Identity, Equality, Unity
Critical readers of Pakistani media are long aware of Ahmad Noorani’s (a reporter at the Jang Groups’s newspapers, i.e., The News, Jang) contacts with Takfiri Deobandi terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (currently operating as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat).
According to Pakistan Media Watch, Mr Noorani, a protege of long-time Salafist-Deobandi preacher Mr Ansar Abbasi, is no stranger to religio-political hit jobs. According to research conducted by blogger Mohtasib, in April 2000,
In April 2000, Bahawalpur’s Civil Lines Police registered a case against AhmedNoorani for violating section 144 CrPC, which was imposed to refrain Sipah-e-Sahaba (aka Lashkar-e-Jhangvi or Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat) terrorists from provoking sectarian sentiments in the area known as a hotbed of sectarian militants of Sipah-e-Sahaba. LeJ Chief Malik Ishaq also belongs to the same area and is said to be one of Noorani’s personal acquaintances. Noorani had plastered the walls of Islamia University of Bahawalpur with posters carrying objectionable slogans against Shia and Sunni Barelvi sects (see the police report).
Ahmed Noorani is an Islamabad-based (causally based in Lahore too) correspondent of The News, working under journalist-turned-taliban-spokesperson Ansar Abbasi. While Abbasi is notorious for promoting pro-Taliban extremism, his prodigy Noorani however is allegedly a proclaimed offender for spreading sectarian hatred against Shias and Sunni Barelvis.
Interestingly, the posters according to the police belonged to Noorani Institute of Scientific Education, run by none other than Ahmed Noorani when his age would not be more than 20 years. While his roohani baap Ansar Abbasi is a dangerous person with his half knowledge, Noorani was spreading sectarianism in the name of scientific education. Pardon us but we will have to say again “Allah ne milaee jori”.
Noorani was put behind the bars and later on bailed out. He, however, did not turn up to face the court of law and was consequently declared a proclaimed offender, a title he still holds.
In October 2001, Ahmed Noorani’s cousin Yousaf Noorani and his two initially unidentified accomplices shot and killed over a trivial matter a fellow Islamia University student Rasheed Ahmed at the doorsteps of Abu Bakar Hostel (see the FIR). Deceased’s brother Abdul Sattar was said to be an eyewitness who later identified the other two ‘culprits’, and one of them was Ahmed Noorani.
Abdul Sattar left no stone unturned to get included Ahmed Noorani’s name as one of the murderers, but all his efforts were defeated by Noorani’s chacha (paternal uncle) the infamous journalist Rehmat Ali raazi, who at that time was wielding ruthless powers as the provincial bureaucracy’s tout, courtesy the column he used to write for daily Jang. (It may be pertinent to mention here that the Jang Group’s management had to get rid of Raazi when was presented with volumes of his corruption).
Ahmed Noorani got away of the murder case scot free while his cousin YousafNoorani was handed down death sentence, which was later commuted to life imprisonment, again thanks to chacha Raazi.
But, the haunting ghost of deceased Rasheed Ahmed has made a person with criminal history to rub shoulders with the who is who in the country’s judicial system under the pretext of espousing a noble cause. The hidden agenda however is to remain scot free even while Chacha Raazi has lost his teeth and nails since being expelled from the powerful Jang Group.
Noorani is the same person who along with two other Takfiri Deobandi-Salafists Samad Khurram and Ghulam Mustafa pioneered notorious pro-PMLN, pro-LeJ-ASWJ web site PK Politics and published private pictures of family of Shaheed Salmaan Taseer to incite violence and hatred against him. He also used the same web site to blackmail Haroon-ur-Rasheed and Nazir Naji due to their harsh views on Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba. Some details are provided by Mohtasib on his/her blog.
Ahmad Noorani is the same person who tried to incite violence against HRW director Ali Dayan Hasan and eminent lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir by writing hateful, misleading articles against them based on lies and malice.
Jang Group’s Hizb-ut-Tahrir wing inciting vigilante justice against Ali Dayan Hasan of HRW
Jang Group must stop harassing Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch
Asma Jahangir’s victory is a loss for Jang Group’s yellow journalism – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi
Asma Jahangir against Ansar Abbasi’s henchman
On 21 October 2012, Jang Group’s journalists tried to bully Shia activists and also circulated hate article against Shias, Ahmadis to enable further genocide and persecution.