Religious broadcast by GEO TV linked to Murder of two Ahmadi Muslim Leaders



    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is joined by
international journalists and human rights organizations to denounce the
brutal murders of two eminent Ahmadi leaders by religious extremists in
Pakistan.
    The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemned inflammatory
broadcast and link to murders in Pakistan. "IFJ is horrified to learn that two
people belonging to a minority religious sect in Pakistan were murdered
shortly after a broadcaster on one of the country's main television channels
urged viewers to kill "blasphemers" and "apostates" as a religious duty"(1).
    The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan also condemned the killings and
called for an end to hate preaching through the media. "The government must
ensure that the killers of the Ahmadi citizens are brought to justice and that
nobody is allowed to use the media, especially the electronic one, to preach
communal hatred and fratricide. The TV channel also has a duty to reign in
irresponsible comperes. Failure to do so will confirm its complicity in a
heinous crime"(2).
    The highly offensive program that was aired in Asia, Europe and North
America (Aalim Online - GEO TV - September 7, 2008) attempted to ridicule the
holy founder of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and openly declared
holders of Ahmadiyya Muslim belief as "wajib-ul-qatl" (deserving of death). It
is no surprise that such venomous broadcast led to murder of innocent Ahmadis.
    However, as with prior murders of Ahmadi Muslims, no concrete action has
been taken by authorities in Pakistan and in this case by the GEO TV
(broadcaster of the offensive program Aalim Online). The host of the
violence-preaching program is unrepentant and continues to broadcast on air.
The DVDs of the violence-preaching program are being distributed in Pakistan
and the program can be viewed on the Internet.
    On September 7, 2008, "Aalim Online", aired on GEO TV, incited religious
hatred and violence against the members of the Ahmadiyya Community. The host
of the program, Aamir Liaqat Hussain (former Federal Minister of Religious
Affairs), and his two guest panelists, Maulana Mohammad Ameen and Dr. Saeed
Inayatulla, referred to members of the Ahmadiyya Community as "kafir"
(infidel) and maintained that anyone who holds beliefs as Ahmadi Muslims is
"wajib-ul-qatl" (deserving of death). Guest panelists referred to the
extermination of the members of the Ahmadiyya Community as incumbent upon all
Muslims.
    Subsequent to the program, religious zealots murdered two eminent members
of the Ahmadiyya Community. On September 8, 2008, Dr. Abdul Mannan Siddiqi was
shot multiple times and killed by extremists who barged into his medical
clinic while he was attending to his patients. Similarly, the next day, Saith
Muhammad Yusuf was shot and killed, also while at his workplace. Both men were
leaders of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Pakistan.
    GEO TV is available through satellite television and over the Internet.
In Canada, it is also available to cable subscribers.
    "Through programs such as Aalim Online, the message of hate is arriving
in the peaceful country of Canada. The so called clerics are capable of
poisoning the calm waters of this great nation," said Naseem Mahdi, Senior
Vice President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. "Every member of the civil
society should condemn the barbaric acts of violence against Ahmadi Muslims
and be ever vigilant not to allow the message of hate to enter Canada," he
added.
    In 1974, the Pakistan Constitution was amended to declare the Ahmadiyya
Community as non-Muslim. Also, the Ahmadiyya Community is condemned by
religious extremists for its peaceful interpretation of jihad (holy struggle)
and its disassociation with war and retaliation. In 1984, the peaceful
self-representation and practice of Islam by the members of the Ahmadiyya
Community was made criminal, and in some cases, subject to the death penalty.
The United Nations Sub-Commission on Human Rights and numerous human rights
organizations have all called for the repeal of all criminal laws, which
prohibit the religious freedom of the Ahmadiyya Community in Pakistan.
    "By spreading lies about Ahmadis and their beliefs, and calling for their
killing, religious extremists incite hatred and violence, and commit
terrorism, thereby defiling the true, peaceful and loving message of Islam,"
said Mr. Lal Khan Malik, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in
Canada.
    The International Community and media are urged to take notice of the
ever-increasing persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

    
    (1)
http://asiapacific.ifj.org/en/articles/ifj-condemns-inflammatory-broadcast-and
-link-to-murders-in-pakistan
    (2)
http://www.hrcp-web.org/hrcpDetail_2.cfm?catId=180&catName=Press%20Releases
    





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