Don’t confuse yourself by the tag line any way, the personality in discussion is none other than our veteran host Dr. Shahid Masood. Undoubtedly, when in Pakistani media we look around for researchers in the category of hosts, there is no better example than that of Dr. Masood and Talat Hussain.
Though his career has also been brought into the red light, especially after his appointment as MD PTV, it wasn’t the end. I remember him way back in 2002 when he shot to fame for bringing the atrocities of Northern Alliance and Allied forces against Pakistan based Taliban after the invasion. Later his own version of The New Great Game, coverage of Lebanon War and his documentary End of Times captured centre stage.
Enough of preview, its time to talk business. I have often witnessed that when this gentleman starts digging a story, expect a lot to come. Remember in the last days of Musharraf how he got hold of three ex-serviceman and close buddies of Musharraf, and brought to light what became a very crucial evidence in his down fall.
In case you missed the last two shows of his programme on a private channel, he was again seen in the same spirit, with only the gun barrels pointing in a different direction. The 1st programme was on NRO, during which he bombarded this amendment and revealed much which was still unknown. The second programme, though my favorite was revolving around the presumed killing of Baitullah Mehsud. Out of no where he brought some valid points into discussion. The first was the all out claim by the government that Baitullah has been killed, while still they awaited evidence. Strangely, he linked it with the UN probe on the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. To what I could perceive, he was pointing to the fact that with Baitullah the prime architect of that assassination, the UN mandate for probe has also been eliminated, as the suspect is no more and he has gone to the grave without revealing any evidence.
Secondly, he raised suspicion on the encounter in Karachi which saw the god father of crime Rehman Dakait dead. Strangely, in his call to Ms Naheed Khan he pointed that Rehman and late Khalid Shahanshah had some close links. For a reminder, Mr Shahanshah was one of the security incharge of Benazir who was killed few months back, and during BB last speech, he was seen on stage making suspicious signs to some one out there.
In any case, some very valid points were raised. I am in no way endorsing his view point or what so ever, but I am just pointing the fact that may be some of our veteran media person have finally decided to raise the curtains, and this example is just one in this regard. Rest only the time will decide, but I believe that some intresting revelations are around the corner.