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Interviews

A Session with Mubashir Luqman

where he shared News & Views, the unspoken truth has been revealed including names of the big fishes from politics to the Corporate World. Interview Part – I
By: Adnan Faisal
In the world of today, media has become as necessary as food and clothing. It has played significant role in strengthening the society. Media is considered as “mirror” of the modern society, infect, it is the media which shapes our lives, it has played very important role in reshaping, and changing the people in Pakistan. Media in Pakistan is getting quite irresponsible, as there are so many talk shows and political debates on the screen all the time which at times seem to be crossing their limits.

Mubashir Luqman is one of the most well-known anchors of Pakistan and is currently associated with Bol TV network. He is identified and revered for bringing out the truth in all its forms with the right amount of audacity and courage. He is prominent for his uncompromising questions and intrepid ideas. Mubashir has his own set of followers and is loved by them for Ahis audacious views but on the contrary remains to hold a question mark in the minds of many.  While talking to the Brands team he enlightened about a lot of unspoken facts.

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Mr. Luqman clearly explained the difference between Pakistani and Indian electronic media, he said that the Pakistani media industry can never reach the size of the Indian media as it’s not about population but policies. Nowhere around the globe are unprofessional and unqualified people posted on high positions just because they belong to the family or are heirs of the entrepreneurs.

Being asked on what were the reasons behind leaving ARY he promptly replied that his show was being stopped namely ‘’Khara Sach”, they were under pressure from certain political parties as well, he also mentioned that he was asked to compromise which he refused. Mubashir said, People allege me that I work for money but the truth of the fact

remains that every individual soul works for money. No one can work without the will to earn bread and butter for his family. I do not believe any profession might it be journalism or any can be just passion it all has to be done professionally. I believe a true journalist is one who earns his entire income from this particular profession. He mentioned with great sorrow that the most deprived people in Pakistan are journalist and people working for TV
Channels. They are offered very minimum salary packages even those are not paid for

months with an excuse that the channel dint do good business, well my question is that if the channel is not doing business then shut it down rather than eating away the due remunerations of
people working hard for your channel. If I may ask all the channel owners

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‘’WHERE ARE YOUR ETHICS NOW? “

While reverting back to a question as to why he joined and still remains with BOL TV he said, I joined Bol TV three days after the Axact issue, I had a prior commitment with them and fulfilled it. Everyone advised me not to quit such a happening channel and an ongoing popular show, ARY even offered me

shares in the channel to make me change my decision but I am a man of commitment and did what I felt was right. I will stand with them until and unless the channel itself tells me that they will not continue or I lose hope which is not soon to happen I do not see any such scenario in the coming future.

Mr. Luqman further on expressed that he wanted to question all those who left BOL that if evidence is provided against the media houses that they have gone for would they leave that too? He amenably defied that if there is any channel who claims to be crystal clean he is ready to do a postmortem and prove the facts, he believes that amongst all its just the most esteemed Dawn group, which he believes is extremely honorable and clean. There are multiple channels which are owned and run unprofessionally by non-media personals only to protect their other businesses. Apart from the accusations apprehended he believes that Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman is a complete professional and the whole media fraternity looks upon him and tries to follow his footsteps.

Mubashir has faith and anticipates that
Bol will be back on air but when that he cannot predict but he was ascertain that when it gets on air it will be undoubtedly number one. Talking about BOL he mentioned that in his view point it is unjustified that without trial the offices were sealed just because of an article, he clearly said that he does not mean to defend them but he still thinks that action should not have been taken until proven guilty.

During the session he was asked how he manages his family’s protection and deals with insecurities regarding his family’s safety, he replied that it’s obvious that he gets worried about his family’s protection, but he has is a firm believer of Allah and his Justice. He expressed that if today he doesn’t stand up for the nation there will be nothing left for the generations to come.

On being asked how he maintains equilibrium between professional and personal life he replied with a sleek smile it’s quite difficult to maintain a balance between family and professional life but I try to manage as much as I can. It becomes very difficult when people approach for help at odd hours and expect me to be there all ears and help them, if I mention the fact that it’s not the right time they consider me rude and impolite so all in all it’s a difficult situation to handle. I believe every good thing has a price to pay but it has its perks too people go out of the way to assist me if I require. Sharing his views about the Social media he mentioned that at the moment social media is going faster than the main stream .He said he follows more of the news on twitter than TV, further mentioned that the major setback is that various political parties have hired their trolls who are spreading foul information and news about people which go viral all over the internet. It’s just been a couple of years since social media has emerged on contrary it’s been more than 60 years to the main stream media so how can we possibly question the social media it will grow with time and transform smoothly in a much better way. Social media is accessed by those who are educated or at least have the basic computer knowledge, on the other hand unfortunately the TV channels have a lot of uneducated and unrefined people. He believes at the fast pace our social media is going as opposed to that TV channels and newspapers which are stagnant he doesn’t see a very bright future for the main stream media.

While being questioned about his new venture Baagi.tv he replied majority shares belong to the people working for it and not him, it’s a project of the people by the people and for the people of Pakistan just like democracy. They have recently started life style related articles which I don’t support a lot but then it’s their desire and I believe in complete freedom of expression,  I don’t even impose my decisions on my kids all I do is guide them the right path and leave the rest for them to decide. On a question about how he feels on all the denunciations that he purported against a well-known media group he evidently and boldly replied that he does not regret any thing that he said against Geo and Jang group, if It was anything but the truth he would be convicted for it in the court of law, he clarified that he was factual that’s why he is still standing with his head up high. Mubashir said, I believe there is nothing wrong in speaking the truth and exposing immorality and corruption. Fact of the matter is if media holds people accountable then media should be answerable as well. I was not even a channel owner I was an employee and ceased all my other job opportunity. If my accusations are proven wrong I’m ready to apologies but then again if I’m right then why are those people still running lose without any accountability.

On mentioning the fact the he was referred to as the ‘’ Jahaz wala anchor” he was asked if he actually does own one to which he confidently said, Well yes why not I certainly do fact of the matter is the first airplane I owned was given to me by ARY as a deal before I joined. He enlightened about an interesting fact that an airplane in Pakistan is even cheaper than certain cars owned by these big shots and business tycoons, my first one cost only 35 lacs. He further elaborated that If he has foreign accounts and properties all around the globe nobody would questions him but everyone has a problem with his airplane or for that matter any other investment that he has in Pakistan for which he is duly paying all the taxes as well, he said I had no idea what’s the big deal when he has legally purchased the airplanes and have been through all formalities.

While discussing about the role of PEMRA and what improvements he feels is required he said that, PEMRA still has room for improvement, it is under the ministry of information and it is impossible to regulate those under whose umbrella they work and get salaries from, It should be under establishment division. It has been involved in irregularities in the past for which certain top official have been arrested as well. PEMRA itself is conflicting with constitution and laws of the country as Only 6% foreign content is allowed according to PEMRA if I expose the matter that much more is being shown in Pakistan it’s only for the rights and benefits of the local media industry and not for any individual.
family’s protection, but he has is a firm believer of Allah and his Justice. He expressed that if today he doesn’t stand up for the nation there will be nothing left for the generations to come.

On being asked how he maintains equilibrium between professional and personal life he replied with a sleek smile it’s quite difficult to maintain a balance between family and professional life but I try to manage as much as I can. It becomes very difficult when people approach for help at odd hours and expect me to be there all ears and help them, if I mention the fact that it’s not the right time they consider me rude and impolite so all in all it’s a difficult situation to handle. I believe every good thing has a price to pay but it has its perks too people go out of the way to assist me if I require. Sharing his views about the Social media he mentioned that at the moment social media is going faster than the main stream .He said he follows more of the news on twitter than TV, further mentioned that the major setback is that various political parties have hired their trolls who are spreading foul information and news about people which go viral all over the internet. It’s just been a couple of years since social media has emerged on contrary it’s been more than 60 years to the main stream media so how can we possibly question the social media it will grow with time and transform smoothly in a much better way. Social media is accessed by those who are educated or at least have the basic computer knowledge, on the other hand unfortunately the TV channels have a lot of uneducated and unrefined people. He believes at the fast pace our social media is going as opposed to that TV channels and newspapers which are stagnant he doesn’t see a very bright future for the main stream media.
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While being questioned about his new venture Baagi.tv he replied majority shares belong to the people working for it and not him, it’s a project of the people by the people and for the people of Pakistan just like democracy. They have recently started life style related articles which I don’t support a lot but then it’s their desire and I believe in complete freedom of expression,  I don’t even impose my decisions on my kids all I do is guide them the right path and leave the rest for them to decide. On a question about how he feels on all the denunciations that he purported against a well-known media group he evidently and boldly replied that he does not regret any thing that he said against Geo and Jang group, if It was anything but the truth he would be convicted for it in the court of law, he clarified that he was factual that’s why he is still standing with his head up high. Mubashir said, I believe there is nothing wrong in speaking the truth and exposing immorality and corruption. Fact of the matter is if media holds people accountable then media should be answerable as well. I was not even a channel owner I was an employee and ceased all my other job opportunity. If my accusations are proven wrong I’m ready to apologies but then again if I’m right then why are those people still running lose without any accountability.

On mentioning the fact the he was referred to as the ‘’ Jahaz wala anchor” he was asked if he actually does own one to which he confidently said, Well yes why not I certainly do fact of the matter is the first airplane I owned was given to me by ARY as a deal before I joined. He enlightened about an interesting fact that an airplane in Pakistan is even cheaper than certain cars owned by these big shots and business tycoons, my first one cost only 35 lacs. He further elaborated that If he has foreign accounts and properties all around the globe nobody would questions him but everyone has a problem with his airplane or for that matter any other investment that he has in Pakistan for which he is duly paying all the taxes as well, he said I had no idea what’s the big deal when he has legally purchased the airplanes and have been through all formalities.

While discussing about the role of PEMRA and what improvements he feels is required he said that, PEMRA still has room for improvement, it is under the ministry of information and it is impossible to regulate those under whose umbrella they work and get salaries from, It should be under establishment division. It has been involved in irregularities in the past for which certain top official have been arrested as well. PEMRA itself is conflicting with constitution and laws of the country as Only 6% foreign content is allowed according to PEMRA if I expose the matter that much more is being shown in Pakistan it’s only for the rights and benefits of the local media industry and not for any individual.
“The main reason behind my
conflict with ARY was a political party”
“I have a question for all those who left
BOL TV if provided evidence against the media houses that they have gone for,
would they leave it too?”

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“PEMRA itself is
conflicting with the constitution by showing more of foreign content then allowed”
“BIG QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN RAISED ON MY AIRPLANES BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER
REMAINS THAT AN AIRPLANE IS CHEAPER THAN CERTAIN CARS OWNED BY BIG  SHOTS AND
BUSINESS TYCOONS”
“IF I HAVE EVER SAID ANYTHING BUT THE TRUTH I WOULD
BE CONVICTED FOR IT IN THE
COURT OF LAW”

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