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Pakistani news anchor on month-long assignment in Chattanooga

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Shoukat Zardari Shoukat Zardari

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – A high-profile journalist from Karachi, Pakistan is visiting WRCB for the month of October as part of an international journalist mentoring program. This program brings Pakistani journalists to the United States to share their work experience as well as learn from U.S. journalists. The program is organized by the International Center for Journalists and supported by the U.S. State Department.

Mr. Shoukat Zardari is from central Sindh province of Pakistan and where he works for Awaz TV, a regional 24/7 news channel based in Karachi that reaches 55 million people. The audience includes well-known metropolitan cities of other provinces of Pakistan. Mr. Zardari hosts one of Pakistan's most popular shows called Hardline with Shoukat Zardari weekdays at 10:00 p.m.

Hardline with Shoukat Zardari covers political, economic and social issues of Pakistan. The program is known for its tough questions toward politicians, analysts and citizens. The show exercises freedom of speech and has become known as the voice of the people of Sindh province, according to Zardari.

Mr. Zardari recently visited all districts of Sindh. This marked the first time a studio show was recorded on city streets to put elected representatives in front of the masses to hold them accountable to free speech.

Zardari and other Pakistani journalists have been in the U.S. since last week and began their program with briefings in Washington, D.C. The journalists met with U.S. and Pakistani officials to discuss major policy issues, ranging from the use of drones to U.S. aid to Pakistan. Fourteen journalists are visiting different media markets in the U.S.

Zardari says he is a strong believer of friendly relations with US.

"I have been critical of Pakistan for accepting U.S. aid. I want my country to stand on her own feet with her own resources and rely on the potential of the people in Pakistan," Zardari said.

"I am looking forward to learning more about Chattanooga and the U.S. media in general. The people here are very friendly."

Mr. Zardari is working in the WRCB newsroom under the supervision and guidance of WRCB management. News Director Derrall Stalvey said, "Mr. Zardari is here to learn about us; but I believe we have an equal opportunity to learn about his home and the differences in media coverage that we in the U.S. sometimes take for granted."

He will share his Pakistani journalism experience with members of the WRCB as well as viewers and web readers.

You can follow his experience on Twitter or Facebook. He will also blog for WRCBtv.com at this link.

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