I just received this from a young man whose identity I shall not reveal (He has already written to The Express Tribune in this regard) :
An article was authored by Mr. Ejaz Haider and published on your website on 12th March 2013 titled: “The Mytilenian Debate and Us”
Reports from Karachi talked about an Ahmadi having died in the bomb attack and rescue workers refusing to pick up his body. Now I am assuming that the rescue workers could not have known that one body belonged to an Ahmadi. And if my assumption is correct, based on what a reporter friend said to me, then the local people must have told them so. And if that is correct, and if the mohalla largely belonged to the Shia, then it won’t be wrong to assume that someone from the Shia community identified the person. Or, worse, both the local Shia and Sunni did.
I have visited Abbas Town a couple of times since the tragedy struck and have had the honour of speaking to some of the Sunni and Shia victims. Anyone from the area can confirm that the rescue work was largely conducted by Shia Scouts and Edhi and Chipa Volunteers using torches and their mobile phones as there was a total blackout after the PMTs caught fire, less than 10 minutes after the first blast.
Let us be pragmatic. How could the scouts or the Edhi and Chipa personnel know the identity of the victims let alone recognize the sect from looking at the dismembered and mutilated bodies and that even in minimum light.
Yes, some neighbours also helped in the work in the darkness of the night but they were not even in their senses when they were collecting limbs of their neighbours.
It is a shame that a seasoned journalist like Ejaz Haider has written such a paragraph. This gives a very negative picture of the community as a whole and that also based on misinformation.
Being a volunteer / scout for about 8-years and being a trained & a certified rescue volunteer I can assure you that these volunteers and scouts are trained to help the injured and not trained to identify the religious inclination of the injured or the dead during their work which is already emotionally stressful in most cases.
Please read below for further clarification.
Sadia Salam : Problem with not just Ejaz Haider but with almost all our journalists/anchors is that they write and say anything they want as far as it sells and what u ask them about the source, they try to hide them selves up under the cover of professional ethics and confidentiality.
Syed Riaz Al-Malik Hajjaji : Sabah Hasan shame on you for using logic, rationale and valid arguements to refute Great European Liberal and Pride of the Oppressed Pious Patriotic Puttar Fauj. Ejaz Haider is truly Pride Of Oppressed Pious Patriotic Puttar (POOPPP) and we must all stand by him and against LUBP liberal fascists. I am sick and tired of first Nishapuri and now Ali Abbas Taj giving voice to diverse voices including Sabah Hasan. This is too much. Why can’t LUBP become Good Liberals like Friends of POOPPP who believe in the values of Ghairat and in suppressing any dissenting voices. Suppressing a dissenting voice is the way of Good Liberal Friends of POOPPP and LUBP must learn to respect and shut up. Ok
Next you will be quoting the fact that some Jafaria organization even gave free apartment to Ahmadi which reported in the News. Shame on you for using facts to discredit POOPPP.
Now you shameless, fact-driven LUBP liberal fascists (thanks to Beena Sarwar for providing this name for LUBP wallas) will quote this fact to counter great POOPPP comrade and European Liberal Ejaz Haider “Forty-three-year-old Mubashir is one of the victims of the bomb blast in Abbas Town March 3. He was not a Shia or Sunni. He was an Ahmadi – the only victim from the community.Next thing you know, you facts-driven LUBP Liberal Fascists (thanks to Beena Sarwar for using that term to define LUBP) will be sharing this fact to counter great POOPPP comrade and European Liberal Puttar Ejaz Haider“A father of two, Mubashir left his home, which is some 10-minute walk away from the entrance of Abbas town where the bomb exploded. The Abbas Town attack that killed at least 50 people and injured over a 100 has brought the neighbours close like never before – irrespective of their ethnic, religious or sectarian affiliations.One organisation that may have played a role in bringing them together is the Jafaria Disaster Management Cell (JDC). “I think it’s the JDC boys who have put the poster up there,” said Ilyas, the victim’s brother-in-law. “I am not sure. But the neighbourhood has been generally very supportive after the tragedy.”The JDC was established by a number of young students in late 2009. It set up its camp at the Abbas Town on the day of the attack and has been working relentlessly.”My Good Liberal comrades have worked so hard to create a wedge between Qadian and Rafzi and you have to come along and spoil it with facts you shameless LUBP truth mongering fascists
Huma Hasan : Many Pakistani journalists are receiving good money from their Masters to write anything which helps keep the society disunited! The Ejaz Haider article is a sample of that!