On March 26 Ayesha Siddiqa, the author of a seminal work on Pakistan's armed forces,
Army Military Inc., and Friday op-ed contributor for Dawn wrote this on her Facebook page:
"Absolutely miffed at how Dawn's current set of editors have turned the paper conpletely into a something that can only follow 'partyline'. So much for freedom of press. While they allow for careful leaks from within to be published as front page stories, they would edit my column mercilessly to keep the establishment h...appy. This is no free media but a carefully guided media."
On March 28 her status update read:
"Good news - one of my facebook friends squeeled to the editor sahib and reproduced my facebook entry about Dawn which was used an excuse to finally get rid of me. So, it is goodbye Dawn. I hope Mr squeeler remembers to pass on this post as well."
We had been overhearing some chatter about this recently, with Dawn op-ed people basically calling her 'Ayesha-sloppy-copy-Siddiqa' and Ayesha basically telling everyone in cyberia about those spineless morons at Dawn. But we never thought it would end quite like this: as Pakistan’s first bonafide Facebook-related sacking.
Ayesha Siddiqa's is an important voice in Pakistan's current political discourse and she may not be a great stylist but she makes sense most of the time. So where to now for her? Could it be The News, where nobody would ever think of even proof-reading an op-ed let alone edit it...? Or could
Army Military Inc end up at Lakson Inc?