- Pakistani newspaper ‘The Nation’ published a front page story on 8 October 2016 claiming the replacement of DG ISI in a few weeks.
- The article had all the elements of propaganda, and was later proved wrong.
- Author of the article is Salman Masood.
- Interestingly, he is also New York Times correspondent in Pakistan.
- Not to forget that New York Times is also running an English language newspaper ‘Express Tribune’ in Pakistan, which is often found engaged in anti-state publishing.
Propaganda Elements in the Article:
- The article did not mention name of the source.
- The article claimed that DG ISI will be replaced before other command changes in the Army.
- This was proved false as new Army Chief and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee have already been assigned.
How Other Journalists Fell for Him:
- Azaz Syed, a quite un-presentable journalist who wrote a book on Al Qaeda through a relatively unknown publisher.
- Matiullah Jan, another journalist dismissed from Pakistan Military Academy on sodomy charges, was also taken for a ride.
- Express Tribune’s correspondent Obaid Abbasi demanded explanation from ISPR despite the latter’s clear rebuttal in the article.
Azhar Ayaz is an independent investigative blogger and media enthusiast.