Shaista Lodhi harassed and then dragged in courts by Mir Shakeel ur Rehman – GEO’s Mafia style Treatment of its Employees Continues…….

  • Shaista Lodhi got MAFIA STYLE response to her recent email to Mir Shakeel in August demanding her salary in accordance with her employee contract with Geo Network
  • Geo replied to the legitimate demand by suing Shaista (Suit No. 1425/2014)for damages citing her responsible as the host of the blasphemous show

Mir Shakil VS Shaista Wahidi

What do you expect when you are cohorting with a venomous snake? It will make others abandon you and one day it will bite you in your own a**!” said my friend who used to work as a stylist at Geo Entertainment while talking about the infamous Shaista Lodhi-blasphemy fiasco.

Shaista Lodhi (previously known as Shaista Wahidi) became a household name for being the exuberant host of the morning shows, more recently at Geo TV Network. However, the same stint at Geo that brought her fame almost destroyed her personal and onscreen life inconsolably.

With the recently surfaced EMAIL Conversation, Mir Shakeel has left Shaista Lodhi alone in the line of fire facing the consequences of the backlash of doing a show that construed anti-Islamic and blasphemous sentiments – but also has added insult to injury by GEO suing Shaista Lodhi itself singling her out to be the responsible person for getting the blasphemous content on air.

Email of Shaista wahidi authenticated by Mir Shakeel himself by submitting it in Suit No. 1425/2014 filed in Sindh High Court!!!

It is no hidden truth that the show was totally orchestrated and planned by Mir Shakeel, who has Veena Malik on his Dubai payroll since the time she let the Indian Media published her nude photos with “ISI” tattooed on her arms. Mir Shakeel was equally responsible for that stint at that time as he is now for this one except for the fact that this time he is totally exposed!

The recent email of Shaista from August 2014 makes startling revelation about how GEO treats rather mistreats its employees no matter what they have delivered in the past for the GEO Mafia. Employees at GEO/Jang group and their family members are questioning that if this treatment is given to the top celebrity like Shaista then how they would deal with employees who do not have celebrity status and are place at middle or junior layers in the organization??

In the email to Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, Shaista insisted that she has been “abandoned” and faced “insulting, callous and degrading” response from her previous employer, even leading to her landlord sending her notice of eviction due to non-payment by her employer as per the contract. She also goes on to reveal that she will not hold back any information regarding the incident (allegedly the involvement of Mir Shakeel in blasphemy fiasco in her show) even claiming to go “all out” if denied her contractual rights and warned of the “consequences which [she] will still want to avoid”.

However, Mir Shakeel ur Rehman – being the master manipulator and blackmailer of his own legion, inversely sued Shaista Lodhi in Sindh High Court! Under the Suit No. 1425/2014 Independent Media Corporation Vs. Shaista Lodhi, the applicant (Independent Media Corporation) goes to blame the defendant, Shaista Lodhi as the one to blame as the host of the show due to which “religious feelings of many Muslims got hurt.” Thus accepting in the court on oath that the feelings of many Muslims got hurt by that program.

Shaista Lodhi VS Mir Shakil

My friend quipped, “Shaista got bit badly by the Baray Mir Sahab! She knew what she was doing while doing that Veena Malik controversial show. She was reluctant to pursue it but she was assured thoroughly by Mir Shakeel not to worry. Look, who is the biggest of her worry now – Mir Shakil himself! Oh the irony!”

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Bit more than they could chew? Jang Group Owner Mir Shakeel-ur-Rahman In Major Legal Fix internationally!

  • Amid multiple legal threats, BOL group currently poses the biggest legal threat to the Mir empire internationally

Being criminally sued in Pakistan is not a new thing for Geo/Jang Group owner Mir Shakeel Ur Rahman where he can take the advantage of our weak judiciary and flaws in our legal system and his affair with Nawaz Government. Not only has this ease at avoiding the litigations and their consequence had elevated his sense of recklessness and confidence of running a blackmailing mafia under the cover of a media organization. But seemingly Mir Shakeel’s fate has thrown him into rather “unchartered territory” for him – the ‘not-so-easy-to-hoodwink” foreign courts!

Mir Shakeel ur Rahman has been known to sabotage any competitor that seeks to get in the way of his own profit maximizing schemes – whether in print or electronic media. He has been successful in manipulating the situations to bring down competitors including famous publication like Pakistan Times in the 70’s. Last year he tried to the same strategy when a competitor named BOL Network surfaced with job offers significantly more lucrative than that offered by Jang and Geo Group. In result, hundreds of Jang/Geo Employees applied in the new media house seeking better career opportunity. Mir Shakeel started a slanderous campaign against BOL, which resulted in BOL filing a lawsuit against Mir Shakeel and his Independent Media Corporation (IMC PVT Ltd). But Mir Shakeel has left no stone unturned to keep the cases pending in the courts by using every hook and crook at his dispense.

Little did he know that he has bitten off more than what he could chew from BOL networkwhomoved the international courts of law to get Mir Shakeel to face his crimes without using his devious ways to keep out of harm’s way.Not only Bol Network managed to launch multiple lawsuits in USA, UK and elsewhere but also get their case registered at Dubai Police. Mir Shakeel-ur-Rahman and his son Mir Ibrahim were arrested by Dubai Police for questioning. This might serve as a shock for Mir Shakeel who considered Dubai to be his ironclad safe harbor from where he controlled his business away from the hands of Pakistani law enforcement agencies.Keeping in view the extent of international exposure and influence of BOL’s parent group being a global IT Enterprise and having many years of experience and partners and legal associates all over the world, it comes as no surprise when they come after him reportedly in USA, UK and also Dubai. Seemingly Mir Shakeel ur Rahman is now in a big fix all across the globe including UAE where he is facing criminal defamation charges and possibly looking at time behind bars and nowhere to run.

The REAL Story behind Kamran Khan’s departure from Geo/Jang Group

In a shocking television transmission that stunned the Pakistani viewers all around the world, distinguished Geo TV anchor, Kamran Khan announced that he is parting ways with Geo/Jang Group, effectively severing a 32-year old bond. Kamran Khan bade goodbye to his now-ex employer media group with much respect and integrity. However, if we delve deeper behind the scenes, there might be more to this shocking move by Kamran Khan.

It may seem that it was an amicable separation, but to the media experts and analysts share a completely different perspective. Geo/Jang Group and its owners have been finding themsleves involved in quite a few controversies over the course of the last year. Kamran Khan was reportedly uncomfortable with Geo News’ stance as dictated by its owner Mir Shakil Ur Rahman; so much so that 30+ years of working in the same organization seemed difficult for Kamran Khan to last any longer.

Reportedly, Kamran Khan voiced his concern regarding all these anti-Pakistani agenda to the owner of Geo/Jang Group and even spoke out about it on air that if Geo News found involved in receiving foreign funding for airing programming found to be biased and selling a paid-for agenda, he will distance himself from this organization. However, Mir Shakil Ur Rehman and company were hell-bent upon following their agenda and since Kamran Khan could not fix this, he decided it would be better to leave with his integrity intact rather than be a part of something he believed to be against Pakistan or the journalistic ethics he believes in.

The recent move by Kamran Khan quitting Jang/Geo network resonates his firm stance at no-toleration policy at being a ethically sold-out journalist for the price of money and his patriotism. For that, Kamran Khan will always be a respected individual in Pakistan. Likewise, his last words on Geo were,” Let the decisions in media enterprises be made in the newsroom and not by the owners. Pakistan will never be truly democratic unless the media is run freely.”

 

 

GEO/JANG Group Owner Mir Shakil ur Rehman faces Criminal charges by Dubai Police at BOL Network’s application

The humid yet cloudy weather at dusk looks like an omen for a storm stirring up in the gulf, but apparently it is not the only storm that is going to have a ripple effect all across the gulf to the Arabian Sea in Pakistan. As what information my friend, who also happens to be a journalist working in a reputable local publication in UAE unraveled to me is no short of a whirlwind shaking up the Pakistani media scene as we know it!

As per his source in Dubai Police, a criminal investigation case (Case No. 1108/2014) against the owners of Jang/Geo Group, Mir Shakil ur Rehman and his son, Mir Ibrahim is being processed at the request by an upcoming Pakistani media group, BOL Network, on the basis of “Criminal Defamation.” Apparently, after initial investigation, Dubai Police has found the claim sound and registered the case and called Mir Shakil and Mir Ibrahim to the Police station. When they didn’t show up after being called twice, the police officials went to their residence at Emirates Hill area. After that, a rather shaky Mir Shakil was seen appearing in the Dubai Police station at Jebel Ali for the related police inquiry roughly around July 10 or so. He was drilled for 3 hours by police official equivalent to an ASI in Pakistan.Imagine what will be the feelings of the person whose one call in Pakistan a few months ago can bring the IG of any province down to his knees.

If proven guilty, Mir Shakil ur Rehman and Mir Ibrahim look at about 5 to 10 years of imprisonment with damages as per the UAE laws against defamation subsequent deportation to land in Pakistan where already around 100 criminal cases are pending against them; This doesn’t seem farfetched considering similar cases resulting in severe actions against the guilty in UAE.

Mir Shakil ur Rehman, not new to the lawsuits in Pakistan, is already facing numerous lawsuits in Pakistani courts brought up by BOL Network after he started spreading organized rumors and tried publishing false news against the upcoming media network in his publications, Daily Jang and The News. But as the judicial process in Pakistan takes ages for cases to be addressed, the legally savvy strategists of BOL stripped him in Dubai as Mir Shakil is known to have permanent residence with large wealth in Dubai

“The Mir family is trying really hard to contain this news from spreading in Pakistani media industry, but this news is already circling among the top media officials with 1-2 members of Geo/Jang’s top management already looking for options to make the move away from being further associated with the Jang group and the Mirs,” said the journalist lighting his cigarette, “Mir Shakil is trying hard to get out of this fix by making their Indian allies put pressure on Dubai prosecutors to kill the case but the case is still alive so far. It’s not easy to shush Dubai Police once they catch the whiff of something suspicious. It’s not Pakistan! This actually can turn out to be Mir Shakil’s worst nightmare. He considered Dubai a safe haven, now the hands of law have clasped him here as well!”

Will Apple remove ‘Geo’,’ Jang’ and ‘The News International’ iOS apps from iTunes Store?

As per CNN iReport, Apple’s motion to dismiss the case rejected by U.S Federal Court.

Apple to either remove the trademark infringing apps by Independent Media Corporation from iTunes store or face the legal proceedings

Just when you think Geo Network would not dare to create another embarrassing scene on an international level for Pakistani Media after the infamous faux pas with their rendezvous with Hindustan Times back in 2013, Geo Network proves to top their earlier mistake off by again making Pakistan’s name hit the news for all the wrong reasons. International Technological circles are abuzz with the latest Trademark Infringement suit being faced by Apple Inc for offering Geo Network’s apps: “Geo News”, “Jang” and “The News International” on iTunes store.

As per the news report on CNN iReport, Apple Inc.  is facing a legal suit (No. 1:13-CV-13130-RWZ), filed by a person named Naeem Ahmed, who claims to own the copyright and trademark usage of the terms “JANG” “GEO” and “THE NEWS INTERNATIONAL”, which happen to be the names of the applications being offered by Independent Media Corporation (Pvt) Limited (Parent company of Geo Network and Daily Jang) through the Apple’s iTunes Store.

apple Geo News iphone app trademark

Previously, Facebook also restricted access to ‘Daily Jang’ and ‘The News International’ official facebook pages in USA, UK and Canada based on the trademark infringement. Google Play, the android app market, has already removed the trademark infringing android apps from being offered in the Play Store to android users based on the trademark infringement claim. Apple, however, opted to serve a ‘Motion to Dismiss’ the trademark infringement notice, in response to which District Justice, of United States Federal Court for District of Massachusetts, has denied Apple’s “Motion to Dismiss” the complaint.

Trademark Infringement seems to merely add a “feather in the cap” for Mir Shakeel ur Rahman, owner of Geo News and Daily Jang, who is no stranger to controversy and lawsuits. Be it tax evasions and financial misrepresentation amounting to millions of Rupees or using his media enterprise for blackmailing, manipulation and promoting paid foreign agendas, the grimy history of Mir Shakeel ur Rahman’s career offers a wide array of utter disregard to laws and ethical boundaries. Despite all the evidences available and even broadcasted on online media, talk shows as well as the “Khara Sach” book published by Mubasher Lucman, the legal and regulatory authority are continuing their act of obliviousness.

Whether Apple decides to fight the legal battle or look for an out-of-settlement after the backlash by removing the controversial infringing apps of Jang, Geo and The News International from its iTunes store, the damage done to Pakistani Media Industry’s reputation and its morality has been done irrevocably by this disregard to intellectual property practiced by Geo Network on an international scale. The Government of Pakistan as well as the concerned regulatory body, PEMRA, should also take notice of the disciplinary violence of international laws at the part of Jang and Geo Network.

Geo Network / Mir Shakeel Caught RED HANDED in TRADEMARK Fraud!

  • 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:

geo fraud application for bol trademark

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.

Geo Fraud - Comparison of Original and Fake Registry

FILE STOLEN

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!

Geo involved in  Trademark Fraud

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.

Go made fake logos to commit trademark fraud

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.

Mir Shakil ur Rahman GEO

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..

GEO Network blatantly violates PEMRA’s policies yet PEMRA stays silent

Petition filed against GEO Network’s channel Geo Kahani for airing objectionable content and violating PEMRA’s policies.

* GEO Network violated the PEMRA policy for all its entertainment channels.
* GEO Kahani airing more than 40% – 70% foreign content against allowed limit of 6%.
* PEMRA’s failure to enforce its policy on GEO Network is discriminatory.
* Petition demands cancellation of GEO Kahani’s license.

Violating the PEMRA policies by airing more than 40% foreign content, Pakistan’s largest law firm has filed a petition on behalf of URDU1 against ‘GEO Kahani’ which comes under the banner of GEO/Jang Network.
GEO Network is on a foreign agenda; promoting foreign content consequently Pakistan being subjected to cultural invasion.

According to PEMRA’s policy, 10% of the entire broadcast content of any entertainment channel can be foreign. Out of this, 4% of foreign content should be English and the remaining 6% can be non-English i.e. dubbed in Urdu or India.
GEO Kahani, however is clearly violating PEMRA policy by broadcasting more than 40% – 70% of foreign content as of today, even after the petition.

Holding power in the industry doesn’t give anyone the right to break laws. PEMRA being the lawful authority is responsible for taking actions against all such illegitimate activities. While in GEO’s case, no such action has taken on this open violation.

It has always been the case that GEO Group influences power circles through its dominancy. Does this mean it also has an influence on PEMRA? Is PEMRA covering GEO or will they take the stand and cancel GEO Kahani’s license in the light of this evidence!

Here’s what the petition states:

  • Geo Network violated the PEMRA policy for all entertainment channels that states that only 10% of the entire broadcasting content can be foreign out of which 4% should be English content while rest of the 6% can include Non-English (Indian or other) content.
  • The Programming of Geo Kahani, a part of Geo Network consists of more than 40% of Foreign content which consist of Indian and other non-English foreign content dubbed in Urdu – which is in clear violation of PEMRA’s aforementioned policy.
  • PEMRA has not taken any action against this blatant violation of its policies by GEO Network on account of latter’s vast influence and power.
  • GEO Network is abusing its dominant position and political influence as Pakistan’s largest media group to oust competitors.
  • PEMRA’s failure to enforce its policy on Geo Network is discriminatory, unreasonable and arbitrary – which is in clear renunciation of PEMRA Ordinance.
  • It is statutory obligation of PEMRA to ensure licenses are treated equally and fairly and do not exceed their programming mix limits imposed in their licensing terms.
  • Such absence of action will have an adverse effect on diversity of electronic media in Pakistan and choice available to viewers.