Saturday, July 12, 2008

Rewarding Your Enemies

I’ve often wondered if our politicians are really as stupid as they seem or that their plans are so cunning they merely seem ridiculous to us poor saps.

The PPP’s decision to make Nawaz-supporter, liberal-hater Shahid Masood head of PTV is one such perplexing decision. What could Zardari possibly gain by appointing a man who cares only about judges and militants in the Red Mosque?

Well, this time, it seems our politicians had a brain fart. The Nation reports:

The newly-appointed Chairman of PTV, Dr Shahid Masood, has adopted anti-PPP approach that has stunned the party leaders, sources told The Nation.
They said Dr Shahid has directed the senior PTV officials, including the directors, anchorpersons and resource persons, in a meeting that he had been appointed with clear mandate therefore not answerable to any high ups in the Information Ministry.
According to sources, the PTV Chairman has told the PTV officials that Benazir Bhutto is now part of the past and she should be treated as such.
Dr Shahid has also said in his first meeting with the PTV officials that the state-run television was not the spokesman of the PPP, said sources, adding the PTV Chairman has also suspended special ‘Taranas’ that were being aired to pay tribute to the Shaheed leader of the party.
Sources further said the chairman has ordered to stop Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed’s photo exhibition put up for display in Islamabad on her recent birth anniversary.

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