Musharraf Shocked Over Daily Telegraph, Are you too?

Yesterday, President Musharraf addressed first News Conference after Emergency’s imposition. Of a few things he was asked, ousting of three foreign journalists from Pakistan within 72 hours notice was the most interesting.

Two days back, I initially heard in PTV news that three journalists (read goray) were asked to leave Pakistan within 72 hours time, due to lingual profanity used for president Musharaf in an article “Bankrupt Relationship” published in Daily Telegraph (UK). When I read through the article, I myself felt offended, let’s quote the profane part here (should I??):

In the old parlance, General Pervez Musharraf is “our sonofabitch”. He has failed to stamp out extremist groups and close the madrassas that inspire them. He has allowed the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan to fall into the hands of assorted jihadis. And he has sacked independent-minded judges for fear that the Supreme Court declare illegal his re-election as president last month.

When Musharraf was asked regarding the deportation of three foreign journalists, he said:

In fact I expect an apology from them.

Also he mentioned that what they had written and the way their newspapers had commented about him were highly objectionable and could not be tolerated in any civilized society, and asked what would be their reaction if any Pakistani reporter used such a language against their president.

After reading the article, I was disgusted too. I feel the depature of trio was well justified. Reporters can be sans borders but the ethics should never leave Journalism. When it comes to country concerns, should we not discourage such foreign outbursts??

Quoting from a blog, wecite, I end the post but the question remains.

NO ONE has the right to use such foul language against our leaders. Granted Pakistan is going through enough turmoil lately but that is our INTERNAL affair! We do not give the right to ANY one in the world to downgrade us and our leaders!

Are you Offended by this event??

News in media: BBC, Telegraph

67 Comments so far

  1. SELF (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

    khan, totally agreed. Neena you are too biased in favour of BB.

  2. turab hasan (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 10:10 pm
  3. lida (unregistered) on November 13th, 2007 @ 10:50 pm

    Musharaf was right to kick them out and our so called free media like AAj, Geo and ARY should mention why pakistan took this step.
    They should have the integrity to separate their fight with the govt. and this outrage by daily telegraph.
    Geo and ARy should know that the freedom they are fighting for will eventually shut them down. Because BB and Nawaz will have them shutdown in a heart beat when they take power.

  4. Aamir (unregistered) on November 14th, 2007 @ 3:56 am

    british media is trash and the daily telegraph provides further evidence of this. I am glad they were kicked out.

  5. KAMI (unregistered) on November 14th, 2007 @ 6:39 am

    The foul mouthedness of Mush detractors is nothing new, its quite visible in this as well as other blogs. So the Brit journalist are in the same league.

    Commenting on what they have actually written, I will simply say that it was the mis-adventure of their govts in Iraq that made it impossible to win the argument for the war on terror. The pictures that came out of Baghdad contributed more to the recruitment drive by the A-Q terrorists than anything else, and made Mush job that more difficult.

  6. Ali Durrani (unregistered) on November 14th, 2007 @ 9:46 am

    What’s wrong with ‘sonofabitch’ in a historical context. The audience was British public. All these stupid Pakistanis who are damn angry with journalists need to go to Pakistani streets and need to find out what public say about Musharaf.

    Man son of a bitch is a kind word for Musharaf. He deserves more than that.

  7. misanthrope (unregistered) on November 14th, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    The odd thing is that this term has been in use by SUPPORTERS of Musharraf in the U.S. government and political supporters for over 4 years now. The Hawks and neo-cons who wanted unconditional support for Musharraf have been using this term to describe him for years. Why didn’t he take offense then and throw out U.S. diplomats and military officials? Is it because the rest of the Telegraph editorial is unflattering?

  8. quddoos (unregistered) on November 14th, 2007 @ 9:31 pm

    You call a rose with whatever name it smells the same similarly you call a Sonofabitch with whatever name like His Excellency to Honourable President he remain a “Sonofabitch”… Its a great misconception that he represent Pakistan or Pakistanis…He imposed himself on the nation and we will be much better off sooner he leaves…

  9. Durraiz (unregistered) on November 14th, 2007 @ 10:17 pm

    gimme a break it means “insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous” as per google define. What’s wrong in it? I have read it gazillion times in respected papers, popular fiction, etc. Its time for all of us to get language 101.

  10. Aamir Ali (unregistered) on November 14th, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    Ali Durrani:

    The sonofabitch cussword was meant for Musharraf, but spoken in a clever way. Maybe you dont get it buy Pakistanis do.

    We give foreign media too much “lift” in Pakistan.

  11. SELF (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 7:18 am

    راشد کامرانلکھتے ہیں:۔
    نومبر 15th, 2007 at
    میرا خیال ہے کے نکاراگوا کے ایک آمر کی حرکتیں ہمارے سید جنرل صاحب سے کافی ملتی جلتی تھیں ۔۔ انہیں بھی شاید دوسری مرتبہ منتخب کرانے کے لیے ایسے ہی اقدامات کیے گئے تھے اس موقع پر امریکی صدر روزویلٹ نے کہا تھا
    Though the Somozas were generally regarded as ruthless dictators, the United States continued to support them as a non-communist stronghold in Nicaragua. President Franklin D. Roosevelt supposedly remarked in 1939 that “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.”

    شاید اسی پس منظر میں جنرل صاحب کو بھی “ہمارا کتے کا بچہ” قرار دیا گیا ہے ۔

  12. Sardar Faisal (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

    To say the least,it was a real derogatory languange i had ever seen for a leader of any country.Though Musharaf actions are not justifiable, he is a dictator who has crush the judiciary according to his whims.But the words which were chosen have to condemned.

  13. Sardar Faisal (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

    To say the least,it was a real derogatory languange i had ever seen for a leader of any country.Though Musharaf actions are not justifiable, he is a dictator who has crush the judiciary according to his whims.But the words which were chosen have to condemned.

  14. Makhdoom (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 4:09 pm

    Well, no matter who is and which country a president belong, he/she must be respected. Now if i call the Queen of Britain with any wrong word, what will be ur feeling? and if i call Bush something, how would americans feel about him. This is like a family (probably the word family is no more a valid word), but if any family is living together and also fighting and if a third guy start calling the family leader any wrong words, then the caller must expeect a hostile reaction too from the family members.

  15. CHSHUJ (unregistered) on November 15th, 2007 @ 8:13 pm

    nothing offensive about it

  16. jk (unregistered) on November 16th, 2007 @ 9:24 pm

    The quotes around the phrase suggests that it was used as a figure of speech. It was merely lost in translation. Nothing wrong about it.

    Have you people no concept of freedom of expression?

  17. saira kazmi (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 3:27 pm

    well i believe one has no right to use such words.Your language explains from where you belong so…..I AGREE that musharraf did the right thing by kicking out the journalists but he shouldnt have apologized later.ethics should never leave journalism ,liberty or freedom of speech doesntmean you start using bad language.

    i dont understand these foreigners .why do they have to blame islam,jihad and madrassas for even if a cookie got burnt in a microwave?LIVE AND LET US LIVE.

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