Expensive vehicles

Monday, September 28, 2009

According to a news item, President Zardari bought expensive vehicles donated by Libya for 15 per cent of their value. Although the president did not break any rules in buying the expensive vehicles for only Rs9.1million, I can’t help thinking that it would have been much better if the vehicles had been donated to the state to be sold by public auction.

The money thus obtained (Rs50 million at least) could have been given to the poor for buying flour. How long will we have to wait before we get leaders who want to help the poor instead of enriching themselves?

Shakir Lakhani
The News, September 28, 2009

  1. Anonymous September 30, 2009 10:16 pm  

    The most sacred cow of the press is the press itself. The overwhelming majority of stories in ‘The New’ are based on information provided by critics of government especially of President Zardari. The first fact of The New or Jang Group is its overwhelming dependence on unreliable sources, mostly directed by manipulators. The information they provide is tainted. Now people never tend to trust anymore because they well know how to detect bias in news media. Journalists must not disagree with principles. I can’t help thinking why it is Zardari who is behind every bad? Why can’t these manipulators stop disseminating wrong information?

  2. Shakir Lakhani October 06, 2009 1:29 am  

    The Jang Group has always been fighting for press and media freedom. If the news provided by them is not correct or tainted, the government can always take legal action against the newspaper or channel concerned. If you remember, Musharraf got GEO banned twice, while both Nawaz Sharif and BB did everything they could do to ban Jang and The News. I can tell you that if it wasn't for the courage our journalists, we would never know what's going on in Pakistan.