- Has GEO Network / Jang group finally LOST whatever remaining Credibility it had?
This is the latest in the series of long running devious schemes of Jang Group and Geo Network that are not panning out well in their favor. It all started with GEO being exposed on media for attempts to defame their upcoming competitor, BOL Network through publishing false allegation in their own newspapers. Further on Geo’s alleged association with RAW unveiled with the publication of the infamous Hindustan Times Story against Pakistan Army, ISI, BOL TV and businessman Aqeel Kareem Dhedi (competitor of GEO’s associate and samdhi, Jehangir Siddiqui), which Hindustan Times later took down with a clarification regretting to publish the false story. There were false anonymous lawsuits filed by GEO’s puppets against BOL network that were all thrown out by courts and all attempts to create administrative problems for BOL by misguiding the political Government went in vain (as per the website of BOL network).
NOW conspirators and believers of unfair competition in the GEO Network made another botched attempt to create a legal issue for BOL: International Media Corporation Pvt. Ltd (a.k.a Geo Network) claimed the word “BOL” to be their trademark!!! – a claim that has now come up as being based on criminal fabrication and forgery at Geo’s end. The Pandora box of GEO’s unending schemes was again re-opened on TV on 17th December 2013 on an exclusive investigative report by a news anchorperson, after disturbing facts and evidences regarding GEO’s fraud and manipulation came up as a result of a sudden raid at Trademark Office by a Nazir of the Sindh High Court on the request of BOL Network.
It all started on June 09, 2013 when the upcoming media organization BOL Network’s first official advertisement in Daily Dawn was published and created a dilemma for Jang / Geo Group when reportedly 95% of their employees applied for the jobs in this new network. Out of the insecurity and fear of upcoming competition, the conspirators in the management of Geo Network applied for the trademark of word “BOL” on June 19, 2013 as per the following application:
Only their efforts met utter disappointment as the management of the upcoming BOL Network had already applied for BOL’s trademark among 165 associated words back in March 2013. This disappointment caused Mir Shakil ur Rahman and his allies to resort to their tried and tested deceitful ways and they forged the registration application for “Pakistan Idol” that was submitted back in 2007 and changed it to “BOL”. Call it oversight or sheer evidence to their devious acts, the application number for both the application remained same (i.e 238904). Further they stole this complete file 238904 from the trademark office.
The Trademark office has made startling revelation to the Nazir of the Honorable Court that the complete file of GEO’s trademark application No. 238904 has been stolen from the office.
However, the Trademark office computerized diary sheet also came to light, showing the user name of trademark officers and showing that the trademark was illegally changed from Pakistan idol to BOL in July 2013, 4 months after BOL Networks application!
In November 2013, prior to the Court Nazir’s raid, GEO filed a false and fictitious lawsuit claiming on the basis of this forgery that BOL is their trademark. As per their statement under oath to the court of law, Geo Network has been planning to bring out a channel by the name of BOL itself and has already been showing the logo on air for “GEO-BOL” in their transmission since many years. It was also stated on oath that GEO Network had no idea before November 2013 that a channel named BOL existed.
While the answers to the above asked questions are out in the open for anyone even with a common man’s diligence, the bigger and more attention seeking question is How a media enterprise committing one fraud after the other, victimizing so many institutions such as Competitor Networks & Pakistan Army and Intelligence, influencing the Judiciary with advertisements and manipulated headlines, blackmailing country’s top corporate and financial bodies like state Bank and SECP, defaulting on billions of loans and taxes, making fun of all laws and ethics, and now even putting a question mark on the corporate legal system and the security of intellectual property in Pakistan, is getting away with all this? How the government has turned an absolute blind eye to such insubordination and tyranny exercised by GEO Network and its owners! With all the evidences hitting the ceiling against GEO Network, it seems only to be a matter of time that GEO Network might trip and fell in the pit of its own dark deeds.
LATEST UPDATE from the BATTLE – JUST IN:
As per our insider source, recently their trademarks for “Jang” “GEO” and “The News International” have been registered internationally by someone but this time very legally and without any forgery taking advantage of their weakness of not having trademark registered internationally. As a result of this acquisition of trademark, the official Facebook pages of Jang and The News International are no longer accessible in U.S.A, Canada, U.K and various other locations due to infringement of trademark rights. Additionally, Google removed the mobile application of The NEWS from its stores on the same basis. This seems like a start of a darker and rocky pathway for Geo Network and Mir Shakil ur Rahman. With this action, it seems that Bol has certainly thrown the ACE as an answer to the powerless tactical cards of GEO. Seems like again BOL has had the final word in this battle..