“This Ali Abbas Taj let it be known, is another coward who is a puppet of Nishapuri who calls himself ‘former editor’ but orchestrates hate.”
This is how Raza Rumi, the Editor of The Friday Times (TFT) and a director at the Jinnah Institute (JI) denounced Ali Abbas Taj, the Editor of LUBP and the World Shia Forum. Raza Rumi, a promoter of the Takfiri Deobandis, did not tell on what basis he thought Mr Taj was a coward. But he did not have to. Like his Takfiri brethren, he just demonizes anyone who happens to ask him a question which exposes. What was Mr Taj’s question? “Who finances the JI?” There were other questions too asked by the likes of Abdul Nishpuri and Ada Khakwani: “If you [i.e., Raza Rumi] are a genuine liberal, why has The Friday Times become a forum for the Takfiri ASWJ-LeJ to promote anti-Shia hate speech? Does the ISI fund the JI through a private bank?”
“You are terrorist?” Thus Raza Rumi threatened Ada Khakwani. “I know who you are. You hide behind a false name and I know where you live.” About the LUBP editorial staff, he tweeted,
“Ali Abbas Taj name in FIR in 2 police stations in Karachi along with his fellows/LUBP. Let me now get his warrant.”
Saqlain Imam a senior and one of the most respected journalist of South Asian and now with the BBC, stepped in. He asked Raza Rumi: Do questioning the nature of the contents published in The Friday Times and the source of the funding of the JI constitute hate speech?
Coming from a seasoned journalist, one would have thought Raza Rumi would show some respect to him. But he threatened Saqlain Imam too: “You are merging hate speech and the freedom of speech.” Rumi went on harassing Mr Imam: “You are misinformed and regurgitating hate speech.”
Mr Imam politely said that Rumi’s was an ad. “Thanks for your patience. No more interaction.”
But the blood thirst of Rumi was not quenched. He intensified his assault on Mr Imam: “You are the one who has not bothered to investigate anything and indulge in ad hominem.”nIn the end Raza Rumi succeeded. First he silenced Ada Khakwani, and now he has silenced the voice of Saqlaim Imam on the issue of the credibility of The Friday Times and the JI. What is the difference between Mallik Ishaq of the LeJ and Raza Rumi of the FT-LeJ? Not much. Mallik Ishaq silences Shias by murdering them. Rumi silences them by threatening them with the implication that he has some hidden and not-so-hidden powers at his disposal. At the end of the day, both of them have the same goal: to silence opposition. Incidentally all the journalists and bloggers Rumi has threatened are Shias.
The Pakistan Human Rights Commission and other national and international institutions should take notice of Razi Rumi’s fascism before it is too late.
Below are some relevant tweets: