The unthinkable has just happened in Pakistani Media. I have written in the past about our media making wrong use of the freedoms given to them and this incident is stark glaring in your face proof of what should never be allowed to happen “on air”
In a program aired on 7th of September 2008 called “Aalim Online” by Dr Aamir Liaqut Hussain as its anchor a religious fatwah or edict was issued terming the killing of Ahmadi sect members to be necessary (Wajib ul Qatal) according to Islamic teachings, because its followers don’t believe in the last prophet, Mohammad, peace be upon him. Dr. Amir repeated his instruction several times, urging fundamentalists Muslims to kill without fear.
While on air the anchor person also pressured the other two Islamic scholars (from two different sects) on the program to support the statement. This resulted in a unanimous decision among the scholars, on air during a popular television show, to urge lynching with the intent to kill. This was not a one-off. On September 9, Mr. Hussain answered a query with the comment that blasphemers are liable to be put to death.
According to the information received, at 1:15pm on September 8, 18 hours after the broadcast, six persons entered the Fazle Umer Clinic, a two-story hospital at Mirpur Khas city and two of them went to the second floor and started pressuring 45 year-old Dr. Abdul Manan Siddiqui to come downstairs to attend to a patient in crisis. Dr. Manan left his office and descended into an ambush. He was shot 11 times and died on the spot. His private guard was also shot and is in a serious condition. A woman was also injured by firing. The killers remained at the hospital until the doctor was declared dead, then they walked out of the building’s front entrance. Police registered the killers as unknown.
On September 9, 48 hours after the broadcast, Mr. Yousaf, a 75 year-old rice trader and district chief of the Ahmadi sect was killed on his way to prayer in Nawab Shah, Sindh province. Yousaf was fired on from people on motor bikes, and sustained three bullet wounds. He died on the way to the hospital. The assailants had taken a route past a police station. No one was arrested.
This is beyond murder this is the utter failure of our media and the programme in question should be immediately blocked, shut down and the anchor tried for accomplice to murder. This is utterly totally disgusting behavior and should be condemned by as many of us as possible!!!
I urge all my fellow Pakistanis to contact and make their voice heard at any and every level of information so that this despicable and bigoted anchor and his reprehensible actions can be brought to swift justice. He may claim that he is not directly responsible but the truth lies in the pudding so as to speak.
Information by Asian Human Rights Commission