ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, today demanded that Geo should apologise to the Pakistani nation for its baseless allegations and media vilification of the Pakistan army and ISI.
In a press release issued today PTI Chief said apology is necessary at a time when Pakistan is confronting security threats and terrorism from within the country and externally.
He said while all state institutions must function within the law and Constitution, it is unacceptable that media houses launch campaigns against any institution without adopting the legal route of providing proof and approaching the Courts.
Khan observed that It was ironic how subjective Geo’s accusatory approach is given its inability in the past to name known killers belonging to or affiliated with certain political parties who killed journalists like Wali Babar with impunity.
Khan added that Geo had also aided and abetted in the general election rigging from prematurely announcing the results when barely 30% of the results had come in, to pre- electoral polls fixed to give certain outcomes.
In the interests of an independent media PTI kept silent despite seeing that Geo/Jang group had effectively become a surrogate media cell for PMLN and reaped financial rewards including cricket broadcasting rights.
However now Geo has gone too far by conducting a deliberate campaign to malign the military and demoralise our soldiers. The ambiguous government posturing on this issue is equally condemnable.
The Geo media house has exploited the situation to carry forward an agenda of baseless targeting of the military and ISI for which it should apologise to the nation.