NOTE: Hamid Mir, the executive editor of Pakistan's
Geo Television, survived an April 19 assassination
attempt, but was badly injured. The shooting came a
few weeks after the Pakistani government pledged in a
meeting with CPJ to address the insecurity plaguing the country's journalists. Shortly
after the attack, some Pakistani media stated that CPJ had received an emailed video
from Mir saying that if he were killed, Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence
Directorate (ISI) was responsible. Mir recently told CPJ that he had sent a
video to his lawyer, who did not send it to CPJ. The ISI has denied the
allegation it was behind the attack on Mir, according to news reports. This
article was initially published in the daily Urdu-language Jang
newspaper on May 5, 2014.
There are two types of traitors.
The first kind includes those who join
hands with enemies and help enslave their own people. Among the most prominent of
these is Jaffar Ali Khan, whose betrayal, as chief of army in 1757, eventually
led to the British rule of the subcontinent. Over time, Jaffar's name has
become synonymous with treachery.