Murder of ISI officer in Sargodha: An example of how Pakistani media constructs false Sunni Shia binary to hide Deobandi terrorism

ISI BrigThis post is a very good example of how media constructs false Sunni Shia binary to hide or obfuscate Deobandi terrorism against Sunni Sufis/Barelvis and Shias. In Pakistan, Sunni Barelvis are as much a victim of Deobandi terrorist groups like ASWJ-LeJ, as are their Shia brothers. Sunni Barelvis and Shias have existed in harmony in Pakistan due to their shared Sufi heritage. 

Sunni Sufi shrines have been att
acked by Deobandi ASWJ-LeJ all over Pakistan. These are the shrines where Pakistan’s Sunnis, Shias, Hindus and Sikhs congregate and share in harmony. All of them as well as Christians and Ahmadis are the victims of Deobandi terrorist groups like TTP and ASWJ-LeJ. These Deobandi terrorist groups have killed over 70,000 Pakistani civilians including over 5,000 Pakistani soldiers.

Sections of the Pakistani media, especially the GEO/JANG group which is the mouthpiece of Deobandi and Salafi terrorists create obfuscations where Sunni victims are lumped in the same category as their Deobandi murderers. Similarly, a false binary of Sunni vs Shias is frequently peddled by the same media. Indian and other international publications should take note of these obfuscations. Obfuscators use generic and vague terminology like “Sunni” or “Islamist” is used to deliberately hide the specific Deobandi and Salafist faith identity of terrorists

The killed brigadier was a Sunni Barelvi/Sufi, shown as Shia,  his killers Deobandi Aswj are shown as Sunni.

The episode has been shown in false Sunni-Shia binary terms. it’s an example of routine dishonesty by media and rights groups.

Gunmen have killed three people, including a senior military official, at a mosque frequented by minority Shi’ite worshipers in the Pakistani city of Sargodha, police said on Monday.

Sectarian strife has been worsening in Pakistan, where Shi’ite Muslims make up about 20 percent of the 180 million population. Sunni Muslim militants frequently attack Shi’ites they see as infidels who deserve to die.

“Brigadier Fazal Zahoor was shot by masked gunmen while taking part in a religious ritual at the mosque,” said police official Farooq Hasnaat, adding the attack took place late on Sunday.

“The gunmen arrived on motorbikes and burst into the mosque. They identified the brigadier and shot and killed him, his brother Fazal Subhani and a third man called Mohammad Ayub.”

False Shia Sunni binary by media



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