Tazeen Javed supports Najam Sethi: A racist defending another racist?

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Her article in Express Tribune is an example of dishonest journalism

For an example of biased, dishonest journalism, read Pakistan blogger Tazeen Javed’s op-ed in Express Tribune in defence of Najam Sethi’s racist tweets: “Calling out the real bullies”

The article is an unsuccessful attempt by the Najam Sethi fan-club to repair Sethi’s unrepairable image.

In her article, Tazeen did not mention Sethi’s habit of passing casual racist remarks. Previously it was Pashtuns, now it is Jews, next Hazaras perhaps?

Moreover, she dishonestly did not include or refer to Najam Sethi’s racist tweet which forced Jemima to post a response. This is what Sethi had written:

najamsethi Najam Sethi
@qumarmc Brit media described Jemima as a “jewish heiress”. Google her. But it doesn’t matter. Love transcends. Didn’t she convert to Islam?

However, wiping out the entire context which was not only widely discussed on Twitter but was also published in a Pakistan Blogzine post, Tazeen tried to twist the episode, and tried to blame the victim (Jemima Khan) by blaming her poor Urdu comprehension abilities and ‘not so bright’-ness. Tazeen writes:

Jemima Khan, Khan’s ex-wife, heard the words “Imran Khan, Jewish lobby, conspiracy” and without actually watching the programme or asking anyone with a better grasp of Urdu, jumped to the conclusion that it was Najam Sethi who was stirring up trouble for Khan.

Of course, what Jemima later wrote reconfirmed what Pakistan Blogzine had written in its previous post. It was Sethi’s tweet which was clearly racist, however, we, with clear understanding of Urdu language and Sethi’s racist history know that he wanted to stir antisemitic hatred against Imran Khan in a subtle and refined manner.

Jemima Khan @Jemima_Khan
@najamsethi The point is not what you said on the programme- It’s your tweets I object to and your relentless, hate campaign over 15 yrs

Jemima Khan @Jemima_Khan
@najamsethi You and yr wife only suspended yr hate campaign to turn up uninvited at our house to gush & fawn over Princess Diana.

Jemima Khan @Jemima_Khan
@najamsethi You’re entitled to criticise IK and myself. But don’t use the race card, chk facts and don’t sacrifice principles for glitzy party

Tazeen also hid the fact that she was previously engaged in a Twitter brawl with Jemima last year when she alleged that Jemima’s twitter account was fake, forcing Jemima to published her passport page on Twitter. However, Tazeen (not unlike Sethi) did not deem it fit to apologize, and kept on annoying Jemima as an immature troll, forcing Jemima to block her on Twitter. It was at that point that Tazeen herself used racist remarks against Jemima Khan on her blog by using these words: “…I mean I know she is a blonde and not particularly bright.”

Thus, Tazeen defending Sethi is no surprise to anyone because this is the case of a racist defending another racist!

It is a fact that by re-broadcasting Fazlur-Rehman’s hate speech against Jews, Najam Sethi cunningly tried to ignite antisemitic hatred against Imran Khan.

We are no Imran Khan apologists. This, however, doesn’t mean we endorse antisemitic remarks against him or Jemima by Fazlur-Rehman and Najam Sethi.

Here is a copy of Tazeen’s article:

Calling out the real bullies
By Tazeen Javed
Published: February 10, 2012

The writer is an Islamabad-based freelance communications consultant. She tweets @tazeen and blogs at http://tazeen-tazeen.blogspot.com

Bullies; we have all heard of them at some point in our lives, the more unfortunate ones amongst us have faced the wrath of bullies at no provocation at all. However, very few of us stand up to them. In fact, people who get bullied would lash out at their well-wishers who either point out the fact that they are being bullied, or tell them to bully their opponents right back.

Something similar happened with Najam Sethi on the eve of February 7. In his TV show, Najam Sethi ran a clip where Maulana Fazlur Rehman was alluding that Imran Khan was politicking at the behest of some nameless and faceless Jews. He also ran a clip of the PTI chief saying that Maulana Fazlur Rehman is one of the three people responsible for the mess the country is in. Sethi later said that Imran Khan should have been more vocal in his defence and should have denounced the Maulana more vociferously than he did because the latter will not let go of Imran Khan’s Jewish connection (Khan’s ex-wife and mother of his children is of Jewish, Catholic and Protestant heritage) and will use it against him again and again during the elections later this year.

Jemima Khan, Khan’s ex-wife, heard the words “Imran Khan, Jewish lobby, conspiracy” and without actually watching the programme or asking anyone with a better grasp of Urdu, jumped to the conclusion that it was Najam Sethi who was stirring up trouble for Khan. She was never considered particularly bright by anyone of note, and now even less so when she took to the microblogging website, Twitter, to start a personal attack on Najam Sethi where she wrote that — he had always been critical of Imran Khan except when his (Sethi’s) wife and him wanted an invitation to dine with late Princess Diana. Her intention, clearly was to undermine Sethi’s credibility as a journalist.

What followed was just as crazy as any other war of words on social media, but it is significant in revealing that politics based on religion is quite flourishing in Pakistan. No one is willing to take on this issue head-on, instead, they either try to shoot the messenger — in this case Najam Sethi — or join forces with the those spreading vitriolic hatred. It was Maulana Fazlur Rehman who first spoke about Imran Khan’s Jewish connection, but it was Sethi — an easier target who can perhaps only retaliate with arguments instead of something more sinister or dangerous — who got burned for just pointing his fingers to the bully in question.

Some really charged-up PTI members even started an online campaign demanding Sethi be removed from the air for “making some immoral remarks about Imran Khan’s ex-wife Jemima Khan”. The fact that the campaign has received 631 signatures as yet, tells us a lot about how people form opinions — divorced from reason, nuance, logic — when deciding whom to vote for.

In the past, Imran Khan has been roughed up by the goons of the Islami Jamiat Talaba in Punjab University but we have not heard such vehement condemnation for them, either because of political expediency or because of the fact that the PTI was afraid of a repeat performance. Whatever the reason is, no one is calling out the real bullies who are getting away with all kinds of transgressions.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2012.

Comments on Tazeen’s article in Express Tribune.

alifbaypay:

I think it is writer who had a quick look at the tweets and proceeded to write an article (she has done something similar in a blog post of her’s where she had not properly researched the subject being discussed).
Jemima was not commenting on the Najam Sethi’s programme (as the writer asserts) but on his tweet. Here is what happened:
A user on twitter called @qumarmc said this to Najam Sethi: Whatta Try To distort facts To say IK married a jew woman even her father wasn’t jew he Was catholic ..u better b careful
Najam Sethi replied to the above with this: @qumarmc Brit media described Jemima as a “jewish heiress”. Google her. But it doesn’t matter. Love transcends. Didn’t she convert to Islam?
It was on the above tweet of Najam Sethi that Jemima sent a number of tweets on the issue. Later she herself clarified that she wan’t commenting on her programme but on the tweet as can be seen below:
@najamsethi The point is not what you said on the programme- It’s your tweets I object to and your relentless, hate campaign over 15 yrs
Tazeen Javed used to boast of her ‘faraghat’ in her Twitter/Blog bio some time back. Seems that she is only faarigh enough to jump to conclusions and write a quick article; not quite interested in writing in checking the facts first.

Neutral:

Imran Khan in his recent speeches and interviews that I’ve seen has criticised Fazul Rehman in the most ferocious manner, so how could the writer imply that Imran Khan is afraid of the real bullies. Perhaps, the writer has some sympathy for Najam Sethi for whatever and is using this forum to fool us. Nejam Sethi is on the payroll of secret agencies.

Phantom:

Clearly Tazeen is a member of the flatterers club (Najam Sethi fan club) along with Mehmal, Ejaz Haider, Malik Siraj Akbar, Raza Rumi, Beena Sarwar and some others.

Abu Bakr:

Did he or did he not say Imran married a Jewish woman? Isn’t that false? Isn’t there anti-antisemitism in our society? Why play the tapes and reiterate these arguments at all if you are concerned? Seems like the point of your piece is to call everyone who thought was Sethi did was wrong, completely stupid and ignorant.
The problem is not what Najam Sethi thinks is right or wrong or who he is defending. The problem is that he believes Jemimah Khan is/was Jewish, which is not true, and in a sick way gives the Molana’s argument undue substance. In my opinion this shouldn’t even involve Imran. Najam Sethi said Jemimah Khan was Jewish, she said he was wrong.

Rafay:

Sethi? credibility? wow….never thought they could be used in the same sentence

Ahsan Mlk:

Watch here:

He does not say that Maulana Fazlur Rehman thinks like this. He used the words himself. He WAS NOT defending IK. We do not need anyone to defend Imran Khan or anyone else. Only the truth needs to be spoken.
So your whole article seems to be based on your own wrong perception. Do go through the clip again (and again if need be).

Raza Bashir:

This blogger needs to get her facts right. Jemima responded to Najam Sethi’s tweet and not his programme. Secondly Imran has repeatedly reminded his workers and fans about the Jamaat Islami attack on him. He even wrote about it in his new book. Thirdly passing derogatory remarks on Jemima reflect her bias rather then provide an actual description about the incident and persons she is writing about in a supposedly fair manner. She needs to do her homework next time.

Syed Awais:

At the risk of sounding another bully to which the learned writer referred to above, I disagree with the notion that Sethi Saab was defending Imran Khan because he simply wasn’t. In fact he explained the Jewish lobby allegation made by Fazl-ur-Rahman and in the process quite clearly and WRONGLY labeled Jemima Khan a Jew when she isn’t one.
So yes there wasn’t anything anti-Semitic about what Sethi Sb said but it was factually incorrect to call Mr. Khan’s ex-wife a Jew and purely from the journalistic point of views warrants an explanation. I know many of my liberal friends here would say that calling someone a Jew shouldn’t be a big deal (and I completely agree with them) but in a society which is as myopic and narrow-minded such as ours and where religious bias is at an all-time high, it is indeed an issue that should be tread with caution. After all, Fazl-ur-Rahman while making such an accusation is fully aware of the psyche of the bigoted constituency which gives precedence to someone’s religion over his/her character.

Jamshed:

Well you Missed the point I dont think jemima really watch najam sethi’s show … she replied to the tweet of najam sethi where he said “@qumarmc Brit media described Jemima as a “jewish heiress”. Google her. But it doesn’t matter. Love transcends. Didn’t she convert to Islam?

that when it all started ..

Usman Khan

What is wrong with checking the facts? Another ‘writer’, same story. The fact that the author wrote an opinion piece to clarify the exchange of words between Jemima Khan and Najam Sethi but did not bother to do any research into what really transpired speaks volumes about the author herself. She then goes on to make sweeping statements about Jemima such as ‘Jemima…heard the words “Imran Khan, Jewish lobby, conspiracy”…jumped to the conclusion…’ and ‘she was never considered bright..’

http://tribune.com.pk/story/334538/calling-out-the-real-bullies/

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Further comments:

Phantom:

Tazeen’s heart very dishonestly hid the fact that she had previously attacked Jemima Khan by alleging her Twitter account to be a fake. When Jemima put a part of her passport picture, then she remained adamant instead of apologizing. Then what can you expect from someone (Tazeen) who celebrates that Mohammed Hanif (another urban fakester) has left a comment on her blog?

Yasir Hussain Sheikh @yasirsheikh
@tazeen so today’s was personal attack. you had a fight in the past with @Jemima_Khan http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/517746.aspx #low

Jemima Khan @Jemima_Khan
@yasirsheikh @tazeen she couldn’t report my timeline- I blocked her ages ago as she was weird, angry stalker.

Press Trust Of India
Islamabad, March 11, 2010

Jemima posts passport details on Twitter

Jemima Khan, the former wife of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, put out her passports details on Twitter recently in a desperate bid to prove that she is not a fake! Jemima, currently working on a book on Pakistan and quite active on Twitter, got irked when two Pakistani women tweeted about her being an imposter.
She surprised the two women by replying to their tweets, and when they pondered about her genuineness, she scanned her passport and put it up on Twitter.

“In order to prove that she is the real McCoy she (Jemima) scanned her passport with all the details and put it up on Twitter! I mean I know she is a blonde and not particularly bright (she married Imran Khan after all) but who puts up their passport on a Twitter account which is public?” noted blogger Tazeen Javed wrote on her blog.

Javed was among those who had questioned whether Jemima was a fake.

“As if that was not enough drama, some desi men jumped in acting like knights in shining armour, advising Jemima to remove her passport details. She then put up another photo of her passport – minus the details,” wrote Javed, who was making fun of Jemima along with friends.

The tweets that followed at Jemima’s expense made her angry and she decided to call Javed “twalker” (that’s twitter stalker) and “tweak” (twitter freak).

Yet Javed had the last word. “If only Ms Goldsmith had actually spent some time in college in her younger days instead of playing house with an aging Lothario, she would have known that tweak is actually a proper word in English language,” she wrote.

5 Responses to “Tazeen Javed supports Najam Sethi: A racist defending another racist?”

  1. Tazeen Javed supports Najam Sethi: A racist defending another racist? http://wp.me/p1joLZ-aks – haha taken to cleaners Tazeen Javed

  2. This blog is in response to Calling out the real bullies published in etribune on 10th February 2012, spreading misconception and incorrect information about Imran Khan, Jemima Khan and PTI.

    Lets get the facts and sequence of events first

    1. Najam Sethi has been criticizing Imran Khan for 15 years and recently made an attempt in his political talk show ‘Aapas ki baat’ by saying he was disappointed with how Imran defended himself after Maulana’s attack about Jewish lobby. He said what Maulana has previously said and I quote

    “Yahoodi say shaddi kee thee aur bachay Yahoodi mahool main jaam paal rahay hain“

    translation

    “He [Imran Khan] married a Jewish lady and his children are being brought up in the same environment”.

    Please refer to the first 5 minutes of this program below.

    2. Then, not satisfied with this attempt, Najam Sethi replied to a user on twitter and I quote

    “Brit media described Jemima as a “jewish heiress”. Google her. But it doesn’t matter. Love transcends. Didn’t she convert to Islam?“

    3. Jemima Khan replied on twitter about his comments on twitter and not for the program as below

    “You call yourself a journalist @najamsethi ? Then check your facts“

    “FYI @najamsethi Not that it should matter but the Jewish religion goes thro the mother- My father’s mother was a French Catholic“

    “In any case, pathetic & irresponsible that you should use your position to play the race/ religion card & stir up the fanatics @najamsethi“

    “@najamsethi The point is not what you said on the programme- It’s your tweets I object to and your relentless, hate campaign over 15 yrs“

    “@najamsethi You & yr wife only suspended yr hate campaign to turn up uninvited at our house to gush & fawn over Princess Diana.“

    “@najamsethi You’re entitled to criticise IK and myself. But don’t use the race card, chk facts & don’t sacrifice principles for glitzy party“

    4. We, the PTI supporters launched a campaign against Najam Sethi demanding his removal unless he apologizes or clarifies his position.

    5. An article by Tazeen Javed published on etribune in favour of Najam Sethi spreading further incorrect information regarding the campaign and Jemima Khan tweets.

    Let us analyze the facts

    1. Najam Sethi said that he was explaining what Maulana Fazl ur Rehman (famously known as Maulana Diesel for his corruption scandal in diesel permits during Benzair era) said, well, Mr. Sethi you could have clarified by saying that Jemima Khan converted to Islam and the children are being brought up according to Islamic values and what Maulana Fazl ur Rehman said was incorrect. In my opinion, Maulana’s comments were so low that they did not even deserve a response. How are Imran’s ex-wife’s religious beliefs are relevant to his appeal as a politician and future leader of Pakistan.

    This is a classic example of Najam Sethi’s style. He made this statement almost casually, without detailed explanations at the time, as if it is so obvious that she is Jewish that no explanations are needed. The worst part is that he knew for a fact that what he was putting forward as such an obvious fact, was, in fact, a complete and utter lie. I do not believe for a moment that he was not aware that she was Christian, converted to Islam when she married Imran, and that she has, on a number of occasions, very clearly stated that the children are being brought up as Muslims.

    For the record, Jemima Khan was Christian before embracing Islam and her kids are being raised as Muslims. Her mother was also Christian, all this Jewish lobby propaganda is baseless and malicious. More importantly, it is not relevant and related to Imran Khan’s ability to lead Pakistan.

    2. The comment about Jemima and using Google to find out about her is so irresponsible, it is unbelievable. Since when did Najam Sethi start accepting everything the British media states? Does he not, as a professional journalist, have the responsibility to verify before making the assertion? Everything that appears on your web browser when you do a Google search is not true, Mr Sethi. You, of all people, should know that.

    3. Jemima Khan’s twitter replies were directed towards Najam Sethi’s comments on the twitter, not the one he mentioned in the program. The article by Tazeen Javed says that Jemima Khan doesn’t know Urdu very well and I quote from the article

    “Jemima Khan, Khan’s ex-wife, heard the words “Imran Khan, Jewish lobby, conspiracy” and without actually watching the programme or asking anyone with a better grasp of Urdu, jumped to the conclusion that it was Najam Sethi who was stirring up trouble for Khan“

    Again, totally incorrect and fragment of fiction by Tazeen Javed, as Jemima was replying towards comments of Najam Sethi on twitter, not the one he said in the program. She further mentions in the article

    “She [Jemima Khan] was never considered particularly bright by anyone of note, and now even less so”

    This is extremely rude and uncalled for. The writer does not have the right to pass derogatory and offensive comments. This is poor and biased journalism. This was in fact based upon Tazeen Javed personal issues with Jemima Khan as she had previously defamed her and also got blocked by Jemima Khan on twitter.

    http://naveedpti.wordpress.com/

  3. nit only jews are Semetic Muslims of people of arab origin are also semetic.being from Qureshi family i am also semetic.so speaking Jews or Israel does not make Muslims or arabs anti semetic stop hypocritic use of the trem anti semetism to defend zionism.u don’t even know the meaning and background of the term wch ur using.

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