Disgracefully dismissed: Dr Shahid Masood fired from ARY TV

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After his disgraceful exits from PTV and Geo TV, it is now confirmed that Dr Shahid Masood, the ‘renowned’ asset of the military establishment in the ISI-JI dominated media, has been terminated from the ARY TV Network.

He was working as the President of ARY Television Network and hosted a talk-show “Views on News”.

It may be recalled that only a few days ago, Dr Masood’s emails were in circulation in various media networks and mail groups:

From Dr S&M, President ARY Network:

From: Dr Shahid Masood
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 16:42:28 +0000
Subject: My status/position

Dear All,
We in organisation are all aware of a situation which emerged after some of our colleagues resigned from lahore. It was followed by another unpleasant incident in islamabad office.

During last one hour I received calls from media industry including one very important one (about which I informed salman sb immediately). I was involving my own status. Although salman sb categorically denied and we both are on same page in all decisions taken during last few days/months. Even then I” offer” my resignation if it can be helpful in resolving the issues.

I request all the team members to avoid creating/listening to rumours.

Best wishes.

Dr Shahid Masood

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From Dr S&M, President ARY Network:

From: Dr Shahid Masood
Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2010 17:16:59 +0000
Subject: Re: My status/position

Dear All,
Just to clarify the resignation word in my previous email. Its just an”offer”,as I haven\’t resigned. The purpose was to convey a message that no one is above the organisation,including myself. As Winston Churchill said”let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning”.

Dr Shahid Masood.

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It is widely believed that the owner of the ARY TV network wanted to get rid of Dr Shahid because of the following reasons:

  • low and further declining ratings of his talkshow,
  • complaints by colleagues and subordinates about his poor management skills,
  • the increasing lack of trust by viewers because of Dr Shahid’s known links with the military establishment,
  • boycott of Dr Shahid by the PPP (except Naheed Khan and Safdar Abbasi),
  • boycott of Dr Shahid by all respectable journalists and analysts,
  • Jang Group’s boycott of Dr Shahid Masood and his talkshow.

Also it has been said that the ARY management wanted to start a new prime-time comedy programme in lieu of the Views on News which Dr Shahid vehemently resisted.

As a damage control measure, Dr Shahid has written a verbose, poorly structured letter which has been sent to various list-servs and websites. Dr Shahid writes:

I am certain, some of you have been privy to, or receiving a lot of emails and needless speculations, ranging from controversies on hiring, firings and resignations all the way to some using their time and energy to discuss me.

I am pleased to announce that I will be a colleague and a co-worker with some of you very soon in my capacity of ‘CEO and President’ for an upcoming Media Group. Mr. Sadruddin Hashwani leads this consortium of giants from the Middle East and Europe.

Dr. Shahid Masood
President & CEO
Pearl Communications (PVT) Ltd
Shalimar 5 Agha Khan Road Islamabad


[main office: International Sensitive Idara, Aabpara, Islamabad]

It is now clear what Dr Shahid meant by advance worries (his disgraceful termination) and advance planning (seeking asylum in the Hashwani group).

It may be noted that not unlike Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman and Majeed Nizami (and other businessmen), Sadruddin Hashwani has always managed close links and cordial relationships with Pakistan’s military establishment. He is also known to be a personal friend of Geo TV’s Kamran Khan, the ISI’s oldest asset in Pakistani media.

Viewers’ reaction

The following is a selection of comments (from pkpolitics) which neatly sums up Pakistani people’s feelings about Dr Shahid and his disgraceful exit from yet another media house:

I have said in my many previous comments that this person is over ambitious and he can do anything for achieving his objectives. He does not care for moral values, ethics and so on. Now again he has got hold of some other financer but I am certain again his stay with that person will not be very long. The reason is, he is not faithful, reliable, trustworthy and competent and he does not have a formal training in this field. By training he is doctor. Let us see how long he can manage to stick with this new group. No other anchor or journalist has changed loyalities so often in recent years. He has been predicting demise of this current regime but he has to himself change his employers three times during this period. What an irony??

saleem raza:
چھٹی تو غریب کی ہونی ہی تھی اب تو کوی بندہ پروگرام میں بھی نہیں آتا تھا ؛لوگوں کے گھر جا کر ترلے کر کر کے کتنے دن پروگرام کیے جاسکتے ہیں؛

لیکن اس دفعہ تو زرداری کا نام تک زبان پر نہیں آیا پھر یہ چھٹی کیوں؟

زرداری کا نام منہ سے نہیں نکلتا تھا لیکن گلے میں ہڈی کی طرح پھنسا ہوا تھا جس سے موصوف کو خاصی تکلیف ہوتی تھی ، ان کا اصل مسلہء اب یہ ہے کہ ان کا دماغی خلل انتہائی حدوں کو چھو چکا ہے کسی کی بات کو خاطر میں نہیں لاتے اور دوسروں کے ساتھ انتہائی توہین آمیز سلوک کرتے ہیں ، لگ یوں رہا ہے کہ ‘مہاجر’ تاجر طبقہ ان پر سرمایہ کاری کرتا رہے گا

جیو والے بہت سیا نے ہیں ، وہ بندے کو تباہ کرنے کے بعد اس کی چھٹی کرا تے ہیں ، ابھی انہوں نے اپنے تمام سٹاف پر پابندی لگا رکھی تھی کہ کوئی پیشگی اجازت کے بغیر شاہد مسعود کے پروگرام میں نہیں جائے گا

he is the only anchor in the whole pakistani media who has been distinctive in many ways.
1. he has got disctinction in changing his loyalty very frequently
2. he has got the distinction in interrupting guests every now and then
3. he has got disctinction in irritating viewers by constantly repeating the same question.
4. he has got distinction in giving dates for the fall of govt.
5. he has got distinction in presenting futile philosophy.
6. many times as an anchor this dr. has also played a role of an astrologer when he used to announce dates for the fall of govt. fortunately or unfortunately none of his predictions came true.

سچے پاکستانی کی ساری نشانیاں ڈاکٹر صاحب میں پائی جاتی ہیں. مثلا وہ طالبان کا حامی ہوتا ہے، جمہوریت کا دشمن ہوتا ہے، آئیں و قانون کی بلا دستی کا سخت مخالف ہوتا ہے اور ملک و قوم پر فوج کی نہ صرف حکمرانی تسلیم کرتا ہے بلکہ اس کے لیے راہ بھی ہموار کرتا ہے

اس نئے میڈیا گروپ کو سمجھنسے کے لیے ہمیں سب سے پہلے اس گروپ پر سرمایہ کاری کرنے والوں کو سمجھنا ہوگا

اگر میری یادداشت زیادہ کمزور نہیں ہے تو یہ ہاشوانی گروپ وہی ہے جو اسلام آباد میریٹ ہوٹل کا مالک ہے اور جس نے اپنے ہوٹل میں امریکی فوجیوں کو اڈے قایم کرنے کی اجازت دے رکھی تھی اور اس ہوٹل کو طالبان نے بارود سے اڑا دیا گیا تھا جسمیں سینکڑوں پاکستان شہید اور کچھ امریکی فوجی مارے گئے تھے

کیا ان بے گناہ پاکستانیوں کا خون اس گروپ کے ہاتھوں پر نہیں ہے جس نے امریکی فوجیوں کو وہاں اڈے قایم کرنے کی اجازت دی


ڈاکٹر شاہد کی رونمائی ، نئی پتلیاں میدان میں

ہاشوانی گروپ کا میڈیا بجٹ

آؤ آؤ ڈاکٹر شاہد مسعود لے لو

مکر کی چا لوں سے بازی لے گیا سرمایہ دار ، جیب میں مال ہے اور بھی جائیں گے دیکھو کون جیتتا ہے ایکسپریس والا سرمایہ دار یا جنگ والا یا ہاشوانی

آؤ آؤ حکومت کو گا لیا ں دو ، مال پھر ہی بکے گا ، ریاست کمزور ہو گی تو ملٹی نیشنل طاقت ور ہو گی

آو جمشید دستی کو گالیاں دو ، تندور کی روٹی کھاتا ہے ، برگر کیوں نہیں کھاتا

آؤ نواز شریف کو گالیاں دو سری پائے کیوں کھاتا ہے

برگر امریکہ کا ہاشوانی امریکہ کا ، شاہد مسعود امریکہ کا پاکستان امریکہ کا رہے نام امریکہ کا

مکر کی چالوں سے بازی لے گیا سرمایہ دار ، پہلے ریڈیو اور ٹی وی کے ذریعے مال بیچتا تھا ، ٹی والوں کو پیسے دو کچھ بھی کہلوا لو

ٹی وی والا گوالے کے دودھ کو زہر ثابت کرتا رہا پھر پتہ چلا کہ سرمایہ دار پیکٹ کے دودھ میں فارمولین ڈالتا ہے

اب سرمایہ دار نے سوچا ہے کہ ٹی وی چینل بنالو ، مال بکے گا بھی اور حکومت پکڑے بھی نہیں جو پکڑے گا آزاد میڈیا اور آزاد عدلیہ اس کو حکومت سے نکا ل باہر کرے گی

کوئی سوال نہیں کرتا کہ صدر الدین ہاشوانی صرف پیزا ہٹ ، مکڈونلڈ اور کے ا یف سی کی رائلٹی میں کتنا پیسہ باہر بھیجتا ہے اس لیے کہ شاہد مسعود جیسوں کی تنخواہ اس سے ملتی ہے

کمال کا دھوکہ مال امریکہ کا نام طالبان کا ، بغل میں امریکہ منہ میں طالبان ، واہ رے میرے شاہد مسعود

اور وہ کون تھا جس نے ٹی وی پر بتایا تھا کہ صدر الدین ہاشوانی کی آرمی چیف سے بھی ملاقات ہوئی تھی ، رہے نام امریکہ کا رہے نام آرمی کا، رہے نام ہاشوانی کا جس کا ہر منصوبہ کسی امریکی چین کا حصہ ہے

رہے نام طالبان کا کہ یہ بھی ایک امریکی چین ہی ہے

لے لو امریکہ کا مال
لے لو شاہد مسعود
لے لو طالبان

Good riddance, daktar!

14 Comments to “Disgracefully dismissed: Dr Shahid Masood fired from ARY TV”

  1. Dungurr Dawkturr — Redux

    مہمان: ایک تھا تیتر ایک بٹیر

    ڈنگر ڈاکٹر: اچھا تو پھر کیسے؟ مطلب کیسے؟ میرا مطلب ہے کیسے؟ کیا تیتر اور بٹیر کی نورا کشتی ہے؟

    مہمان: لڑنے میں تھے دونوں تیز

    ڈنگر دوکتور: مطلب ہے کہ ملک میں افرا تفری ہے؟ تو کیا یہ انقلاب کی آمد آمد ہے؟ ہے نا؟

    مہمان: لڑتے لڑتے ہو گئی گم

    ڈنگر دوکتور: واہ! واہ ! اسکا واضح مطلب تو یہ ہوا کہ انقلاب آ رہا ہے؟ یعنی کہ فوج آ جی گی؟ مطلب الله نہ کرے! (یا پیر یا مرشد فوج کے بوٹ کا مزہ دوبارہ چکھا

    مہمان:ایک کی چونچ اور ایک کی دم

    ڈنگر دوکتور: اچھا تو پھر کیسے؟ مطلب کہ انارکی ہے؟ یعنی کے حکومت پوری طرح ناکام ہو چکی ہے؟

    مہمان: دار اصل میں بات کچھ اور کر رہا

    ڈنگر ڈاکٹر: (بات کاٹتے ہوے..) تو ناظرین! جیسا کہ انھوں نے تفصیل سے واضح کیا جو کچھ بھی ہو رہا ہے وہ حکومت کی پوری ناکامی ہے اور اگر فوج آ گئی تو پھر مطلب کیسے؟ میرا مطلب ہے پھر … لیکن کس طرح؟

    ناظرین اپنے گردو نواح وغیرہ وغیرہ

    چوری شدہ میوزیک کے بجتے ہوے ایک اور ڈرامے کا اختتام ہوتا ہے

    … ڈنگر ڈاکٹر کے چہرے پر گھمبیر تاثرات ہیں

    انکے مداح اش اش کرتے ہوے کوممنٹ باکس کا رخ کرتے ہیں


  2. اگلے پورے سال کے پروگراموں کی سمری حاضر ہے

    نمبر ایک : فوج اقتدار پر قبضے کے لیے بالکل تیار کھڑی ہے

    نمبر دو: زرداری کو چیف جسٹس افتخار چوہدری پھانسی کی سزا سنانے والے ہیں

    نمبر تین : زرداری کو ملک سے باہر لیجانے کے لیے جہاز میں پٹرول ڈالا جا رہا ہے

    نمبر چار : عمران خان کو بغیر الیکشن تا حیات وزیراعظم اور الطاف حسین کو صدر مملکت بنایا جا رہا ہے

    نمبر پانچ : جمہوریت کا نام لینے والوں کو خونخوار طالبان کتوں کے آگے ڈال دیا جائے گا

    نمبر چھ : آرمی چیف کو امیرالمومنین بنانے کے لیے رائے عامہ کو ہموار کرنے کی زمہ داری ڈاکٹر شاہد مسود صاحب کو دی جائے گی اور وہی انکی قوم سے خطاب کی تقریر لکھیں گے

    اس ایجنڈے کی تکمیل کے لیے قبر میں ٹانگیں لٹکائے روداد خاناور ڈاکٹر مبشر حسن، منہ سے لالین ٹپکاتے اکرام سہگل اور اکرم شیخ، قوم کو گالیاں دیتے حسن نثار اور جھوٹوں کے شہنشاہ صالح ظافر، شاہین صہبائی اور انصار عباسی، پان کی پیک کی پچکاریاں مارتے سلیم بخاری، جمائیاں لیتے جنرل اسد درانی، بھڑکیں مارتے حمید گل، بڑھاپے میں سٹھیائے ہوئے ہارون رشید، ہر پارٹی کا بیڑہ غرق کرنے والے مشاہد حسین اور ماں کا نہ باپ کا – شیخ رشید آپکا، ہر پروگرام میں آکر آمریت کے گیت سنائیں گے اور ڈاکٹر صاحب سے داد پائیں گے


  3. hahhha hhhhaaa Y tu Hona Tha , aisy logo ka bil aakher ya he anjam hota ha ! Agencies kay tamam logo ka aik di ya he anjam hona ha !

  4. Dr Sahab nay issay bhi dramai Tashkeel dhi hay aur 9/11 say kahani jori hay .waisay Dr Sahab nay kai dramay direct bhi kiyeh aur un ka hisa bhi rahay

    Agency ka taiyar kerda Drama “Lal Masjid ” main bhi Dr Sahab nay apni Adakari kay khob joher dikhaye “wo kon theen kahan gaeen ” gahani bari maqbol hoi ,Ab dakter sahab ko khud nahi pata kay woh kon thay aur kahan gaye

  5. In his letter, Dr Shahid writes:

    “I will be a colleague and a co-worker with some of you very soon in my capacity of ‘CEO and President’ for an upcoming Media Group.”

    Geo TV and ARY TV (Mir Shakilur Rahman and Salman Iqbal) must be worried about some of their employees who are currently being lured by Dr Shahid with the help of Hashwani’s black money.

  6. paisa phenk, tamasha dekh

    “I must admit that this introduction to Mr. Hashwani or the international consortium is no justice. And I fail in introducing them to the hilt that they deserve an introduction, but I do intend on introducing them in more details that I shall share with all of you soon….It is history in the making, it is a hard task. And I know. I am embarking upon a journey to redefine Media History in Pakistan as we know it. Never before, had a working professional in Media could dream of being a stake holder in equity in a big Media Group before, I am to set the precedence….I thank you once again, for all your support, your prayers and well wishes. I know I could not have been able to do any of this without the blessings of Allah, and all the people who have helped me in my eventful journey including Mir Shakilur Rahman, Mir Ibrahim Rahman and Salman Iqbal….I look forward to your continued feedback and suggestions.”


    Dr. Shahid Masood
    President & CEO
    Pearl Communications (PVT) Ltd
    Shalimar 5 Agha Khan Road Islamabad


    [main office: International Sensitive Idara, Aabpara, Islamabad]

  7. Hashwani also happens to be a good friend of Hamid Mir although he later retracted the agency-made ‘news’ which he leaked to Mir:

    ISLAMABAD, September 16, 2009 (Balochistan Times): Top Hotelier and Chairman of Hashoo Group and Marriott Chain of hotels, Sadruddin Hashwani has termed as incorrect and baseless the impression that he was shifting abroad due to President Asif Ali Zardaris pressure. It is wrong that I am shifting abroad due to pressure of President Zardari. There is neither any pressure on me from the President nor there has been any talk between them in this connection. It may be pointed out that a couple of days back when President Zardari hosted Iftar dinner for journalists, prominent Anchorpersons Hamid Mir told the President that Sadruddin Hashwani was propagating that he left the country because of the President. The President described this impression and Propaganda as baseless. At this the President asked his staffers to connect him with Hashwani in Dubai but the staff could not succeed. Then President Zardari asked the security personnel to bring in the mobile set of Hamid Mir and asked him to get him connected with Sadruddin Hashwani. When Hashwani came on line, he informed the President that there was no truth in the report that he(Hashwani) left the country because of President Zardari. At this the President handed over the set to Hamid Mir who also spoke with Hashwani on the occasion. It may be recalled that Sadruddin Hashwani along with his family shifted to Dubai last month. During this period he had been giving impression to important political leaders and elites that he shifted abroad due to pressure from Aiwan-e-Sadr but now he is denying this impression.



  8. http://www.petitiononline.com/5tgb7ujm/petition.html

    To: The Hashwani Group

    Because the workers who clean the rooms, make the meals and run the hotel only get Rs. 7800 per month for nine hour shifts each day. And, when they tried to organize a union to fight for their rights, some were fired and others thrown in secret prison on false charges. 150 of them are now occupying the basement of the Pearl Continental Hotel to demand that its owners, the Hashwani Group, abide by the law. This is following an attempt by the PC to fire four workers, all union activists. Food has become scarce while they have been on strike and management has refused to allow outside deliveries to be made.

    The current Human Resources Director at the PC is a retired Major Zia Jan who came to the PC after busting a union at the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC). Major Zia recently told the striking workers that they ought to be ashamed of themselves for fighting the PC.

    The workers are being filmed and monitored by security. They are afraid that they will soon be subject to Ranger or police brutality. The families of the workers who protested outside the hotel in solidarity have already been baton-charged by the police.

    We, the undersigned, demand that the PC Hotel abide by the law and accept the workers’ demands, which are as follows:


    Firing of union activists while negotiations are ongoing is illegal.


    The courts already do. It’s time for the PC to abide by the law.


    The PC refuses to negotiate the charter of demands. The 2002 and 2006 demands are still pending.

    For more details and updates as they become available, please see: http://progpak.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/pc-workers-occupation/


    The Undersigned

  9. Aay quaid-e-Azam tera ehsaan hay ehsaaan!!! Thank goodness. This man falls under deeper and darker abyss!

    • یوں دی ہمیں آزادی کہ غائب ہوا شیطان
      اے قائداعظم تیرا احسان ہے احسان

      قائد اعظم کا یوم ولادت اور ڈاکٹر شاہد “محسود ” سے عارضی یوم نجات مبارک ہو دوستو

  10. This is a lesson for all those media anchors who think they can disgust the popular leadership by mere character assasiationof them.They did so with Mr. bhutto but he became immortal.They did so with SBB but she is also there in every beat of people’s herat.Shaid Masood crossed every limit to do character assasination of President Zardari but in doing so himself became a symbol of hatred.It is truely said that” He who digs a well for others hismself falls into it”.

  11. With due respect to all, I totally disagree with the title and criticism raised in this forum regarding Dr. Shahid Masood. Using the term “disgraceful” for any patriotic Pakistani is highly impolite. It clearly illustartes our typical Pakistan culture based on professional jealousy, less education, and impationate attitude towards pre-maturely digesting many unpleasent events.
    In my opinion. what truly makes Dr. S. M. a special person is his determination. I observed him a person who does not settle for anything less than the best. He is a very fine researcher in his present field. He would
    encourage his guests during discussion and is a role model for younger anchors and news investigator. Blaming that he is a military’s blue-eyed boy is totally redicolous. Even if he is, so what. This is our military and we should be proud of Pakistan Army rather than criticizing it and making the lives of Pakistan’s enemies easier. In addition, Dr. S. Masood’s ability of taking frequent risks in building up his professional career and stand still on his opinion gives him an edge over his counterparts.
    Dr. S. M. is capable of establishing a wonderful rapport with people of all ages. His ability to connect with his guests or participants to discuss simple issues, as well as more advanced topics, are truly
    Compared to other anchors I liked his excellent communication skills. Additionally, he is extremely organized, and seems to be a reliable person. Dr. S. M. does not need the help of any media giant to come on top. I am sure he can work independently and is able to follow through to ensure that the job gets done.
    If he has decided to join another media group, he will have done this with a faith just to work for producing the best. If the new media group assigns him any duties, I strongly believe that he will accomplish his undertakings with great initiative and with a very positive attitude.
    Last but not the least, Insha Allah, Dr. S. M. will be a success he choices to do because of his work ethic, determination, and the quality of individual that he is.

  12. he is da best …..wo logo ki chaplooosi nahi kr sakte is liye log un k against hain …
    n rahi bat journalist ki to wo log un se jealous hain becaues jo success logo ko 40 50 saaal mai nahi milti wo inko 5 6 years mai mil gai hain n agar phir bhi kise ko takleeeeeef ya koi questions hain including admin jinho ne mostly against likha hain Dr sahab k bare mai to contact me on my Fb group
    i ‘ll answers all these bloody shit fake speculations .

  13. Dr A shah awesome commnts totally agree wid u ..
    love u

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