Moeed Pirzada

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Moeed Pirzada (Urduپیرزاده معيد‎) is a Pakistani political commentator and TV journalist.[5][6][7][8] He is currently working as Director World Affairs and lead anchor person for PTV News-TV channel[9][10] and hosts a popular talk show Sochta Pakistan,[11][12] a program that discusses national, regional, strategic, social and educational issues with leading politicians, analysts and policy makers. Previously, he was working with Dunya News-TV channel[13] as Director World Affairs and was hosting a current affair talk show Dunya Today.[14][15] He has also Khaleej Times.[16][17] His columns have also appeared in Pakistani papers like Dawn,[18] The NewsDaily Times[19][20] and Friday Times Many of such columns had been reproduced in regional websites like Chowk.com[21] and blogs.[22] He has widely spoken in national and international conferences, seminars and policy workshops and is a member of the Prime Minister's Education Task Force[23] that collaborated with British Council to produce the Next Generation Report.[24][25] He has also contributed policy papers to Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI).[26][27]
been a columnist for Dubai based regional paper


Media achievements

Mr. Pirzada recently moderated the famous interaction of US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton with young Pakistani civil society activists and entrepreneurs on 21 October 2011, in Islamabad's Serena Hotel where a student called Ms. Clinton as 'mother in law of all Pakistanis'.[28][29] Pirzada had also moderated Clinton's first controversial interaction with TV anchors in October 2009 when Clinton had remarked that if Pakistanis do not want the Kerry Lugar Bill aid then they should boldly reject it.[30] As TV journalist he has interviewed leading Pakistani and international decision makers including former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, British Prime Minister David Cameron, President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, AfPak point man Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Admiral Mike Mullen and George Galloway.[31] He also covered the strategic dialogue between US and Pakistan as well as several talks between India and Pakistan including the famous meeting of former President Pervez Musharraf with Indian Prime minister Manmohan Singh at the Non-Aligned Summit in Havana, in 2006. In Sept. 2009, the then US Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson, appeared in his program and denied the existence of US Contractors "Black Water" in Pakistan; a claim that was proved untrue when Raymond Davis was arrested in Lahore in January 2011.

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