The Nation’s editorial terms ban on SSP-ASWJ terrorists as unjust

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Pakistan’s Nawaiwaqt Media Group is long known for its affiliation with the right-wing, particularly with PML-N. Its two main newspapers (Nawaiwaqt – Urdu and The Nation – English) and TV channel (Waqt News) are known for routinely publishing pro-Jihadi, pro-army, anti-democracy and anti-West propaganda on behalf of the ISI.

Several of Nawaiwaqt’s present and former editors, particularly Majid Nizami, Dr. Shirin Mazari and Saleem Bokhari are known loyalists of Pakistan army.

Amongst the aforementioned three names, Salim Bokhari is rather dubious because he is not only Punjabi ethno-centric but also deeply sectarian (anti-Shia, anti-Barelvi etc).

For example, recently Saleem Bokhari has written a lengthy editorial condemning and rejecting ‘the unjust and harmful ban’ on ASWJ terrorists who have target killed killed at least 240 Shia Muslims in last 6 months in Pakistan. We haven’t heard complaints against the ban in any other newspaper. Goes to show the company THE NATION keeps. Difa-e-Pakistan Council is nothing but spreading further sectarian hatred, lawlessness and xenophobia in Pakistan. ASWJ is nothing but a renamed version of killers of Shias, Sunni Barelvis, Ahmadis, Christians etc.

The following editorial by Saleem Bokhari shows the influence of ISI and ISI-backed ASWJ-SSP on Pakistani media.

Unjust and harmful ban
March 12, 2012

Pakistan has put a popular religious party, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), and three other religious parties on the already imposing list of 28 banned organisations in the country. The total number of such entities now stands at 32. The charge against the ASWJ is its suspected involvement in terrorist activities and sectarian violence. The other three outfits are: Shia Tulaba Action Committee, People’s Amman Committee and Tanseem Naujawanan-e-Sunnat of Gilgit. There has been no official word about the imposition of the ban from the Interior Ministry, though sources within it have confirmed a BBC report that the Ministry had issued a notification last month (on February 15) advising all provincial governments and concerned departments about the decision.
It is a great pity that while taking this action, the government has not kept in mind the credentials of the ASWJ. It represents an overwhelming majority religious sect of the country and has involved itself through its alliance with Difa-i Pakistan Council (DPC), to show that it has enormous public support, as demonstrated by the crowds DPC gathers. The DPC has been devoting its energies to tinkering into a roaring fire, the simmering discontentment in most of the populace. With rousing oratory and dire warnings of the conspiracies being played out against it by the agents of foreign powers, the DPC began to demonstrate its strength by holding massive rallies in different parts of the country, including Rawalpindi. Its widespread appeal from the people of Pakistan despite or perhaps because of, its religious nature, has rung alarm bells about Pakistan in international media outlets. However, what has been ignored is that even though the DPC has no political representation, it has managed to draw such massive numbers in support simply leaning on its criticism of the War on Terror, which most Pakistanis wish their country to no longer be a part of. To try and neutralise such a sentiment by branding it terrorism, is hardly a winning strategy.
Mainstream religious and religio-political parties have condemned the Interior Ministry’s move as an attempt to weaken the DPC, at the behest of the US, a move which they claim does not have any legal or moral justification. Secretary Information of Jamaat-e-Islami Muhammad Anwar Niazi has maintained that its increasing popularity among the masses is the reason behind the ban. Jamaaat-ud-Dawa is of the view that rather than putting the party on the list of banned outfits, the government should have gone to a court of law. It sounds quite strange that an order, which was bound to create shock waves across the length and breadth of the country because of its ban on the ASWJ, an important component of the DPC, should have been deliberately not released to the media for the information of the public. Evidently, the Interior Ministry was well aware that it was an unpopular move that would evoke severe backlash. The move will not narrow the DPC’s support base, if that is what the Interior Minister wishes, and in fact the ban will be another can of worms the government may have opened for itself, given the gigantic numbers of ASWJ supporters.

4 Comments to “The Nation’s editorial terms ban on SSP-ASWJ terrorists as unjust”

  1. Profile from Waqt TV

    Veteran journalist Salim Bokhari is presently working as Editor of TheNation. Salim Bokhari is a seasoned journalist and has seen it all in a career spanning more than four decades. He co-hosted Bolta Pakistan programme on Aaj TV. In his lengthy career, Bokhari was also associated with The Sun and The Muslim (both defunct), The News and The National. He has been a regular feature on several talk shows on television and is well -respected in the profession to which he has given his best years. He received President’s Pride of Performance Award in 2005 and the Best English Reporting Award of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society in 1984-85. He is a widely travelled journalist and has on his credit interviews of international personalities.


    From the Daily Mail (an ISI rag):

    Eminent editor Salim Bokhari joins The Daily Mail

    Celebrated journalist of the country Mr. Salim Bokhari has joined The Daily Mail as Resident Editor (Lahore). Mr. Bokhari, having 40 year experience of journalism with number of National Dailies’ launch to his credit has headed many English dailies and news agencies as Editor. He has also illustrious record of breaking news stories and unearthing many sensitive scams as an investigative journalist and enjoys a very good reputation at international media community. His joining the Team Daily Mail would where deeply strengthen the editorial desk of The Daily Mail there it would also give our readers value added content. We welcome him to The Daily Mail family

    — Editor


    From The Nation:

    14 Nov 2010

    LAHORE Veteran journ-alist Salim Bo-khari took over as Editor TheNation on Sa-turday. Mr Salim Bokhari brings with him an experience of four decades.
    Bokhari has been Editor of The News, The Muslim, The Sun and The National. He received Presidents Pride of Performance Award in 2005 and the Best English Reporting Award of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society in 1984-85.

  2. And Salim Bukhari is a Shia!!!!!!!

  3. A very different editorial in Dawn newspaper

    Banned groupsFrom the Newspaper

    | Editorial

    ANOTHER three religious groups with links to militancy and terrorism were banned over the weekend by the federal government, taking the total number of proscribed groups in the country to 38. But this is no belated move that is worthy of applause, for the experience with the first 35, banned through various notifications since 2001, suggests that simply outlawing groups either pushes them further underground or, as is increasingly the case, the groups resurface with a new name soon enough.

    The fact of the matter is that Pakistan has no coherent strategy to deal with sectarian and radical Islamist outfits that practise and preach violent jihad. Worse, there are more than just lingering suspicions that the state itself helps some of these groups survive. For what else can explain the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, the now banned offshoot of the anti-Shia Sipah-i-Sahaba, being warmly embraced by the Difaa-i-Pakistan Council, itself packed with establishment favourites who dabble in extremist rhetoric and worse? Banning the ASWJ now when in the very recent past the group had been allowed a high-profile public platform does not really have the makings of a credible, anti-extremism policy.

    While official tolerance for or indifference towards groups linked to violence and operating publicly in Pakistan is a big part of the problem, there is also the shrewdness of these outfits that has to be contended with. Taking advantage of the devastation caused by floods and rains in Sindh over the last couple of years, religious ‘charities’ with fairly obvious links to militant groups have leapt into the field and secured a foothold for themselves in new areas. Meanwhile, that most rabid of sectarian outfits the Lashkar-i-Jhangvi is believed to be recruiting in the Brahvi belt in Balochistan, where well-funded clerics have radicalised parts of the population. Faced with a canny and cunning foe, the state has much to do to stay one step ahead of these groups. Tweaking laws to deal with such groups, resourcing law-enforcement and intelligence agencies to keep track of them and developing coordination mechanisms to keep local, provincial and national agencies in the loop and on the same page are only some of the things that need to be done if radical outfits are to be disabled. But first, there has to be the will. A tolerant, pluralist Pakistan or a dark and ugly place where no one is safe? The choice is one that Pakistan must make.

  4. پاکستانی اسٹیبلشمنٹ نے دھشتگردوں کی کھلی حمایت کا اعلان کر دیا-ذرائع
    Posted date: March 12, 2012 In: متفرق

    معتبر ذرائع سے ملنے والی اطلاعات کے مطابق دھشتگردی اور شیعہ سنی مسلمانوں کے قتل عام میں ملوث گروپ “اھلسنت والجماعت” جو ماضی میں لشکر جھنگوی اور سپاہ صحابہ کے ناموں سے سرگرم عمل رہا ہے۔ وزیر داخلہ رحمان ملک کی جانب سے کالعدم قرار دے دیا تھا۔

    لیکن اس اعلان کے بعد اسٹیبلشمنٹ میں کھلبلی مچ گئی۔اور وزیر داخلہ رحمان ملک نے جن کی مکاری کسی سے پوشیدہ نہیں، فوراُ اپنے بیان سے مکر گئے۔اور بیان جاری کیا کہ وزارت داخلہ نے ایسا کوئی نوٹیفیکیشن جاری نہیں کیا۔ جبکہ پوری دنیا کا مڈیا اس بات کا گواہ ھے کہ وزارت داخلہ نے “اھلسنت والجماعت” کو کالعدم قرار دے دیا تھا۔

    لیکن آئی۔ایس۔آئی جو ملک میں طالبانی سوچ کو پروان چڑھا کر ضیاءالحق گروپ کی واپسی چاہتی ھے۔ہرگز یہ نہیں چاہتی کہ ان کی سوچ کو پروان چڑھانے والے اداروں پر حکومت پابندی عائد کرئے۔

    مملکت خداد پاکستان جسکی بنیادوں میں پاکیزہ شہداء کا خون شامل ھیں۔اس ملک کو پوری دنیا بھر میں بدنام کرنے میں شددت پسند اور مذہب کے نام پر دھشتگردی کرنے والے درندہ صفت طالبان، فرقہ پرست سپاہ صحابہ، اسلحہ بردار لشکر جھنگوی اور دیگر انتہا پسند جہادی گروپس کا کلیدی کردار شامل ھے۔

    واضع رھے کہ حکومتی سطح پر سپاہ صحابہ کالعدم ہے۔لیکن اب سپاہ صحابہ کے دھشتگرد “اھلسنت والجماعت” کے نام سے دھشتگردانہ کاروائیوں میں مصرف عمل ھیں۔جبکہ برادران اھلسنت متعدد مقامات پر اس گروپ سے اپنی لاتعلقی کا اظہار کرچکے ھے۔

    سوال یہ پیدا ہوتا ھے کہ اس فرقہ پرست گروپ کو پابندی کے باوجود کام کرنے کی اجازت کیوں

    جب سپاہ صحابہ پر پابندی عائد ھے تو ان کے رھنما آزاد کیوں

    درندہ صفت قاتل سپاہ صحابہ کے نئے نام اھلسنت والجماعت پر پابندی عائد کرنا اتنا مشکل کیون

    آخر انہیں باقی رکھنے میں اسٹیبلشمنٹ، ایجنسیز اور آئی۔ایس۔آئی کے کون سے مفادات پوشیدہ ھیں

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