As if Tahir Ashrafi Deobandi’s harassment campaign and legal action against LUBP was not enough, pseudo-liberals too have straightened their guns at LUBP. The timing of the joint onslaught appears to be well coordinated.
Marvi Sirmed, an NGO-style rights activist and blogger based in Islamabad, has claimed that the sole aim of the LUBP blog is to divide the people who are anti-establishment. (In other words, LUBP is an ISI-mole.)
This is what Marvi wrote on Twitter:
“No question of dosti with these people. They are only there to divide the people who’re antiestablishment.”
Ironically, Marvi is known for her close links with and flattery of influential pro-establishment people, e.g., Najam Sethi, Ejaz Haider, Hamid Mir, and most of all Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif (PML-N).
Here is evidence that Marvi Sirmed stands united with pro-Taliban cleric Tahir Ashrafi Deobandi in his Jihad against LUBP blog. https://lubpak.net/archives/239755
On the same day, Marvi posted a number of comments in a mild flattery of certain known pro-establishment “liberals” namely Ejaz Haider (ISI’s unofficial mouthpiece), Najam Sethi (the double dealer who undermined Benazir Bhutto’s democratic government on the behest of the ISI), Hamid Mir (the Taliban apologist) and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif (of PMLN, key sponsor of Sipah Sahaba).
Refer to this article by a Shia Hazara of Quetta in which he criticizes promotion of Hamid Mir by Pakistan’s pseudo-liberals including Marvi Sirmed: https://lubpak.net/archives/77301
In the name of “unity of liberals”, some people including Marvi Sirmed (and other members of the urban-elite Sethi-Sherry-Network) want LUBP to stop criticizing Ejaz Haider, Najam Sethi, Hamid Mir, Tahir Ashrafi and other double-dealers. If these thugs are liberals, we are not!
This article examines if LUBP is a hurdle in the way of unity of liberals. https://lubpak.net/archives/61839
Here’s a critical article on Marvi Sirmed’s plea of innocence https://lubpak.net/archives/79136
We reject urban pseudo-liberal-NGO-tribal attempts in the guise of unity of liberals with an aim to stifle critical voices.
We also take this opportunity to clarify that LUBP is owned by only those who regularly edit it and write for it. Paid propagandists and employees of any political party or NGOs do not have any role in shaping our discourse and policies.
Update: As expected, Marvi Sirmed has resorted to naked abuses against LUBP (calling LUBP team as SoBs, bastards, buggers, liars, rats and dishonest) instead of decent, reasoned arguments in the aftermath of the present post.
We respectfully protest and hope that champions of free speech and liberal values in Pakistan’s mainstream and social media and rights groups will take notice of such harassment. LUBP is already facing a harassment campaign (Ban LUBP campaign) by a pro-Taliban cleric Tahir Ashrafi Deobandi, the same thug who is promoted by some of Marvi Sirmed’s friends in the Lashkar-e-Sethi as a progressive cleric. https://lubpak.net/archives/239049 https://lubpak.net/archives/237523
Here’s the transcript:
Marvi Sirmed @marvisirmed Jan 13
l were you just talking about the truce with lubp buggers? And RTed someone saying he respects me? What liars. See their post
what is for-profit-activism by the way? Anything specific that you canvrefer to when ive made “profit” because if activusm?
if you cant, then shut up and go to hell.
ab in haramzaadon ko bolo ke mujh se ya meray baaray mein baat kerni hay tau bill mein se baahir aa ker karein.
kuttay ki dumm kabhi seedhi nahin hoti. Keep it in mind.
choohay ki tarah bill mein ghuss ker baat ki tau kia hoa? Daamnay asyen ye SoBs of nishapyr or sindhyar or whayever. Buggers. no, you did it in good faith. But since they are on asdignment, its imposdible to expect snything honest from them
In summary, Marvi Sirmed’s language: LUBP team comprises “SoBs, bastards, buggers, liars, rats”. Respectfully we protest.
Previously such abusive language against LUBP was used by Marvi Sirmed’s progressive cleric of choice Tahir Ashrafi Deobandi of ASWJ-LeJ: https://lubpak.net/archives/237523
We reject LUBP’s joint harassment by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (Tahir Ashrafi etc) and the Lashkar-e-Sethi (Marvi Sirmed etc).
Tahir Ashrafi wants to get LUBP banned in Pakistan. Both Ashrafi and Marvi Sirmed use naked abuses against LUBP. And many media persons, bloggers, rights activists remain silent or neutral. It is a pity that some people can’t differentiate between naked abuses (by Tahir Ashrafi and Marvi Sirmed) and critical opinions (by LUBP).
“The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.” Martin Luther King Jr.