Identity, Equality, Unity
It is a fact that Aamir Liaquat Hussain was amongst the first anchors in Pakistan’s mainstream media who actively and unapologetically promoted the idea of unity between Sunni and Shia Muslims. Because of his sincere efforts to foster unity in various Islamic sects, Aamir Liaquat has been often criticized, attacked and ridiculed by explicit and hidden bigots sympathetic to Jihadi-Deobandi-Salafi terrorists of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (ASWJ) and Jamaat-ud-Dawan (JuD).
We sincerely hope that he will extend his message of peace and unity towards other communities of Pakistan including Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus etc. In particular, he must refrain from any adverse remarks about Ahmadis which could further aggravate their vulnerability to the bigots of ASWJ, AMTKN and JuD.
In a recent program of Geo TV Ramzan Transmission, Aamir Liaquat and a Sunni scholar honestly and boldly condemned terrorists of ASWJ (SSP/LeJ) and Taliban who are currently involved in massacre of not only Shias but also Sunni Barelvis and moderate Deobandis.
In the program, a caller records protest against brutal target killings of Shias throughout Pakistan. He also refers to beheading of Haseeb Zaidi in Quetta a few days ago: http://criticalppp.com/archives/83219
The Sunni scholar present in the show said how could those be termed as Kafir or Wajib-ul-Qatl after 1985 who had always been Muslims through 1947, 1965, and 1971. He further said no Shia can be a Shia unless he practices Sunnat-e-Rasool (S.A.W.W), and no Sunni can be a Sunni unless he is a Shia (follower) of Hazrat Ali (A.S).
We appreciate the caller, the Sunni scholar and also Aamir Liaquat for allowing a Shia caller’s message about Shia genocide broadcast on a mainstream media. While most anchors and journalists (including many avowed liberals) are zipped over Shia genocide in Pakistan, or in case of Najam Sethi allow murderers like Ahmed Ludhianvi to speak on his show instead of the thousands of Shias killed by his ASWJ-LeJ terrorists, we appreciate that Aamir Liaquat allowed that call to be broadcast on Geo TV.
The following is a Facebook discussion on this post:
C-1: It still boils my blood when it is concluded as ‘bairooni saazish’…
Moderator: True C-1 but we must appreciate the Sunni Shia stance and we must give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they mean the killers are Saudi Funded, who knows? That last part may as well not be there.
C-1 : For me its just progressive vs non-progressive stance….realist vs empty-rhetoric stance. Cuz I have also seen lot of shias who go on blaming USA for the ‘Shia genocide’ that is happening…chanting Amrika Israel Murdabad in the genocide protests.
C-2: Mr. Aamir Laiqat’s shortcomings aside, it is a fact that the base of the spree of Shia Muslim Genocide that has continued for three decades in Pakistan was laid during the CIA-Saudi-ISI led Afghan ‘jehad’ of 1979-1989, and the brainwashed hordes carrying out the killings have been funded by American dollars and Saudi riyals. An important first step in reversing this tide will be stopping this continued inflow.
C-1: I think its gone past the stage where stopping funding will help. Even ignoring the brain-washed Jihadis, there is this wide segment of local population who is simply indifferent to ‘shia genocide’ (including many Shias). This in-difference comes in all shapes.
For some it is “a moment of sorrow, and then next news…”
For some it is “kitnay loog maray *sad face* bairooni sazzish…Amrika/Israel/RAW/ Murdabad!!!”and then for some (my mum for eg.) “tumhe kya zaroorat hay social media per itnay vocal honay ki???”
Then there is a minority mindset, that do consider Shias as Kafir (for whatever reasons), so that automatically takes any sympathy out of equation. And lastly all the state organs (Judiciary, Millitary, Govt.) which comprises people from both these mindsets, can hardly be expected to stop the barbarism.
C-2: As I submitted, stopping funding – and foreign interference otherwise, e.g. takfeeri literature from Saudia that ignites the genocide – will be a first step in the right direction. It will not be an immediate solution. The last time suppressing them took over half a millennium, and even then left its ‘fitna’ remnants, which re-emerge from time to time.
Moderator: What solution can you propose C-1
C-2: As a SHIA I would like my leadership to draw clear lines over two very important things:
1) Shunning and dissociating openly from the minority mindset among Shias who have taken an extremist approach over every Usol-e-deen and Furo-e-deen.
There have many extremist approaches in various Usool-e-deen and Furo-e-deen, but being specific to Shia genocide, nonacademic Tabarrah (by this minority group) is sending a wrong msg about whole school of thought. And this encourages (the whatever lame justification) these Jihadis have to offer.
2) Secondly my leadership needs to realize that gaining support among masses by chanting Amrika Murdabad/Israel Murdabad is simply USELESS.
For 20 years we (Shias) have been single-handedly taking out rallies against Israel on Yomu-e-Qudz on Jummah-tul-Widah. The bombings of these Shia rallies in recent times have exposed that the Jihadis have NO actual sympathy for their own Salafi brothers in Palestine as well.
True that CIA funded these Jihadis in 80’s, but it wasnt with the intention to kill Shias…neither Mossad or RAW has any active interest to train or even fund these anti-shia groups…at most they just feel happy to see us dying, NOTHING MORE!
The real enemy is the local and/or imported EXTREMIST Salafi/Deobandi mindset that works independent of West. It is funded by Gulf, backed by ISI, and has sympathizers in our state institutions (Judiciary, Army, Govt.). So instead of chanting Amrika/Israel Murdabad, which takes the focus away from the actual perpetrators, we need to chant ISI murdabad, Khadim-ul-Harmain Murdabad, and even CJP murdabad.
Allama Shabir Ur Raza Zaidi discusses Shia genocide in a subsequent program of Geo TV’s Ramzan Transmission