PPP brands Zardai-bashing Jang Group journalists 'Indian agents

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Islamabad, Oct 19 (ANI): The ruling Pakistan People's Party has slammed journalists of the country's largest media organisation, the Jang Group, and Geo News channel for targeting President Asif Ali Zardari, calling them 'Indian agents' and enemies of democracy.

According to The News, the PPP parliamentary leader and Senior Minister Raja Riaz accused Kamran Khan, the prominent Geo TV anchorperson, for presenting 560 news stories exclusively on Zardari to tarnish his image. He also criticised Ansar Abbasi for allegedly trying to portray a negative image of the President, thereby weakening the country's democracy. He termed both the journalists 'Indian agents'.

He further claimed that despite the government's efforts to strengthen democracy, the media had been targeting the PPP leadership from the last two-and-a-half years.

The comments that he made in the parliament against the media, were also supported by other PPP leaders, including Punjab Finance Minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira, IT Minister Farooq Ghurki, Revenue Minister Haji Ishaq.

Meanwhile, a spokesman of the Jang Group said that the Group had played a 'historic and unparalleled' role by not only breaking the news about the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) deal but also playing a leading role in exposing its ill effects on Pakistani society.

He also said that the anti-Jang Group campaign launched by the present rulers, as was the case during the rule of military dictator Musharraf, included allegations of all kinds, which ranged from personal abuses to tax theft charges, and then to being levelled as American, Jew and Indian agents.

In fact the former military dictator and the present rulers themselves were toeing the lines of Americans and Jews, but declaring others as their agents so that they could discredit those who expose their true faces, he added. (ANI)

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