Mullah’s crusade against Fauzia Wahab: Jihadi media at its worst – by Ahmed Iqbalabadi

Jang Group has been running a campaign against the PPP and its leadership for the last two years. At the forefront of this campaign are jihadi mindset reflectors like Ansar Abbasi and pseudo-intellectuals like Shahid Masood and Shaheen Sehbai. Add the mischievous Hamid Mir and the investigative journalism of Kamran Khan, what we have are all the ingredients for trouble.

Ansar Abbasi (a leading member of the Pakistani Taliban Union of Journalists – PTUJ) is at it again. With Asif Zardari being at the receiving end from the very beginning, Ansar Abbasi and his group is now continuously targeting the most vocal supporters of the PPP at the leadership level i.e. Fauzia Wahab and Babar Awan. To their credit, both Fauzia Wahab and Babar Awan have been clear in their support on matters which are most “mind boggling” to Ansar Abbasi. These include the judges restoration, the NRO problem and now the Presidential immunity. Babar Awan has been alleged to have received “bribe” from Harris Steel Mills fraudsters and he has been punched every now and then in the media by Ansar Abbasi and Shahid Masood.  As far as Fauzia Wahab is concerned, she has been on the receiving end of the spinning and twisting by Ansar Abbasi for some time now. In December 2009 was the matter of her son’s SMS to Ansar Abbasi which was spun into a “threat” by Ansar Abbasi’s chotu named Ahmed Noorani which was another grand piece of investigative journalism. As it was not a prosecutable offence and that already an apology was tendered, the campaign was made to incite vigilante justice on Fauzia Wahab and her son. Recently in a TV program (Dunya News, 10th May) Ansar Abbasi tried to defame her by saying that “Inn ka bus na chalay to humary garden utar deyn”. What he said came under “slander” of the Defamation Ordinance 2002 and Fauzia Wahab has sent him a notice seeking a public apology else she will file legal proceedings against him. Instead of being apologetic for his mistake, Ansar Abbasi has started using his twisted mind to extract revenge.

In a TV program called “In Focus with Kamran Yousuf” aired on Dawn News on Friday, May 21, 2010, Fauzia Wahab was with Ahsan Iqbal and Ansar Abbasi. Again on the matter of Presidential immunity, Ansar Abbasi was quoting the example of Hazrat Umar (RA) that he was called to the court and that his rule was that of “good governance”. Fauzia Wahab said that at the time of Hazrat Umar (RA) there was no constitution and it was the Quran that was followed. Did she not give a fact? To substantiate her point, she said which was published in Jang but not in The News “Agar Aaien mayn Wirasat (Inheritance) ka koi masla darj hay to hum uss ko issi tarah leyn gay aur iss mayn tabdeeli ki koi gunjaish nahee” but as the Constitution clearly gives out immunity to the President, therefore, the Constitution has to be followed. (http://ejang.jang.com.pk/5-23-2010/images/3841.gif)

What followed next was a deliberate campaign led by Jang Group  with the impact of Ansar Abbasi clearly visible. Words like “Gunah-e-Kabeera” and at some places “Blasphemous” have been said by the likes of Mufti Munib, Mufti Naeem, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Hafiz Hussain, Amir Liaquat Hussain etc.

My question is: Has anyone even heard what she has said? How many people have actually watched the program? Have you had all the information to pass a judgment against a person? As far as I know living abroad, Geo is the most popular channel and even educated people do not know much about Dawn News. So whatever judgment people are passing are possibly without the full picture. We as a nation have started believing in what is being shown to us than what we actually see.

As far as Ansar Abbasi is concerned, he has all the reasons to malign Fauzia Wahab. She will hopefully file a suit against him by the end of the month and he would like her to be pressured in not doing so. At the same time, he is thinking that Fauzia Wahab will run away with all the pressure. I hope and pray to Almighty that she remains there to give people Ansar Abbasi a tough time.

Hope to see you in court-Jihadi friend!

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