The battle between BOL and the Tribune is not for the supremacy of independent journalism. It is, unfortunately, a competition between two media groups to prove who is the real darling of the Pakistani military.
In the wake of the Peshawar massacre, Legislators in Pakistan are contemplating a constitutional amendment to authorize army officers to administer courts. Military courts are contrary to the fundamental idea and the core principles of democracy.
At 5:13 p.m. on April 19 this year, I was sitting in my car when I got a text message from Mir. Two years after our first hello, I had become Mir's producer for special shows he hosted when he came to Karachi. My phone pinged and the message read: "I'm attacked."
What we have seen during the past few days on Pakistan's media landscape cautions us not to be overly optimistic about the future of that country's "vibrant" news media. There is still a long way to go.
With the accusations about the I.S.I's involvement in another plot against a journalist, the failed assassination attempt has transformed into a major national debate in Pakistan about the army's hostile relationship with the media and desperate attempts to strangulate dissenting voices.
Pakistan has announced a reward of 50 million rupees (approximately $520,000) for anyone with information about people involved in a failed plot to assassinate a renowned television journalist last week in Islamabad, the nation's capital.