Yesterday Jang group published an article in which they claimed that more fake tapes would soon be coming out against senior Jang group journalists. It claimed that several journalists including Ansar Abbasi and Saaleh Zafar were on a “government hit list”.
However what these Jang group journalists don’t seem to realize is that every day their own actions and words in the media damn them. They don’t need any government conspiracy to reveal their reality. Just as Hamid Mir has been accused of inciting violence against Khalid Khawaja which directly lead to his death, Ansar Abbasi too is openly inciting violence against Fauzia Wahab. There is no difference between their actions. He (along Ahsan Iqbal of PML-N) deliberately baited her on “In Focus With Kamran Yousuf” (on Friday May 21) and himself introduced the comparision between the situation of Hazrat Umar (RA) and President Zardari. After that he made sure that he publicized her words and wrote an inflammatory article against her published in The News (on Monday May 24) (” Fauzia brings in Islam to defend Zardari”).
Just like Hamid Mir’s accusations against Khalid Khawaja were designed to turn the Taliban against him, Ansar Abbasi’s accusations against Fauzia Wahab have predictably led to an extremist backlash against Fauzia Wahab.
Yesterday, an individual tried to file an FIR against Fauzia Wahab:
LAHORE: A local court on Monday put off till May 27 the hearing of an application seeking registration of a case against PPP MNA Fauzia Wahab for her remarks on Quran and the constitution.
The applicant, Mehwish Chaudhry, argued Fauzia’s remarks have hurt the sentiments of Muslims. Therefore, the court should order the Nishtar Town Police Station to file an FIR against Fauzia under Section 295-A and C.
Additional Session Judge Sajjad Sheikh heard the application and ordered the SHO of said police station to appear before the court on May 27 after seeking explanation from Fauzia Wahab.
Today, the Justice Lawyers Group has filed a petition against the SHO for not registering the FIR against Fauzia Wahab.
The group also accused Wahab of comparing the Pakistan Constitution to the Holy Quran which the lawyers said is blasphemous.
The Court ordered a notification to the SSP investigation to inquire into the incident before any such FIR is registered.
If the case is registered and goes to court, the maximum penalty, if convicted, for the crime is life imprisonment and the minimum is three years imprisonment.
Everyone knows that in Pakistan, people who are publicly accused of blasphemy can often be killed before they are even convicted. Ansar Abbasi knew very well what he was doing when he made false allegations against Fauzia Wahab on national television.
Ansar Abbasi must be arrested for inciting violence against Fauzia Wahab..
Please also refer to this video of “Off the Record” with Kashif Abbasi in which Kashif Abbasi, Sen. Faisal Raza Abidi, Sen. Jamal Leghari and Jang columnist Haroon ul Rasheed all defend Fauzia Wahab’s statements and says that the allegations against her are incorrect. Note that Ansar Abbasi again speaks on this show against Fauzia Wahab despite his own colleague’s defense of her.