Kamran Khan (journalist)
|Alma mater||Karachi University|
|Television||BOL; Formerly Geo TV|
|Title||Aaj Kamran Khan Kay Sath; Anchor|
Kamran Khan (Urdu: کامران خان) is an investigative journalist as well as an espionage and intelligence commentator. Currently, he is the director of the News Intelligence Unit (NIU), where he manages and publishes investigative reports for News International. He was the Geo TV's lead anchor during special news and landmark events. But he announced on 24 July 2014 that he is leaving Geo TV, where he used to host nightly show "Aaj Kamran Khan Ke Sath". His first stint on television as an anchor was on Geo's programme, "Frontline."
Kamran Khan is also special correspondent for the Washington Post. His reports and covered work on current events have appeared in the leading international news correspondents including, Washington Post', Herald Tribune, and Sunday Times.
Career in journalism
In 1998, he became internationally and publicly known for his live coverage of nation's first publicly conducted nuclear tests: Chagai-I. During this time, he conducted several interviews with Pakistani scientists involved in this programme.
In early 2000s, he became publicly known for his coverage and investigative reports on the Daniel Pearl, an American Jew who was kidnapped and killed by al-Qaeda operatives. He was the first journalist to publish his report on ISI intelligence efforts to link India to the kidnapping by raising the possibility that Asra Nomani was in fact a "spy for India", claiming that she was Daniel Pearl's "full-time assistant," identifying her as an "Indian journalist". According to his report, Nomani was an NRI, having born in India and was raised as a Muslim in the United States since the age of 4. Nomani was an American Muslim who holds the US passport and also noted that it was Daniel Pearl who brought her to Karachi to work with him.
He also raised questions about Daniel Pearl's suspicious travel to Karachi from Mumbai, where he was originally based, saying "ISI officials were so intrigued as to why an American newspaper reporter based in Bombay would also establish a full-time residence in Karachi." Writing an opinion in the story, he wrote that "anyone familiar with the fractured relations between Pakistan and India can understand how this sort of characterization could tarnish Daniel Pearl's reputation in Pakistan and weaken public outrage about his brutal killing, a goal some ISI officials might have wanted.
The widow of kidnapped and murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, Mariane Pearl, wrote in in her memoir A Mighty Heart, and singled out Kamran Khan for first writing the story that identified Daniel Pearl as a Jewish reporter. Revealing this information was equivalent to a "death sentence" in Pakistan, according to the memoir. Khan told the Washington Post that he was simply pursuing the story aggressively and didn't mean any harm.
In 2002, Kamran Khan joined the senior staff of the Geo News, a 24-hour news cycle source of the GEO Television. Initially, he worker as cable television's military affairs reporter and first anchored the Geo News political programme, the Frontline.
After wining the acclaimed from the public of anchoring the Frontline, he started anchoring his own show on Geo News, Today with Kamran Khan. On OBL's death, he prudently criticised Prime Minister Yousaf Gillani's government and, blasted it for incompetence on the capture and killing of Osama Bin Ladan. At the ending of his show, he stand to his ground: "We had belief that our defenses were impenetrable, but look what has happened. Such a massive intrusion and it went undetected."
- "Imran Khan". Urdu Wire.com. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
- "Pakistan bans program over sacking of chief justice". CNN.com. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
- Daily Pakistan. "Career Profile". Daily Pakistan. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- Khan, Kamran (30 May 1998). "Interview with Abdul Qadeer Khan". The News International 1998. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
- "Who really killed Danny Pearl?". Salon.com. 22 October 2003. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
- Aziz, Faisal (4 May 2011). "U.S. raid opens Pakistani military to rare domestic criticism". Reuters, 2011 (Pakistan Bureau). Retrieved 30 November 2013.