By Kiran Bokhari
(Pak Destiny) What a shame — from President of Pakistan to an ordinary TV anchor — this is a terrible example of the downfall of Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf.
Launched his TV anchor career with ‘controversial’ BOL TV, Musharraf did his first programme on February 26 from Dubai where he is currently living in self-exile. According to the promotional video aired by Bol TV, the weekly show is called ‘Sab Se Pehle Pakistan with President Musharraf’ and will be aired every Sunday 8pm.
One wonders how come this man who once led the powerful and brave army of Pakistan and went on to become President of the country chooses to become a TV anchor.
Now he will have direct competition with other anchors like Najam Sethi, Hamid Mir, Mubashir Lucman and many others. Why he chooses this — for money or hollow fame or some other non-nonsensical idea – every one is guessing.
What a flight from President of Pakistan to just an ordinary TV anchor, perhaps every one who is close to him is ashamed what he is doing.
Mr Musharraf’s surprise move is being criticized both in Pakistan and abroad… he should better tell this nation what else he wants to become after a TV anchor.
BOL TV’s programming has centred its attacks on Sharif’s government and on media houses considered close to the ruling PML-N party, primarily Geo News, which is the country’s most popular news channel.
BOL TV has had some of its programmes taken off air after their hosts incited violence and indulged in hate speech. There is also widespread speculation that BOL TV is funded by the establishment but it has thus far been unable to match the ratings of its competitors.
Musharraf, who is facing a raft of cases in Pakistani courts related to the killing of former premier Benazir Bhutto and Baloch leader Akbar Bugti and the imposition of emergency rule in 2007, left Pakistan for Dubai last year to seek medical treatment after a court lifted a foreign travel ban on him. At the time, it was widely speculated that the army had brokered a deal to allow him to leave Pakistan. – Pak Destiny