Editor’s note: I am at great pain to publish this article. I have always had great regard for Raza Rumi and Najam Sethi. This interview with Ahmed Lidhanvi Deobandi hasno news value whatsoever. It does not cross-questionany of the claims of a known terrorist. Therefore it can only be seen as humanizing and promotion of terrorism. The claims by the terror leader are dissected below. The media in Pakistan led by Mr. Sethi should be calling for enforcing the ban on hate groups rather than promoting them. How can the Shia or Sunni Brelvi or Christians or minorities in Pakistan negotiate or have dialogue with those Takfiri Deobandi militants (accounting for less than 1 percent of the population) who consider their religious duty to raise mobs with kafir kafir slogan burn their homes and kill them? Why are these Takfiri Militant proxies of the Pakistan Army protected by the “liberal media”? How can Mr. Sethi and Mr. Rumi not see a distinction between all religions claiming their’s is the only path to heaven and hateful mobs organized to kill under the slogan of kafir kafir?
As if the present Shia genocide in which 21,000 Shias have been mercilessly killed by the ASWJ-LeJ (banned Sipah-e-Sahaba) was not enough, Najam Sethi, the owner-Chief Editor of the weekly The Friday Times, and Raza Rumi, the Editor of the same weekly, have come up with a fitna which is an open call to the Takfiris to kill each individual Shia of Pakistan. In an unprecedented move, which has so far been carried out by the Takfiri Urdu media and shunned by the English language media, they have published an interview with Mullah Ahmad Ludhianviwho being the president of ASWJ/LeJ is one of the main architects of the Shia genocide in Pakistan. In the interview published in the present issue of The Friday Times, Mullah Ahmad Ludhianviis allowed to spew extreme hate speech against the Shias. He is allowed to openly call for their wholesale destruction. The complete interview is available at: http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta3/tft/article.php?issue=20130315&page=5.
Below we will quote and analyze Ludhianvi’s statements which Najam Sethi and Raza Rumi found too innocuous to censor:
Ludhianvi’s statement: “Sectarianism has nothing to do with the ongoing wave of terrorism in Pakistan. Whatever has happened in Quetta or Karachi has nothing to do with the differences between Shias and Sunnis.”
Comment: He is lying in his teeth. After every act of violence, LeJ has proudly claimed that it was behind the Shia killing. They send video messages saying that Shias are Kafir who must be killed.
Here is a copy of the ASWJ/LeJ fatwa against the Shias:
Here is an infamous LeJ declaration wnhich says that they will make Pakistan another Karabala for the Shias, shich means all the Shias will be killed:
Mullah Aurengzeb Farooqi, the head of ASWJ/LeJ in Sindh, has openly declared that he will make Karachi hell for the Shias. Here is a video clip of his interview:
Here is the video of the Shia killing by LeJ terrorists:
Mallik Ishaq, the vice president of ASWJ/LEJ, proudly claims that he has killed scores of Shias and whose crimes have been proven in courts is the vice president of ASWJ/LeJ. Here is a video in which he talks about his resolve to destroy the Shias:
Here is Mullah Ludhianvi himself sharing with his associates that ASWJ is simply a front for his terrorist activities:
Ludhianvi’s statement: “In 2012, more than 600 ASWJ workers were killed. We remained peaceful. Some people were arrested and they confessed that they were Shia and trained and funded by Iran. Moreover, foreign agents of the US, India, Israel and Blackwater are roaming freely in Pakistan, making conspiracies against the country.”
Comment: A shameless lie! He does not offer a single shred of evidence. Reports of Human Rights Watch and Asian Human Rights Commission have persistently said that it is the Shias who have been the non-stop target of the assassins of ASWJ/LeJ. There is no proof that any Takfiri terrorist of ASWJ/LeJ has been killed. The Takfiri terrorists kill the Shias with impunity and comfortably walked away because they are protected by the Army. Here are links to Human Rights Watch and Asian Human Rights Commission reports on the Shia genocide:
By involving the US, India, Israel, and Blackwater in the present situation of Pakistan, which is actually the result of the Islamofascist ideology of Saudi Arabia and its execution by the Pakistan Army, he is trying to bracket the Shias with these country which are known as enemies in Pakistan. Thus, the implication of the statement is that the friends of Israel, India, and Blackwater must be killed.
Friday times could at least have asked how many of the 600 “shaheed” were suicide bombers that killed thousands.
Ludhianvi’s statement: “Kafir Kafir Shia Kafir is just a slogan, like any other, such as Roti, Kapra aur Makaan [Food, clothing, and Shelter].”
Comment: Any political slogan like “Food, clothing, and Shelter” is reflective of people’s wished. By equating a political slogan with “Kafir Kafir Shia Kafir,” Ludhianvi makes it clear that it is not a dangerous or even morally reprehensible thing to declare that Shias are Kafir. Everyone, even non-Muslims, knows what it means to dub someone Kafir in Pakistan. You declare someone a Kafir and the next move is that you must kill them. This is what has been happening in Pakistan not just with the Shias, but with the Ahmadis and the Christians too..
Takfir and slogans of Takfir is in of themselves license to kill for an Islamofacist. Friday times is giving it legitimacy under the veil of liberal discourse and misleading the public.
Ludhianvi’s statement: “We call Shias Kafir on the basis of a unanimous edict issued by highly reputable jurists of Deoband.”
Comment: Who are these “reputable jurists”? Who have given them authority to apostatize the Shias? On what basis have they done do? What if highly reputable Shia, Brelvi, or even Ahmadi jurists issue fatwas calling Deobandis Kafirs? From the Koranic point of view, no human is allowed to declare another human being a Kafir. Can Ludhianvi or any other Deobandi ‘scholar’ prove that the Koran allows apostatizing of anyone on any grounds? We challenge them to prove us wrong.
The reader is encouraged to read the entire interview.
This is not the first time that Najam Sethi has played his part in the demonization of the Shias. Recently, he invited Ludhianvi on his talk show on Geo and allowed him to spread venom against the Shias. A clip of the interview is given in the link below:
But the interview published in The Friday Times is unprecedented by any standard as far as the English language media in Pakistan is concerned. There are around 40 million Shias in Pakistan. Two of the most tragic genocidal episodes of recent history were Rwada where upto a million people were killed and the Jewish holocaust by the Nazis. By allowing Ludhianvi to call for the destruction of the Shias of Pakistan, both Najam Sethi and his lieutenant Raza Rumi have created justification for the holocaust of the Shias of Pakistan which will be potentially on a far bigger scale than the Jewish Holocaust. Najam Sethi and Raza Rumi should explain how are they different from the Hitler’s Nazi media managers?