pakistan. Elvis is alive in Waziristan – thus the drone attacks.

I’m afraid that Nadeem Paracha may be too close to the truth.

As for this gentleman and his blog, they shall remain unnamed. I don’t want any strange google results for/from him leading to me. If you have any doubts about how annoying skewed Google results are, ask the folks at Five Rupees blog about their “Aunty” problem someday. I do not wish to skew my google results into any acknowledgement of this man’s batshit lunacy. For all I know, he may have gotten fired from Dawn because his English writing skills stink. Seriously speaking, the grammar of his blogposts was atrocious, and this was a man who claimed to have been employed by what could be called Pakistan’s premier English daily. Standards of grammatical correctness had been slipping at Dawn, but he who shall remain unnamed used some really lousy English on his blog.

Moving beyond this man who was singularly obsessed with the Abbas brothers, and their “possible” role in getting him fired, many people had randomly mentioned this band of brothers who seemed to have reached top journalistic positions in one industry at the same time. Random comments on the Cafe Pyala page, conspiratorial ones on the LUBP page, and random tweets on this subject. Cafe Pyala, I especially feel sorry for, because as anonymous journalists writing about the media industry from inside it, they probably got too many requests to write on more than they even wished to broach. And since there is so much overt and covert corruption in Pakistan, there is sadly no dearth of negatively painted stories for them to cover. Why cover an obscure bunch of brothers who had a massive coincidence of luck, where all of them occupy important positions in various media producing groups (even the ISPR counts as this) at the exact same time in history. Better to go after their bosses, especially as working journalists, the Cafe Pyala-walas actually have an easier time getting dirt on the media owners that a “civilian” could not easily come by.

But that still leaves this very interesting story of these brothers in high positions across media companies at the same time...

So last weekend, I found myself home from a social engagement that had ended a little too early and I was feeling a little p-o’ed about.

Maybe writing would help. So I did. And then the idea of taking Critical PPP on their offer to publish anything if it was worth it popped into my mind. And all those very interesting internet comments on the Abbas Brothers looked like a question worth asking about.

So why not be original? A critical look into the ethical implications of hiring a group of brothers into senior positions in a somewhat influential media industry, whilst their brother is in charge of the establishment’s military media mouthpiece, in the middle of a war?

Sounded nice. And I think it was.

And in the back of my mind there was a voice that said some part of it won’t fit into the story. What part? Oh yeah, the one about the crazy ex-employee. Let’s just focus on the bosses. And in an evening’s haze of exhaustion, to keep it simple that is what I did.

But you the reader, I believe deserve to know about the unhinged employee and his blog that is out there. I will not link directly to it myself. But you can go search for it yourself. As for me, the depressing story of the Abbas brothers ends here. I’ve had enough of trying to dissect psy-ops. It’s back to the messiness, of real blood and guts ethnic warfare in Pakistan for me.

I’ll leave the propaganda and counter propaganda to the hacks, shrinks and various headjobs of the world.

A commentator, Raza says: “A critical look into the ethical implications of hiring a group of brothers into senior positions in a somewhat influential media industry, whilst their brother is in charge of the establishment’s military media mouthpiece, in the middle of a war?”

Are you joking? Those (the real puppet masters) who do not care for human life will care for ethical implications?


  1. I read this blog. As a journalist, here are some of my observations:

    TLW praises the Cafe Pyala repeatedly in his blogs and shares views: why?

    1) A Reluctant Mind blog says about Cafe Pyala: they're a team of journalists led-by Omar R. Qureshi and patronized by Zaffar Abbas of ISI-fame...

    2) Riaz said: Nadeem F Paracha ho ya Omar R. Qureshi, baat to eik hi hay, bhai...

    Zaffar Abbas zindabad,
    ISI payindabad.
    Pakistan ki khair hay, bhai!

    Anonymous said: aik to iss schizo dawn ex-sub-editor ko aur koi kaam nahi...

    Riaz said: hehehee kon hay bhai who schizo dawn ex-sub-editor?

    Cafe Pyala & TLW shares the same point and indicate towards the same person, obviously Habib R. Sulemani.

    Dear Moderators, I'm waiting for publication of the material I had sent you, plus, I'm sending some photographs and voice clips, if possible give them some space in The Terrorland. I had sent them to you, because I know you guys dare to publish them. It would be a service to our country and people.

  2. @TLW

    If you have moral grounds and you follow some kind of professional ethics, then come in the open for a debate. From which blogs you have assumed your material of the “traditional psychological warfare” ?

    BTW why did you delete The Terrorland comment from your website?

  3. Why Zaffar Abbas? He is not the only "criminal editor" at Dawn Media Group. There are many more accused intellectual and actual terrorists...

    "I wonder what happened to one of the alleged Giant Pakistani Media Dawn News because they have also hired Mr. Riffat Saeed alias Tooti as its Anchor, there is an FIR of attempted murder registered against him in Police Station Stattion Mubina Town Karachi [circa 1990], he is a Former Member of Thunder Squad and used to be in Editorial Board of Weekly Takbeer Karachi. By the way he is a Right Hand Man of Idrees Bakhtiar of BBC and Herald (monthly magazine of the Dawn group). Nowadays Riffat is Unofficial PRO of Rehman Malik."

  4. Please remember that the people looting the Afghans and Pakistanis are the Western Banking/Military/Industrial complex elites and their associates, the current rulers of Pakistan.

  5. The Terrorland said: Psychological Warefare -- "Mental health professionals can't treat their own behavior yet they want to be paid! Mental illness is a scam. It's caused by psychiatrists (and those connected to them). Psychiatrists are still bluffing the world about mental illness. Psychiatry and its contribution to society is negative..."
    A researcher member of The Terrorland, who is studying psychological warfare in tyrant and oppressive societies, has found this opinion, which really needs deliberations.

    Nicolette Ladoulis said:

    Terri Liddell said: This is a terribly extreme, skewed view! It focuses on the worst aspect - yes, that needs addressing for sure! But there are many many people working out there who HAVE dealt appropriately with their own issues and deal very appropriately with other people's needs and wishes. There are people in every walk of life with difficulties and yes, criminal aspects to their behaviour - if we focused on them, we'd rubbish every single profession and trade in existence. We need to focus on what we can do to improve the situation, not dismiss the whole thing without constructive plans on how to action that. There are few enough people in our societies who help others - because of those who do it badly and for the wrong reasons - those we need to weed out, yes - should we cut down and discourage those who do it brilliantly and for all the right reasons - love for their fellow human beings?

    Nasira Parveen said: ‎@terri, are you a psychologist?

    Terri Liddell said: I have a BSc in Mental Health - assessment and psychological therapies and worked during the nineties in a Community Mental Health team. Worked in the NHS for many years. Philosophy of care was always always needs-led and focused on individual circumstances. I worked with many amazing people who worked in very difficult circumstances with a great humanity and humility, and great respect for the people they served. There are people who clearly should not be working in the field but I was fortunate, most of my working life, not to have to work with them.

    Nasira Parveen said: thanks. you are a true professional but i along with my family are victims of a criminal gang on campus led by "Pakistan's only trained neuropsychologist" Dr Najma Najam, who is apparently the VC of Karakoram International University Gilgit but is known as head of “psychological warfare cell” of spy agency ISI. besides my The Terrorland blogs her list of crimes are listed here:

    Terri Liddell said: That's truly dreadful. How frightening that must be... it must be hard to know who you can trust and where you can find help. Is there any organisation - perhaps Amnesty International - who could help you? Contact page here

    Nasira Parveen said: Thank you very much.

  6. A cyber discussion between a moderator and historian.

    Moderator asked:

    Sir, someone has asked me about the history of psychological warfare in society. I know nobody knows the answer better than you.
    Regards & Happy New Year.

    Historian answered:

    You know wrong, sirrah. As we historians say so often, not my period. There was certainly propaganda in the 17th and 18th centuries, but it was designed to solidify support behind "our side". In civil wars, as in England during the 17th century and in the American Revolution, there were attempts to persuade members of the "other side" to leave the rebels and return to their natural allegiance to the Crown. There was no incentive for any but leading figures to change sides, as they could be offered important positions.

    In previous civil wars, there simply hadn't been enough literate soldiers to persuade. The leaders in the war between Stephen and Matilda, "when God and his angels slept", in the Hundred Years' War, and in the War of the Roses between the royal houses of Lancaster and York, only face-to-face meetings could make a difference, even with the leaders.

    To non-Europeans and non-historians, the Hundred Years' War may not look like a civil war, but the Kings of England had larger possessions in France than did the King of France, and they were nominally the latter's subjects.

    In wars between states, such as conflicts among the German states or during the devastating Thirty Years' War, it was also rulers who took the decisions.

    During the truce period of the Dutch Revolt, there was plenty of propaganda justifying the rebel states and denouncing the Spaniards, but it was the fortunes of war that decided which would remain in Spanish hands. Antwerp was a Protestant city, strong for the revolt, but the port had to be recovered by Spain.

    Not until the 20th century was there the technology to make really effective use of propaganda directed at enemy soldiers and civilians, intended to undermine morale or boost resistance, I think. Radio broadcasts and dropped pamphlets have been much used, but no game-changing examples spring to mind. Perhaps the French Resistance.

    But I am not a historian of war. It's not my subject. That's the second response of historians, if they can't get away with "not my period".

    Moderator replied:

    Many thanks, sir, for educating me.