The world “according to him’ as the title of his program safely denotes is supposed to reflect his opinion and of those who appear on his program. What is so wrong with that? You don’t like his opinion, well, there is always some other channel
There was this marvellous scene in the movie Crocodile Dundee from down under where our protagonist while walking along a downtown street in Manhattan with his lady is suddenly confronted by a gang of knife wielding youths.
“Careful, honey, he’s got a knife…!” warns his lady.
Dundee observes the lethal looking weapon menacingly held by his attacker, shakes his head and says: “Nah, that’s not a knoif.” Then reaching into his boot, he produces an enormous hunting knife in a flash and says, “Now that…is a knoif!”
I don’t know why I thought of this scene while reading somewhere that Mr Rahman Malik had recently threatened a tv anchor with physical harm.
Very rattled, the anchor went on to say that “this is a very dangerous situation…the media is being threatened.” Maybe so. The problem with this sort of a statement is that it is his side of the story — “Meray Mutabiq” as he would say.
Now I am not suggesting that he is stretching it a bit but the good Doctor is prone to play to the camera and the microphone every now and then. He could be forgiven that considering the business he is in.
It is also entirely in the realm of possibility that Rahman Malik, who has friends in high places, and does from time to time come across as a bit of a bully-boy did mouth some tough words. That is probably why he has friends in high places He has gotten away with so much else in the past, why not this?
The good Doctor has not endeared himself to many people in power either. He has been known to ruffle a lot of plumage during his wildly independent days. The last time it cost him his job, for a while at least.
The world “according to him’ as the title of his program safely denotes is supposed to reflect his opinion and of those who appear on his program. What is so wrong with that? You don’t like his opinion, well, there is always some other channel. Nothing in any ordinance says you can’t do that.
My own feeling is that nothing that the good Doctor says would get him into trouble as long as he sticks to the opinion track. The trouble starts when his opinions start becoming “statements” or are presented on TV as “gospel!” There is a difference between being prophetic and being prescient.
I heard Mr Zardari state unequivocally on television last night that on his return from London he is going to investigate this matter and if he finds his Herr Malik is at fault he will take him to task. A rather curious thing to say considering that the good Doctor maintains that he was “threatened in the presence of Mr Zardari”!
I can just hear Herr Rahman Malik say in his defence: “Nah! That was not a threat mate, it was good advice! No worries!” And there you have it.
As an aside, wonder why political leaders have their crucial parlays nowadays in foreign capitals like London and Dubai. What is so wrong with having them here in Pakistan?
I have my own theory on why the two leaders finally agreed to disagree! Never mind that other matter. If the truth be known it was because Mian sahib couldn’t bring himself to turn a deaf ear to the ever increasing loud chorus of the “solan crore awam” saying: “No Roti, No Pani and No Bijli.” He just couldn’t bring himself to support Asif Zardari’s PPP slogan of “Roti, Kapra and Makaan” any longer.
How can you deliver on that promise without having the other three first? Good thinking that Mian sahib. A bit late, but good thinking all the same. So where do we go from here?
As for the Doctor-and-Rahman Malik saga, here is the bad news. Both of you are in the news for all the wrong reasons. The good news is that both of you are in my column.
Mahmud Sipra is a best selling author and an independent columnist. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Daily Times, 15/5/2008