Story of Pakistan. 8 Part Video Series

March 25, 2010

Comprehensive Analysis by Najam Sethi on how Paksitan’s Military and Political Leaders have torn this country apart.

8 Responses to “Story of Pakistan. 8 Part Video Series”


  1. I saw the video; The story of Pakistan by Najam Sethi, an interview style tirade of home made facts, pocket philosophy and false narration of historical events, which Mr. Sethi has, no possibility of knowing.

    In his interviews he talks about Liaqat Ali Khan’s bringing Islam into politics, General Ayub Khan’s coup and the army’s wish to serve the Jihad ideology from the very up start of Pakistan and Pakistani establishment’s desire to be a slave of USA. Listening to him made me laugh because he was talking with such an authority as if he was the close advisor to these historical figures or a prominent historian recording these events of 50 years ago. The fact is that Mr. Sethi was in his teens at that time and under no circumstances privy to such information, let alone confidential one.

    It is a pity that there is a battery of armchair intellectuals and academics with Pakistani roots who have made it their financially secure profession to spit in the bowel, which feeds them, namely Pakistan. Western media and universities love to use these analysts and commentators because they would say anything to earn a dollar without thinking for a minute, how their comments would not only dishearten patriotic Pakistanis but also make Pakistan a laughing stock in the world.

    I am all for constructive critique of policies, putting poking questions to the politicians and even be critical of civil and military practices. It is the job of good media and academics. But from there to go and paint Pakistan as a failed state, every thing Pakistani as corrupt, unstable and worth nothing is in my opinion, populism of the worst kind.

    No wonder, Foreign Policy magazine described Najam Sethi as “ one of the country’s most respected political analysts. He must have satisfied his master’s desire to have friendly Pakistani media.

    Najam Sethi and his likes is the darling of the West and Indians who are always on the lookout for friendly journalists in Pakistan.
    Sethi’s former newspapers constantly harped on the theme that “India is not the enemy” and he always advocated American and Indian points of view.
    He was amply presented with the awards at Indian establishments like the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum.
    If people like Najam Sethi want respect and understanding of people like me in Pakistan and all over the world, they have to be neutral, balanced and critical of the society and not against the idea of Pakistan. Crossing that line is not acceptable to those who care and love the country.
    Kind regards

    Bashy Quraishy

  2. Ovais Quraishi Says:

    “The fact is that Mr. Sethi was in his teens at that time and under no circumstances privy to such information, let alone confidential one”

    It is ironic that while stating this, you fail yourself to prove your allegation. I suppose unless one is present in the moment of time, them making statements of THAT time and moment by default becomes not just suspect but an outright falsehood? Ridiculous premise behind a rather juvenile accusation.

    I suppose Ayub Khan, being that he was Commander in Chief, was clueless about Pakistan’s participation in the cold war, by allowing US to fly U2 planes out of it’s territory in the late 50s, was done out of goodwill?

    Sources:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960_U-2_incident

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayub_Khan

    -Ovais Quraishi


  3. Dear Mr. Ovais Quriash
    My comment on Mr. Sethi’s unfounded utterances on Dunya TV was to express my dismay on loose talk and distorted narration of history from a person who is not a historian, scholar or researcher.

    I work with media monitoring in the Western world and know that many journalists misuse their public status to peddle their own agenda and after being discarded, often turn bitter and angry. Listening to Mr. Sethi can easily reveal that he was being casual about very serious aspects of Pakistan’s past, but to see that one has to know the history of Pakistan and have a keen observation eye.

    The problem in Pakistan at the moment is that any Tom, Dick and Harry with deep pockets or vested interests can open a media channel, newspaper or a blog and dish out his/her opinions to the public. In the unfortunate circumstances, Pakistan is placed now, such irresponsible behavior is counter productive and only serves those who want to destabilize the country.
    Calling my objections of the cuff remarks to Mr. Sethi’s “Ridiculous premise behind a rather juvenile accusation” is not the way, a civilized discussion should take place, nor would make my objections less relevant.

    You say that I did not provide any counter proof to Mr. Sethi’s false remarks. Well, anyone who knows Pakistan well would see the logic in my questions. The burden of proof is with Mr. Sethi and not me. I am not the one who is twisting the events to suit my opnions.

    Kind regards
    Bashy Quraishy

  4. Ovais Quraishi Says:

    Dear Media Monitor living in the West,

    Guess what I too live in the west and have lived here… oh well this truly does not matter… What matters though is your baseless and utterly stupendous accusations. And here’s why I have decided to stoop down from juvenile to stupendous: you accuse someone of something, and yet fail to provide proof to support your accusation? This simple fact you choose to ignore then by claiming the following:

    “Calling my objections of the cuff remarks to Mr. Sethi’s “Ridiculous premise behind a rather juvenile accusation” is not the way, a civilized discussion should take place, nor would make my objections less relevant.”

    Huh? are you a journalist? if you are, then sir I feel sorry for you for not having the gall of acting impartial, if not, then that makes your response and behavior understandable.

    I think I too know Pakistan well (I use to play cricket in the deserted streets of Lahore during the Martial Law of 1977) – and find that your references to Tom, Dick and Harry, and mention of Pakistan’s scruples lacking media policies, while ignoring to provide proof of why YOU think Najam Sethi is misrepresenting himself or Pakistan, makes it all irrelevant.

    In order to help with exercise of civilized discussion, I ask you again, that please teach me the truth by providing me with the proof! If you are unable to do such thing, then please don’t hide behind biased and self-righteous proclamations as such “I work with media monitoring in the Western world and know that many journalists misuse their public status to peddle their own agenda and after being discarded, often turn bitter and angry.” I am sure you know, but what about those who don’t?

    Cheers!

    -Ovais Quraishi


  5. Dear Mr. Ovais Quraishi
    Let me say it for the last time, in a language you might clearly understand and I might come to regret but would say it anyway.
    Do not take part in discussions if you are history illiterate and too young to fathom.
    In socio-political exchanges, one does not treat the serious matters as if you were designing a software program.
    I have nothing against Anjam Sethi.He has his merits and has been a good example for Pakistani journalists. My criticism was only about his video appearance and what he was saying there. If you happen to agree with him, I am happy for you. It just shows to me that Pakistani expatriates have forgotten their roots and that wishing Pakistan ill were not the solution of issues, ordinary Pakistanis are facing.
    If by being rude to me makes you happy, be my guest.
    Kind regards
    Bashy Quraishy


  6. […] army and establishment have fueled religious extremism and anti Indian sentiment throughout their existence in order to justify their interference in the civilian government […]

  7. Ovais Quraishi Says:

    “Do not take part in discussions if you are history illiterate and too young to fathom.”

    Mr same last name as mine:

    All you have is to hide behind thinly veiled self righteousness. From your lack of response to my specific query, I will assume that you haven’t a clue. I called out your dishonest accusation, and you have nothing to say other than dismiss me, a 40 something dude, as a young un. Yet again, I feel sorry for you.

    My opinion of Mr Sethi and his appearance does not matter. For the umpteenth time, what matters is your lack of proof. Your silence and lack of proof compounded then with accusing ME (Ovais Quraishi) of wishing Pakistan ill goes to show that when challenged, instead of taking the time to provide facts, you run and hide behind self-preserving grand standing. You sir are an embarrassment to Pakistan. It is self righteous grand standing know nothings like you that shame Pakistan.

    You still fail to set the record straight. I think you haven’t a clue. If you do have a clue, then why is it so hard for you state the facts? why?

    -Ovais Quraishi


  8. […] army and establishment have fueled religious extremism and anti Indian sentiment throughout their existence in order to justify their interference in the civilian government […]


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