In the afternoon of 9 March, a mob of 3,000 Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (ASWJ/LEJ) and PML-N activists destroyed the entire neighborhood of Joseph Colony, Badami Bagh, in Lahore. The destruction was carried out when a rumor was deliberately spread by the religious-political activists affiliated to the Deobandi/ASWJ/LeJ mosque in Badami Bagh. The rumor said that a Christian by the name of Savan had committed blasphemy. What did he do? It was never told by the rumor-mongers. But the very expression “insult to Islam” is good enough to set Islamofascists in motion.
Savan was arrested immediately after the rumor was spread. But still the police in Shahbaz Sharif’s home town allowed the mob to destroy the Christian neighborhood.
Nothing will be done because the arsonists belong to PML-N and its electoral ally: ASWJ/LeJ. This is not surprising. But what is outrageous is how Geo presented the mob violence in Badami Bagh. Here is the evidence: On its 5 pm news bulletin which it repeated for hours the Geo anchor said this: “People entered a few houses and set various things therein on fire.”
Anyone can verify it and if this is not what the Geo anchor said, LUBP will be too happy to face Geo and offer a public apology.
Now look how Geo has turned the entire Islam o fascist-committed tragedy into a farce:
- There were people involved. “People” is a very neutral term and has nothing which is suggestive of violence.
- These “people” did not force their way. They just “entered” (“ghus kar” in Urdu). Again there was a suggestion of innocuous entry.
- The “people” only set things on fire. Not mention of 100 houses burnt down and everything therein too. But just “things”. No mention of people who ran for their lives as they saw a mob coming.
Every month, Geo gets millions from the American government by way of aid. This money given to Geo belongs to the people of the United States. And this is what Geo returns to the American people in return! As a naturalized American I demand of my government to stop giving US tax payer money to Geo.