Since the journalists have become holy cows, willing and equipped to fully exploit the post-truth era to further their own narratives, affiliations, and beliefs. A journalist is an intellectually dishonest person who instinctively knows what to censor and what to publish. In the quest for truth, it is important to understand and know the personal beliefs, political affiliation and past commitments of a journalist who’s is deliberately and systematically trying to sell you something. We have been following the commentary by Farangi state-owned media like BBC and VOA pertaining to PTM; their pet project to destabilize Pakistan by activating ethnolinguistic faultlines. Recently a report by the British state-owned broadcaster BBC created a stir.
It was submitted by one of its editors, M. Ilyas Khan who alleged human rights abuses by Pakistan’s Military during counter-terrorism operations. Although it is crystal clear to the reader that the report itself is a purpose-built fabrication, created by the BBC editor with the help of PTM activists to enforce their false victimhood narrative, it is still important to take a look at the past commentary by Ilyas Khan. We mined his twitter account for his personal opinions on the issue and found a plethora of evidence which is sufficient to prove that the said editor is politically affiliated with PTM. Having looked at the records, it is clear that his personal beliefs could have influenced the outcome of his reporting.
It is also clear that before he went on to uncover the alleged abuses, Mr editor had already made up his mind. The result of his article, we believe was preconceived. I am sharing the list of tweets I have found on his profile with the forum audience so everyone can debate and draw their own conclusion as to whether Ilyas Khan was acting as a reporter or a politically partisan activist.