Raza Rumi’s discourse on Pakistan’s Shia Muslims

A few days ago, Raza Rumi (editor of Pak Tea House blog and regular contributor to The Friday Times and Express Tribune) claimed that the notorious military-backed Difa-e-Pakistan Council, a conglomerate of 40 Jihadi-sectarian organizations, also includes Shia representatives in the form of Qazi Niaz Hussain Naqvi of Wafaq-ul-Madaris Shia, and the principal of Jamia al-Muntazir Lahore Hafiz Syed Riaz Hussain Najafi.

Here is a copy of his tweets:

We have confirmed with someone close to Qazi Niaz Hussain Sahab, who has categorically rejected the rumor and termed it ludicrous. He further clarified that neither he, nor Hafiz Riaz Hussain Najafi have ever been associated with the infamous DPC (Difa-e-Pakistan Council), and they do not intend to join it ever either. He also said that if need arises, they shall even issue statements rejecting these false allegations. Anyone aware of the ground realities in Pakistan would know that such a public denial of am unsubstantiated rumour might endanger their lives and by calling them out without any substantial basis is both insensitive and irresponsible!

On what basis has Mr. Rumi made this allegation? Did he seek the clarification from those Shias whom he claims are part of DPC? And what is the point of making these allegations?

The Shia Muslims of Pakistan are already at the receiving end of the ISI-backed Jihadists who want to commit their genocide along with that of other targeted groups like Ahmadis, Sunni Barelvis, Christian and Hindus.

If that is not enough, do they have to suffer further from the dishonest discourse of Pakistan’s Jejune liberals who are either unmoved to write about their genocide, or worse, misrepresent it?

The above observation must not be misconstrued to mean that we are  not aware of the fact that a few Iran-financed, ISI-influenced Shia mullahs do not exist. Of course the existence of such fringe element within Shia community must be highlighted and challenged, as has been done in recent posts by LUBP and Pakistan Blogzine. For example:

http://criticalppp.com/archives/75088
http://criticalppp.com/archives/74905 
 http://pakistanblogzine.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/mwm-must-not-act-as-a-shia-version-of-difa-e-pakistan-council/

This is unlike Raza Rumi and some other “liberals” who resort to generalizing allegations against Pakistan’s Shia community, and distort fact (e.g. alleged participation of Shia leaders in DPC). Moreover, some of them are seen to misrepresent Shia genocide in Quetta as ‘ethnic violence’ while misrepresenting Shia genocide in other areas of Pakistan as ‘sectarian violence’. http://criticalppp.com/archives/74987

On a not very unrelated note, while Shias as well as other communities of Pakistan are increasingly concerned about the lack of attention by Pakistan’s civil society and human rights groups to the silent Shia genocide taking place in various areas and provinces of Pakistan, this is how Raza Rumi rationalized the silence of human rights groups:

With respect, we request Raza Rumi and other “liberals” to carefully review their role in maintaining and contributing to the silence or misrepresentations on State-sponsored Shia genocide in Pakistan. Instead of reminding and encouraging human rights groups to break their silence on Shia genocide, they are in fact encouraging them to do what they are already doing, i.e., remaining silent! http://criticalppp.com/archives/58864

Sadly we note that Raza Rumi and some other liberals have in the past misrepresented Shia genocide in Pakistan as ‘sectarian violence’ and also published false and obfuscating information on this topic. http://criticalppp.com/archives/74987

All we can say is that when future historians will write on Shia genocide in Pakistan, certain names in Pakistani media and blogs will always be remembered for the respective role they played in enabling or confronting the genocide. Choice resides with Raza Rumi and others who claim to be a champion of liberal values and human rights. How would they like to be remembered?

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