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Kamran Khan, Azhar Abbas & four other top journalists desert BOL

KARACHI: Veteran journalist Kamran Khan listening to the voice of his conscience on Saturday announced to dissociate himself from BOL media group following investigations into Axact scam, ARY News reported.

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In his message on micro-blogging site Twitter, Kamran Khan announced to dissociate himself from BOL on immediate basis.

He wrote: Although the charges against Axact are far from proven, but my conscience is not letting me continue.

Earlier in another tweet, Khan had indicated that he and several other respected journalists associated with BOL are reviewing the situation and will make a judgment soon, which he made in the next five hours.

His tweet also had a mention that the ‘truth must prevail’.

Kamran Khan was working as the president and editor in-chief of BOL media group.

The veteran journalist had quit Geo/Jang group after 35 years of his association a few months ago and had joined BOL.

Earlier, Khan in his interviews had vowed to quit BOL if the charges against Axact were substantiated, but it seems that the renowned investigative journalist had an idea of what the entire story will be turning into, which made him act timely.

Kamran Khan quit Geo TV on July 24, 2014. And few days later, on July 27 2014, he joined BOL Media Group as President and Editor-in-Chief.

Kamran Khan’s decision prompts many to follow

After Kamran Khan, CEO BOL TV Azhar Abbas, senior executive vice president Iftikhar Ahmed and renowned anchorperson Asma Shirazi have also announced to leave BOL.

In his tweet, Azhar Abbas said, “After speaking to my editors and staff I have have resigned from BOL”.

“We created BOL to uphold the truth not to cover or twist it,” Abbas said in an earlier tweet. “We are not in the business of cover-ups regardless of personal cost or consequences.” Asma Shirzai in her tweets said that the recent situation ‘shattered her confidence in BOL’s ownership’.

“I can’t continue work at a place where I have doubts about ethics that govern it,” she mentioned. “I had joined BOL on assurance of credibility, transparency of its funding and its stated commitment to raising standards of journalism in Pakistan.”

Iftikhar Ahmed, who joined Bol as senior executive vice president also resigned. He posted a message at his official account as follows:


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Along with these, senior journalist Wajahat S Khan also announced to detach himself from BOL.

“It’s done. I will be back, but not on BOL,” tweeted the journo. “Pakistan Zindabad. Journalism Paindabad.”

“We were supposed to change the system, not corrupt it further,” Khan lamented in his message on Twitter.

Nusrat Javeed tweeted “Although I strongly feel that my colleagues in media rushed to pass final judgment regarding our relations with Bol. Yet I am quitting.”

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