Kamran Khan

Published on by KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ


Kamran Khan (Urduکامران خان‎) is a an investigative journalist as well as an espionage and intelligence commentator.[1] Currently, he is the director of the News Intelligence Unit (NIU), where he manages and publishes investigative reports for News International. He is the Geo TV's lead anchor during special news and landmark events. His first stint on television as an anchor was on Geo’s programme, "Frontline." [1][2]

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.[3]

Career in journalism


Daniel Pearl

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.[3] 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".[3] 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.[3] Nomani was an American Muslim who holds the U.S. passport and also noted that it was Daniel Pearl who brought her to Karachi to work with him.[3]
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."[3] 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.[4]
The widow of kidnapped and murdered journalist Daniel PearlMariane 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.[3] Revealing this information was equivalent to a "death sentence" in Pakistan, according to the memoir.[3] Khan told the Washington Post that he was simply pursuing the story aggressively and didn't mean any harm.[3][4]


Geo Television

Khan's first stint on television as an anchor was on Geo’s program, “Frontline.” He has now a new show on Geo, “ Aaj Kamran Khan Ke Saath”, this show is a late edition for political enthusiasts, offering them a daily news round-up.[1] On Pakistan TV, Khan who is "critical of the Pakistan government", blasted it for incompetence on the capture and killing of Osama Bin Ladan. He said, "We had belief that our defenses were impenetrable, but look what has happened. Such a massive intrusion and it went undetected."



Enhanced by Zemanta

Comment on this post