Archive for July, 2007

Someone please stop these dumb TV reporters from revealing tactical information about Lal Masjid siege

Posted on July 8, 2007. Filed under: Electronic media in Pakistan, Islamabad, Lal Masjid, Stupid people, Terrorism |

Real time reporting of troop movements and tactical positions by the media is a most problemetic issue in my view. Reporters from TV channels, especially Aaj TV, have continually reported on the moment, positions, and tactical preparations of the troops in real time. This information is of absolutely no use to any of the ordinary viewers of the channels’ coverage. To the layman, it doesn’t matter what kind of troops, in what numbers, with what equipment just went towards which quadrant of the facility. To the average house wife, it doesn’t add anything to coverage to know that the vehicles used for tear gas shelling have just recharged and are moving towards Lal Masjid. To the terrorists, it gives all the warning and time in the world to don gas masks or take other protective measures against the effects of the gas. And the revelations about the troop movements and nature of the troops keep getting more and more flabergasting. Why in gods’ name would you reveal the position of snipers on the rooftops of specific buildings. You might as well climb up there and plant a bullet behind his ears yourself, mr reporter.  A sniper can engage target from 100 yards as well as from 500 yards just as well. Let the terrorists guess where they are being targeted from. Don’t reveal the position of snipers so the terrorists can flush them out or force them to move to secondary positions pre-maturely. They see a UAV circling the madrassa at night and all of these bitches start squeeling at once. That one hour flight that was meant to gain crucial intelligence might just have gone to waste because the terrorist can now change positions, even prepare traps for the troops.

Pakistani media whores have screamed at the slightest restriction in access to the battlefield. But such access should be granted as a privellege dependent upon their common sense. Geraldo Riviera, reporting for Fox News during the US invasion of Iraq, was removed from the country and sent back immediately following one instance of allegedly revealing the positions of some US troops by drawing a map on the sand. Reporters from Aaj and Geo have gone miles beyond that kind of revealing. They have pointed out specific buildings and types of troops. They have reported on troop moments that took away the element of surprise and endangered the troops. They have pointed out government tactics and operations.

I probably shouldn’t say this but the reporters did point out the fact that commandos were laying explosive charges along the walls of the madrassa and the firing from all directions on the madrassa was just a diversion. Could this have caused the incident where the SSG CO was critically wounded along with another officer. I’ll leave this investigation to the authorities. But with the militants being in constant telephonic contact with media and their supporters outside, this hypothesis does not seem a stretch.

At this point the terrorists have better intelligence about the movements of the troops outside, than the troops do about the terrorists inside the buildings.

I am not going to let the military get off scott free here either. They should have clamped down on this the first time this sort of thing happened. Where the fuck is ISPR. Isn’t there one officer who has seen this sort of coverage and felt uneasy about it. The men who fight under one are the officer’s responsibility. How can everyone involved be playing such a loose game here. This sort of carelessness by the media might end up costing many lives of the troops and the people inside when and if an operation is launced to enter the madrassa.

Media should be free to report on the event, but not on the tactics and operations of the troops trying to put an end to this. None of this reporting is adding anything to the home viewer. All they are doing is acting as the eyes and ears of the terrorists inside.

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Chaikhanah exclusive: Cell phone video of the unveiling of Mullah Abdul Aziz in burqa

Posted on July 5, 2007. Filed under: burqavaganza, Jamia Hafsa Ninjas, Lal Masjid, Terrorism |

Yes, dear patrons we have just acquired a cell phone video of the discovery and unveiling of the Amir-ul-momineen from Lal Masjid as he tried to escape in a burqa. We are very thankful to the female officer who shot this video on her cell phone. We are also very thankful to the chaikhanah chota who stole the cell phone and allowed us to release this video on the internet.

Eteraz pointed this out and here is a transcript of the Dialogue for those who don’t understand Urdu or Punjabi.

  • Policewoman: (as she pushes the veiled mullah into the room) Ok now take this veil off.
  • Madrassa student 1: (complaining) You can’t do this to her. She is our aunty and stays veiled even in front of woman.
  • Madrassa student 2: Let our aunty go please, she is not well.
  • Policewoman: Shut up you bat-like thing or I’ll give you a slap.
  • Mullah under burqa: (sings his appeal) Let me stay under the veil, don’t lift the veil; If the veil is lifted the secret will be out; Allah I repent, Lord I repent
  • Policewoman: (she has obviously had enough of this) Stop this bullshit, I have stomach cramps as it is. (She unveils the mullah and then discovering the mullah calls out for a male officer)
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