Aziz Jan, Chairman Union Council, Gojal-1 has rejected his alleged involvement in posting defamatory comments on a news item titled “Police Highhandedness triggers protests in Gulmit, Gojal”, published in Pamir News some days ago.
Talking on phone from Islamabad to Zulfiqar Ali Khan of Pamir News, currently in Germany, he said, “I am not a regular reader of Pamir News but some one has informed me about this news item and the defamatory comment that was posted in my name”.
He further revealed, “I have thoroughly investigated the issue and have found that the comment was written and posted by a very highly educated person belonging to Gulmit, using my name”. Aziz Jan said that he will deal legally with all the involved people for using his name to create conflict in the area and to defame the volunteers of Pamir News. He thanked Pamir News for not approving the fake comment issued in his name.
After publication of the news item “Police Highhandedness triggers protests in Gulmit Gojal”, Pamir News twice received a comment sent using a fake email address and name of Aziz Jan. Due to the use of harsh, abusive and unacceptable language and defamatory statements against a particular individual belonging to Gulmit, Pamir News did not approve the comment for publishing.
[As you all are aware that each comment posted on Pamir News goes through an approval process . We have enacted the facility to deal with similar situations and similar ill intentioned people. Only those comments appear on our website that have been approved by the moderator].
Pamir News received the same comment once from Islamabad and again from Karachi, as the IP addresses indicate.
Ignorant of the approval process the big perpetraors of this tiny conspiracy informed the person in Gulmit that Aziz Jan had defamed him on the internet. They must have thought that the comment would automatically appear on the website so they even promised to the person in Gulmit that a printed copy of the comment would be sent to him via. Fax.
But when they did not see the comment appearing on the website they printed another fake page bearing the automatically generated system reply “Your comment is awaiting moderation” and sent that to Gulmit Council. The readers of Pamir News who regularly post their comments on news items published here shall be faimilar with this phrase. They have sent the fake, unapproved – unpublished, comment to the council and the individual against whom it was written. We have confirmed from Gulmit that the print sent to them through fax is the one that was not approved by Pamir News.
The same people, going further, notified police officials and office bearers of the council in Gulmit and told them that defamatory and abusive language had been used by Pamir News against the family of Shehbaz Khan. All our readers will reject these accusations because we have never abused anyone. It is against our ethical standards and policy.
This created panic in the village and we were contacted by some village elders. On their desire and request we took the news item, along with all comments it received, off-line and, instead, issued a “Clarrification”.
Let us also inform our readers that volunteers attached with Gojal Net, Pamir Times and Pamir News, have received threatening emails and phone calls since the publication of that news item.
Based on facts, it is now proven that this game was played in order to politicise, defame and pressurise all those associated with GOJAL NET, PAMIR TIMES and PAMIR NEWS.
We request such people that instead of of using such mean tactics they should directly forward their reservations and points of view to us. We will publish them to provide our readers with balanced information.
However, we pledge and resolve that we will continue our mission of rationally and objectively raising voices against injustices, corruptions, mismanagements and actions taken against the interest of our beloved society.