By Haider Rifaat
So, the hard hitting truth about Reham Khan’s fake journalism degree finally unraveled yesterday. The 42-year old journalist was thrown under the bus soon after the British newspaper had reported that her degree was forged and that she had not been entirely truthful about her qualifications.
Even the ‘North Lindsay’ officials claimed, ‘We do not have anyone by those names or date of birth having attended this college. We have never done a degree in broadcast journalism.’ This is yet another shocking revelation that has kept me on my toes. Is Pakistan all about corruption? No matter who we trust as politicians or leaders, the end result is mortifying. I was a loyal fan of Reham Khan prior to these allegations, but have now lost all respect for her. I suppose it all boils down to a lifetime of fame and fortune for these barefaced Pakistani media personalities and bureaucrats.
Today, Reham Khan posted a series of tweets on her official Twitter page. One of the messages she tweeted was, “Just because it’s an English newspaper, doesn’t make it good.”
Maybe she expects us to believe in her so called ‘stories’ but in truth, no international magazine or newspaper publishes an article backed up by unsubstantiated evidence. Weren’t the claims made by North Lindsay officials good enough for proof? And last time I checked, forging documents and luring people into believing a lie is pretty much what defines us.
But all in all, I wonder why other international media channels are steadfast in accusing most high profile Pakistanis about their qualifications. Isn’t it embarrassing enough that many Muslim scholars in Pakistan proudly label themselves as ‘doctors’? By perpetuating these filthy practices, we are only tarnishing our country’s image internationally. And not to forget that we have been down that road many times. Reham Khan might have the charisma to deliver great speeches, but the ‘fake’ label that has been thrown on her recently attests her actual standard.
I, for one can barely trust anyone in the political world, especially Pakistan where most politicians have less command over their words. For once, I thought that Khan was a decent addition to Pakistan’s political framwork, but I guess she proved me wrong.