– Screen shot of Kamran Khan’s farewell show on Geo News
– Screen shot of Kamran Khan’s farewell show on Geo News

KARACHI: Senior journalist and anchorperson Kamran Khan on Thursday night announced that he is leaving Geo TV, where he used to host nightly show “Aaj Kamran Khan Ke Sath”.

Sources belonging to journalist fraternity said that Khan has joined Bol Network – an upcoming private media group.

He is one of the several senior staffers who have left the beleaguered news channel in the recent past including religious scholar Dr Amir Liaquat Hussain.

Liaquat – famous for hosting Ramazan transmission – has joined Express media group after resigning from the Geo TV.

In a highly emotional tone, Khan bid adieu to his audience earlier tonight on his show.

Geo News, part of the privately-owned Jang Group, had served a legal notice on the Ministry of Defence, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) for defaming and maligning the group after a suspension of the channel's license for 15 days along with a fine of Rs10 million last month.

In April, the defence ministry had demanded that the license of Geo News be suspended after it provided air space to journalist Amir Mir who accused the ISI for being behind the shooting of his brother Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan's most famous television anchormen.

Since the dispute began, Geo News has been taken off the air in several parts of the country or been moved to obscure slots on the channel lineup by the cable operators, allegedly under pressure from the military, according to the lawsuit.

Distribution of the parent group's newspapers has also been disrupted.

Last month, the channel apologised for the allegations in an attempt to resolve the issue.

April's shooting of Hamid Mir sent a chill through the journalists’ community weeks after television anchor Raza Rumi was attacked in Lahore. Rumi survived but his driver was shot dead.



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Aamir
Jul 25, 2014 12:09am

The main criteria behind the emotional decision is " money".

Sana Jahan
Jul 25, 2014 01:16am

left for better salary

Khurram
Jul 25, 2014 01:16am

Not a surprise at all. Many people knew about his joining of Bol months ago.

atif
Jul 25, 2014 01:24am

@Aamir agreed, no principle except sheer greed

syed wasim haider
Jul 25, 2014 01:31am

Not a good day for GEO, will miss him.

Sultan Ali
Jul 25, 2014 01:32am

Every Boady have right to secure their carrer, i see as a bold step :)

Munir
Jul 25, 2014 01:35am

It is correct decision that the Channel is off air and only online broadcast is not enough to make the most of his efforts and hard work.

A. Mirza
Jul 25, 2014 01:40am

Geo is a sinking titanic! Its time to jump ship.

usher
Jul 25, 2014 01:57am

@Aamir What's wrong about it? he is a professional journalist. Do you think he has sold his soul to Geo? We have this mentality where employers believe that paying his employee is a great kindness and the employee must oblige to serve his employer for life time.

ahsen
Jul 25, 2014 01:59am

please do not call amir liaqat as 'religious scholar'...

Abdul Mannan Mulla
Jul 25, 2014 02:04am

I see cracks falling in GEO. Don't be surprised, cause more "big" names, will follow Kamran Khan's foot-steps. Mr. Khan has taken a very wise step to quit GEO. May Allah (SWT) grant him good health and success in BOL.

Omar
Jul 25, 2014 02:06am

i get emotional too when i see Green,lots and lots of Green,LOL. BTW one person tweets 3 decades and other journalist 12 years. As always, news in Pakistan is highly suspect.

Faisal
Jul 25, 2014 02:15am

Absolutely. He should not be even called a Dr. (we all know where that came from). Hosting a religious show does not make him a scholar on the subject. What hurts me most that in some channels he is called to give opinion on religious matters as well. I hope these media people stop calling and prorating him as a religious scholar.

malick.
Jul 25, 2014 02:24am

Kamran and Ameer , are reaping what they soad on PPP ground in 2009_2013 election.

Sacho
Jul 25, 2014 02:29am

The power of ISI.if u dare post my comment lol

AJamal
Jul 25, 2014 02:39am

@Omar. Get your facts corrected. 30 years with Jang including 12 with Geo. Simple as that.

Asad mahmood
Jul 25, 2014 02:42am

Emotional buys !!!!! Kamran khan....but why? It's a professional decision & should be taken as such.....God for sake please improve the standard of our journalism....

Amin Syed
Jul 25, 2014 02:50am

Religious scholar Dr Amir Liaquat Hussain??? Really! Who said that? He was an anchor person of a religious program not a scholar!

Atif
Jul 25, 2014 03:07am

Looking at the comments we have so many James. bonds, ever ready to judge, convict and execute. That is the problem of this society: conspiracy theories are a dime a dozen; yeh burdon of proof is ever missing.

imran
Jul 25, 2014 03:15am

so no more long boring commentaries. Why does he explain everything over and over. Why should I even care I dont watch him.

Safdar
Jul 25, 2014 03:19am

@Aamir I agree with you 100%...these anchors are glorified actors and nothing else....

Naseer
Jul 25, 2014 04:09am

Time has proved that all actions taken by President Pervaiz Musharraf were correct and in our country's best interests. Be it the Laas Masjid operation, banning the Geo Channel or action against Iftikhar Choudhry.

sja
Jul 25, 2014 04:28am

ON his retirement I can say that EK ANTHAK BOOLNAY WALLA jo ek hi tone main pura ek ghantay kay program ko apni zaat kay sath joray raha ---- one kind of solo performance in one monotone.

Syed Sadaqain
Jul 25, 2014 04:34am

Honesty is the best Policy. I will watch your program at Bole TV. I don't missed Dr. Shaid Masood Program. Asma is not honest with her profession or She follows Management policy. I watched all Pak Tv Anchors who are honest with their profession.

sja
Jul 25, 2014 04:36am

@Atta ----- you call it a JOKER he looks a RELIGIOUS JOKER SCHOLAR with the parrots on his hands and ELEPHANTS reeling their trunks on the show ----- to be a joke is one thing but to be a JOKER is altogether AN ART and who can do better than your named actor -- Aamir liaquat.

adi
Jul 25, 2014 04:44am

its Big loss for Geo. we will miss u.

Waseem
Jul 25, 2014 05:24am

Kamran khan equipped with great research based journalistic skills. Perhaps something had gone wrong between the policy makers and khan's approach to run this great analytical program!

Syed
Jul 25, 2014 05:40am

who wants to see geo anyway. they are toast now.

Aftab Alam Khan
Jul 25, 2014 05:48am

Is Geo going to be closed.? Dr Amir Liaquat Hussain has already left the Geo, Hamid Mir is not in picture and now Kamran Khan who hosted his famous program,

waqas
Jul 25, 2014 05:49am

money rocks or paisa bolta ha.............

abdul wahab
Jul 25, 2014 06:06am

Somehow this article and all the media portray these anchors and media men as saints! Where as these saints as any other career men are completely and utterly motivated by money be it from politicians or corrupt politicians take najam sethi or example only in pakistan mediaman are given jobs in public office. The lot in media are at best corrupt

Tariq K Sami
Jul 25, 2014 06:29am

No big deal. People change jobs all the time. Good luck to him in his new job. Never really liked his biased reporting.

Syed Sadaqain
Jul 25, 2014 06:32am

Good Luck. I watched you on BOL TV Website. I watched Dr. Shahid Masood, Mubeshir Luqman, Kashif Abbasi and other Honest Anchors Program online

MAD
Jul 25, 2014 08:46am

@Omar He has worked for Jang for 3 years and with Geo for 12 years since the channel was created. Both statements are correct because officially both entities are separate companies.

Em Moosa
Jul 25, 2014 08:59am

Big loss to PML-N. Kamran was the front line batsman portraying Nawaz sharif a lot in his program so much that people calling his show by "Nawaz sharif ka tasweeri khabarnama Kamran khan ki zabani"

Kam
Jul 25, 2014 09:02am

Its good that KK has left geo. He already mentioned that he would himself leave the channel if allegations by Imran Khan on Geo were true. So he cared about his words. Good.

Last Word
Jul 25, 2014 09:43am

The country's premier agency did not redeem itself by attacking journalists in Pakistan but Geo too crossed the redline despite being targeted unlawfully. Kamran departure will be a huge loss to Geo TV but it is nothing new in media circle which one finds in India as well, the show will go on.

shah
Jul 25, 2014 09:52am

Good grief. Yet another news station.

usama umar
Jul 25, 2014 09:55am

oh no...one of my biggest lovely program AKKKS,i miss you so much forever

Ahmed Hasaan
Jul 25, 2014 09:57am

who owns this so called BOL channel, I think GEO has started new channel by the name of BOL after it has lost its popularity.

Salim Khan
Jul 25, 2014 09:58am

This is also a start of the demise of the present PML(N) regime. The last push will be on 14 August when Choudry Nisar will resign and join the people for their struggle to restore the system.

Samad Channa
Jul 25, 2014 10:07am

The rumores of his joining BOL a new venture of secret.................. was in the circles for quite a good time! Should not be a surprise for those who knew the game!

afsar
Jul 25, 2014 10:12am

najam sathi kab jay ga.

Concerned pakistani
Jul 25, 2014 10:21am

@ahsen I agree with you 1000% :) He is a drama!

Haziq
Jul 25, 2014 10:27am

its a good step now its time for other Tv channels to come forward

Fahd Siddiqui
Jul 25, 2014 12:20pm

@usher Right I agree with you. But please consider that being a professional also requires him not to make a sentimental and emotional departure. Just accept that it is a professional decision and move on.

Noman Ahmad
Jul 25, 2014 02:40pm

Firstly, I don't think Amir Liaqat is a religious scholar or a doctor for that matter. Thank God BOL didn't hire him otherwise all their talk of bringing some sense to our screens would've gone down the pipe. Secondly, a brave decision by Mr.Kamran Khan. All those accusing him of running after a higher paycheck, please keep in mind that it's his right to decide whats best for his family. Current state of Geo Tv left him with no choice. He is a professional and needs an audience to listen to him. Looking forward to seeing him on BOL.

Rizwan Kamal
Jul 25, 2014 02:54pm

ISI pressure tactics, GEO is off air for 3 months and 95% of coverage in Pakistan is blocked by force and we all know who is behind this. We should question, is this supremacy of law or power of a force? Where ever he goes, he is professional, unbiased and thorough journalist.

Tariq Ali
Jul 25, 2014 08:00pm

I think there is need for Kamran to exactly declare the reason for resignation otherwise he will be subjected to speculations (mostly negative) for time to come.

AUH
Jul 25, 2014 11:30pm

@Aamir Can you blame him for that? Its his right to earn more money if he can.

I'd be more disappointed if he left GEO because of some internal or external pressure.

khawaja masood
Jul 26, 2014 02:16am

Kamran khan sb i will miss you on geo ALLAH bless you and your family. please keep on working for strong bases of Pakistan

Naveed
Jul 26, 2014 02:21am

I wondered why Mush couldnt do these things against Geo in his time, i think that time tide was against Mush even in ISI. ISI have shown ppl it can bring anybody on knees even money is being pumped from outside. Welldone ISI we are proud of U as an intelligence organization

khan Hadi sherai
Jul 26, 2014 04:09am

what a loss for geo network

Osama Khan
Jul 26, 2014 12:35pm

Right decision,

Muhammad Ilyas
Jul 26, 2014 08:47pm

Kamran Khan left Geo. A brilliant journalist of Pakistan. a great loss for Jang/Geo. Good luck for Kamran sb.

Pakistani
Jul 26, 2014 09:25pm

I resent when you call Aamir Liaquat a religious scholar.

rashid siddiqui
Jul 26, 2014 10:30pm

If Amir Liaquat can be labeled a religious scholar than so can Karl Marx

Iftikhar Mian
Jul 26, 2014 11:33pm

We mis Mr. Kamran Khan at Geo news. Most of well educated viewers like him too much because they think that he analyses evets & facts in a very realistic way. Where can we watch him?

itrat
Jul 27, 2014 12:50am

Dr . Amir Liaquat A.K.A Mango Doctor

Meesaq Zaidi
Jul 27, 2014 01:02am

I belong to Kamran Khan's professional 'Biradari'. 40 years in electronic media. It is a welcome step. You had lost credibility at Geo tv. Consequently you had lost your audience. Nothing new in it. It happens. Viewers love you; viewers hate you as a consequence of such events. Never repent. Learn lessons. CONGRATS to Bol that they have acquired the services of an experienced journalist. I do believe that Bol will be the voice of the people anywhere in the world.

Er.RR Kalia
Jul 27, 2014 02:04am

I am regular listener on your programme "Aaj Kamran khan ke saath"you are very good news presentor and your analysis are very deeply thought of we are going to miss you on Geo Tv. Wish you best of luck for your future assignment.regsrds RR Kalia

ahmedkhan
Jul 27, 2014 03:33am

@Rizwan Kamal

deinately power of ISI in full force. Despite orders from Supreme Court and Pemra, GEO is not being shown in most of Pakistan. WHY? Because of loss of exposure, the senior journalists are leaving the channel. ISI is above all laws. Pakistan is hundreds of years away from the time when supremacy of the country's law will prevail.

Fazal Karim
Jul 27, 2014 04:02am

I guess real reason behind Kamran Khan departure is fearless anti corruption campaign. Geo owners are pressured by corrupt politicians to stop this. It will be great loss to GEO and viewers.

Umer Hamid Enam
Jul 27, 2014 05:15am

KK has the right to think and acts for a better earning.

Umer Hamid Enam
Jul 27, 2014 05:15am

@A. Mirza you jump on jump

Umer Hamid Enam
Jul 27, 2014 05:23am

@afsar I used to love his program, but now after the 35 punctures I hate him he isn't loyal to the people of Pakistan

Omar Khan
Jul 27, 2014 07:04am

Good for him... Live long and prosper bother

Omar
Jul 27, 2014 07:09am

@AJamal I think you need to check before commenting.His site says that he started early 90s as news correspondent with thenews paper. Even if we assume 1990,that would make it 24 years. early 90s actually brings his years closer to 20 .Only in Pakistan we fudge numbers to extreme.

Abdul Rahman Khan
Jul 27, 2014 10:18am

Certainly, paisa (money) BOLta hai in this matter (as was in the case of former deserter).

Shah
Jul 27, 2014 11:32am

A good win for establishment. They have successfully weakend Geo n Jang. A reshaping of careers, i mean by farishtay.

Rahe
Jul 27, 2014 12:13pm

When it came to Mir.Shakeelur Rehman vs ISI , ISI prevailed. It was not ISI vs Journalism, Geo as a news channel was the kingmaker before it hit the wrong shot.

Azmeen
Jul 27, 2014 01:23pm

It is out of greed, and might be pressure from ???, that senior anchors are leaving Geo News. Any way it is their choice,

Ali Raza
Jul 27, 2014 03:28pm

@Rizwan Kamal who ever is behind it- good riddance

Ali Raza
Jul 27, 2014 03:30pm

@Last Word does law work?

Ali Pasha
Jul 27, 2014 06:07pm

He has mis lead viewers in most of his non-sense programmes... he will go to any channel smelling of US Dollars... He could have served the country well like some of the other anchors.

sharukh
Jul 27, 2014 09:21pm

i miss geo and sensible news talk

nadeem
Jul 27, 2014 10:08pm

Very exelant desigeon.

Samandar Nichari
Jul 28, 2014 05:39am

The senior journalist and anchorperson Kamran Khan has always been behind the reality of an issue to be exposed in front of the nation.

WHY DID HE LEAVE GEO NETWORK?

In one of his shows after the attack on Hamid Mir, Senior Journalist Kamran Khan stated that He will stoping working with this television network (Geo Network) if he gets it involved with the things that it is being alleged for. Therefore, As He stated in his show and now He has done it. So, We can surely say that He must have found it (Geo Network) being involved in the allegations that it received from various individuals and institutions.

Lastly, the same situation should be behind the resignation of Dr. Liquat Hussain.

Sahil Khan
Jul 28, 2014 09:36pm

Excuse me Dawn, but please don't call Aamir Liaqat a " religious scholar". Proof of his fake degrees, vulgar comments on "Jahil online" and his hypocrisy is all over the Google and YouTube. thanks.

Insaan
Jul 29, 2014 07:30am

"including religious scholar...." this is how you make people's mind, thanks Dawn for letting people know what the leading newspaper think about celebrities i.e. religious scholars. no wonder the country is going down.

Shan
Jul 29, 2014 07:30am

It is money Game ! When you were on top you did not leave Geo and they provide hot seat and when Geo in such drastic positions! such selfish people are leaving it one by one! this is only Selfishness! You grow with them and now you have defend it rather leaving it! such shame for selfish media.

ding
Jul 29, 2014 04:53pm

I strongly believe, it is the fear for life from dark forces NOT money. How much and for how long a weak citizen can fight with the dark forces. Inside the TV station they appear to be someone but outside they are more at risk than an ordinary member of society. GOD save them all and bless them all.

Syed Ahmed
Jul 29, 2014 11:00pm

I guess, Kamaran Khan stayed with Geo group during it difficult period, but having notice no positive change in their negative attitude he decided to leave.