Eye on Pakistan

Urdu media previously pro-Taliban, now anti-Taliban?

Posted in Domestic Affairs by onpakistan on June 7, 2009

Only four weeks ago most Urdu television channels were acting as cheerleaders for the Taliban. Most Urdu columnists in newspapers were presenting the Pakistani Taliban as the reincarnation of early Muslim warriors. Now in a rare consensus they are all clamouring for an all-out war against them.

The head of the BBC’s Urdu Service is claiming that Urdu newspapers and television channels were all sympathetic to the Pakistani Taliban, yet have now turned against them –  largely because of the flogging video. Could this be true?? Is he implying that the English press were always much less pro-Taliban? Are not Urdu and English newspapers and tv channels’ positions on the Taliban determined by their political/ideological positions?

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