The Frontier Post

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The Frontier Post
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Rahmat Shah Afridi
Editor Rahmat Shah Afridi
Founded 1984; 30 years ago (1984)
Headquarters Peshawar, Pakistan
Circulation 39,000[citation needed]
Official website www.thefrontierpost.com

The Frontier Post is an English-language newspaper based in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. It is distributed throughout Pakistan as well as in neighbouring Afghanistan, making it the only English-language newspaper currently circulating in both countries collectively.

History[edit]

The Frontier Post was launched in February 1985 by Rahmat Shah Afridi. It is published in Peshawar, Lahore and Quetta.

In 1989, The Frontier Post opened a branch in Lahore where Khaled Ahmed served as its resident editor, Zafar Samdani as its editor, and Syed Adeeb as its columnist, feature writer and U.S. correspondent.[1][2]

Editorial position[edit]

The editorial staff, which is predominantly from the Afridi tribe, has been supportive of the Jirga system of government, referring to it as "one of the most time-honoured institutions in the tribal world".[3]

In January 2010, the paper issued an editorial harshly criticising the sudden demonisation of the Pakistani government, after the US-backed dictator Pervez Musharraf was removed, and Western accusations that the new government was sponsoring militants in Afghanistan.[4]

Blasphemy case[edit]

In order to understand this case, one really has to look at how the affairs of The Frontier Post were being handled by its management. It's a paper that's been in active decline for the past seven to eight years, steadily it's lost all its good journalists... and basically the problem arose because none of the newspaper monitoring bodies... was bothered enough to look into the affairs of that paper, and to talk to its management about how they were handling it. So if a newspaper employee is drug addicted, such a mistake is quite likely to happen.

—Ahmed Ahmer Khan, The Herald[5]

On January 29, 2001, the Post ran afoul of federal blasphemy laws when it printed a Letter to the editor titled "Why Muslims Hate Jews", sent by eMail seemingly from an American Jew named Ben Z'Dec, that was harshly critical of Islam.[6] Five employees were charged; the paper responded by filing action with the police against two of its employees it believed had deliberately inserted the letter without approval, hoping to harm the media outlet.[6][7][8][9] Vandals later attacked the Post's offices in retaliation for the perceived offence, and set the printing press on fire.[10][11]

Ultimately charges were only upheld against four men, Munawwar Mohsin who had been directly responsible for printing the letter in the paper, news editor Aftab Ahmad and Computers Chief Wajeehul Hassan, and General Editor Mahmood Shah Afridi. Mohsin was convicted, Ahmad and Hassan were acquitted, and Afridi absconded.[11]

The trial revealed that the Post had hired Mohsin only days before he printed the letter, unaware that he was a drug addict who had fled from the local mental hospital, since they were hardpressed to find English-speaking people willing to help coordinate the publication of their paper. He was convicted of the blasphemy charges and sentenced to life imprisonment, but found to be "mentally ill".[citation needed]

According to The Globe, the paper was ultimately "not guilty of blasphemy...it was guilty of inefficiency".[12]

In June 2001, similar charges were laid against the Urdu-language paper Mohasib.[9]

Columnists[edit]

  • Amjed Jaaved[13] 1.Books Published.

a. ISBN 9781301505944, Title: TERRORISM, JIHAD, NUKES AND OTHER ISSUES IN FOCUS,Author: Amjed Jaaved,Publisher: Smashwords, Inc. b. Essays,ISBN 9781310239991, c. Behaviour at Workplace ISBN 9781310528163 d. Role of Media in Twenty-First Century ISBN 9781311732095 e. The Dark Side of Democracy (India-Pakistan Context)ISBN 9781301018802 f. India's Democracy: A Research Paper ISBN 9781310682254 g. Civilisations, Societies and Cultures. Structure of Pakistan’s Society (in process) He has been contributing free lance for over 45 years. He is author ofseven books (ISBN quoted above).He retired after serving the Punjab and federal Government, including the Inter-Services Intelligence, for cumulative period of 39 years. He has been contributing free lance for over 45 years beginning from Morning News and Dawn Karachi. His contributions stand published in all leading dailies of Pakistan (News International, Nation, Dawn, Daily Times, etc. and abroad (Nepal, Bangladesh). He is still looking up for some teaching or writing (editing, research) job or assignment at home or abroad. Dr. Sher Zaman[14]

  • Sajid Ansari
  • Feyyaz M. Pasha
  • Dr. Tanvir Hussain Bhatti
  • Mujtaba Haider Zaidi (Writer, lawyer and pioneer playwright of Theatre of the Absurd in Urdu Literature)
  • Farman Nawaz
  • Saqib Tanveer
  • Yusuf Lodhi
  • Afrasiab Khattak
  • Air Commodore (Retd) Khalid Iqbal TI(M).He is intellectual.
  • Ghulam Asghar Khan
  • Dr. Abdul Ruff
  • Barrister Amjad Malik
  • Sajjad Shaukat
  • Dr. Raja Muhammad Khan
  • Asad Khan Bettini
  • Maryam Gillani
  • Dr Inayatullah Fazi
  • Syed Usman Azhar
  • Zaheerul Hassan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Bridge of Words Between East and West Khaled Ahmed.
  2. ^ Journalist Syed Adeeb interview to America's C-SPAN TV
  3. ^ Amritsar to Lahore: A Journey Across the India-Pakistan Border", Stephen Alter, p. 101
  4. ^ "Facing Defeat in Afghanistan, U.S. 'Lies' About Pakistan's ISI: The Frontier Post, Pakistan". Worldmeets. 15 June 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  5. ^ ABC, Pakistani Media, 8 March 2001
  6. ^ a b "Riots over Pakistan 'blasphemy' letter". BBC News. 31 January 2001. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Islamic Center of Southern California, The Minaret, "A Tale of Two Newspapers", Volume 23 2001
  8. ^ Tikekar, Maneesha. "Across the Wagah: An Indian's Sojurn in Pakistan", p. 230
  9. ^ a b Karatnycky, Adrian. "Freedom in the World: The Annual Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties". Page 461
  10. ^ Washington Post: "In Pakistan: A Press Only So Free", 16 February 2001
  11. ^ a b "Pakistan journalist appeals life term". BBC News. 10 July 2003. Retrieved 8 February 2014. 
  12. ^ The Globe: a new review of world-literature, society, religion, art and politics ", Volume 14, p. 82
  13. ^ Karzai the poppy raja, taxing the lords, terrorism: A failure in governance, etc)
  14. ^ Taizi

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