John Solecki killed….Not killed!
Several Pakistani news channels ran a false news report this morning saying that John Solecki had been killed. The report was aired as ‘breaking news’. No one mentioned a source. The ‘breaking news’ traveled with a light speed across the world. It said that the kidnappers of Solecki had announced that the latter had been finally killed and his dead body would be brought to the Quetta Press Club [by the murderers themselves] after two hours. How ridiculous!
I wonder who the directors news of these channels are. What the hell is wrong with them? Why do they play with the human emotions even without confirming a news report that includes a serious issue such as a human life? They even do not have the sense to ask their reporters if it has ever happened in the world history that the kidnappers have called, invited the whole world media saying “ Come over guys. Prepare your cameras. We will be coming up with the dead body at around 12:00pm in front of the Quetta Press Club.” Funny enough, several TV channels sent their DSNGs. Reporters were put on a “high alert” with mics in their hands in front of Quetta press club. They were literally waiting for James Bond-like kidnappers to come and throw the dead body and escape so that they could show it ‘ live’ to their viewers.
These TV reporters were not the only ones standing there just like dumb asses. Dozens of personnel from the Pakistani secrete services as well as the Frontier Corps (FC) rushed to the venue and guarded the Quetta Press Club from all directions. They all did not move an inch from their position for several hours. They looked at every van with the hope that it would bring the dead body. I don’t even have words to laugh at these stupid people. I have no tears to shed over the fledgling Pakistani electronic media.
A friend of mine rightly says that there are more private news channels in Pakistan than eveningers published in the whole country. Most of these channels are manned with stupid anchor persons and ignorant reporters. They are utterly oblivious to journalistic codes.
As the reports of John Solecki being killed reached across the world in minutes, even the kidnappers were obliged to make a phone call to say John was still alive and their custody. The BLUF spokesmen had confirmed that John was very ill, as he had informed previously. But they would not kill him before giving a final ultimatum. “ We are a civilized people,” claimed the BLUF spokesman.