Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan’s reported offer of an indefinite extension to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa is “representative of his democratic credentials,” The Friday Times editor Raza Rumi said on Thursday.
Rumi made the comments while speaking in flagship Naya Daur TV show Khabar Say Aagay. The TFT editor said neither the establishment nor any other political party could outflank the PTI when it came to social media handling. He presented the example of an impostor twitter account routinely tweeting in favour of the PTI chairman as an example.
Journalist Amir Mir said while other political forces wanted the military to remain away from politics, Imran had no issues on this account. He merely wanted to be their blue-eyed boy again. He said reports on how the Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa coffers being drained to ensure Imran’s impending long march to Islamabad tasted success.
Commenting on the unprecedented DG ISPR and DG ISI presser earlier today, Mir said the need for it had become imperative. Imran, he said, had flouted the “red line” and was regularly crossing every limit of insolence. This, Mir said, had made it binding for the Pakistani establishment to deliver a message in kind which had commenced with Faisal Vawda’s media talk earlier on Wednesday.
“The establishment has run out of patience,” Mir added.
In the west public is not gullible and generally twitter and social media is considered basically as talking shop and never trusted.
Pakistan’s public is gullible and Pakistani mainstream media gives undue press coverage to social media. The answer to social media is ignorance of it.
It’s hype and rubbish and responsible journalism is the answer to it,