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Najam Sethi as interim CM Punjab? PPP insults liberal Pakistanis once again – by Mahpara Qalandar


Only one week ago, Najam Sethi published an interview of the head of the Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASWJ-LeJ) terrorist cleric Ludhianvi Deobandi in his notorious The Friday Times. In that interview, the Mullah Ludhianvi Deobandi openly called for the destruction of the Shias by justifying the “Shias are Infidels” (Shia Kafir) slogan.



A few weeks before, Sethi invited the same Islamofascist Ludhianvi on his talk show on Geo in which he was given ample opportunity to express his Islamofascists views which directly contravene the UN Declaration of Human Rights, which criminalizes ethnic cleansing.


A lot of criticism was made of Najam Sethi’s shameless promotion and humanization of the Takfiri Deobandi militants. But he did not express any regret for his criminal complicity with Islamofascists. In fact in the shape of Raza Rumi, Mohammad Shehazad, Ali Chishti, Ejaz Haider, Aamir Rana and others, Najam Sethi has produced an entire breed of pro-establishment writers and bloggers who shamelessly obfuscate Shia genocide at the hands of Deobandi militants as a Sunni-Shia sectarian or Hazara specific ethnic issue while hiding the fact that Deobandi militant are killing not only Shia Muslims but also Sunni Barelvis, moderate Deobandis, Ahmadis, Christians etc.

No political party which has anything to do with human rights will have any trucks with Najam Sethi who is a very dangerous man too. Being an English-literate educated man and in the good books of Western powers such as the United States and the United Kingdom, he is set to play a very useful role for ASWJ-LeJ in future. His backing by the Saudis is a matter of time now.

In such as situation, the PPP has nominated him for the caretaker chief minister of Punjab, a nomination that was hurriedly agreed to by Sipah-e-Sahaba’s allies in PML-N. This comes as a big shock to those who have been endeavoring to make Pakistan a peaceful, tolerant and pluralist country. By nominating him, the PPP has proved that it is either an insane party or is a left-of-the-centre face of the ASWJ-LeJ. Recently, it was the PPP government which nominated another Islamofascist Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi Deobandi to the Islamic Ideological Council.

By the way of introduction, Najam Sethi is the same man, who on the behest of the ISI, led anti-PPP campaign in the media to undermine the elected government of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. This is what Sethi wrote about Shaheed Benazir in The Friday Times in July 1996:

No law, no judgment, Ms Bhutto seemed to crow, the SC could go jump in a lake for all she cared. A couple of days later, the PM made the astounding charge that the opposition was trying to induce the judiciary to throw her out of office by tempting a few judges with offers of prime ministership and chief ministership.

Ms Bhutto is in a spiteful, unrepentant mood. Since the SC adjudged many of her judicial appointments to be illegal, she has stormed into the Presidency time and again to insist that President Farooq Leghari should immediately fire (‘de-notify’) CJ Sajjad Ali Shah. Thus far, fortunately, President Leghari has refused to heed her advice. If the PM is bent upon committing hara-kiri and taking the system down with her, he seems to be saying, he will have no part of it.

The spirit of the constitution, which envisages meaningful consultation between the CJ and the PM over such matters, was blatantly violated by Ms Bhutto. The personal undertones which have crept into the conflict are also known to everyone.

But Ms Bhutto is in no mood to listen to President Leghari. In fact, she went so far as to belittle him by filing a rude reference to the SC on his behalf without even showing him the draft for approval.

This is not the first time President Leghari has given good advice to the PM and been snubbed for his pains. He has told her countless times to run a clean and efficient ship. He has begged her to fire all the corrupt and inefficient bureaucrats who are leading her, and the country, to the precipice of disaster. He has tried to stop her from committing the government to some highly suspect deals. And he has made no bones about his view that the prime minister’s husband should keep a low profile and not interfere in the running of government. But the PM has turned a deaf ear to all his pleas. Thus has the dangerous deadlock between Ms Bhutto and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah led to a widening gulf between Ms Bhutto and Mr Leghari.

It cannot be easy for Mr Leghari to show his displeasure against Ms Bhutto in public. He was her loyal deputy for 17 years and owes her for elevating him to the Presidency. He is also on record for opposing an interventionist Presidency which exploits the 8th amendment. It is also conceivable that Mr Leghari may hold the opinion that the options to Ms Bhutto — Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, the ‘Babas’ or, indeed, the khakis — are no options at all. What, then, should he do?

If Mr Leghari’s public silence is predicated on such personal and political considerations, he should consider the other side of the coin. If he is honest to himself and to the nation he heads, Mr Leghari must realise that he owes immeasurably more to the office he occupies than to the person who put him there. He should also know that time and tide wait for no man. The longer he condones, or appears to condone, Ms Bhutto’s rash and unacceptably autocratic and corrupt behaviour, the more he risks being ignominiously sidelined along with her in the future. Indeed, unless Mr Leghari is also cut from the same cloth as the rest of the servile bunch around Ms Bhutto, the President must stand up and be counted. Now.

It is really quite simple. The prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, is leading this country to constitutional chaos and administrative mayhem. The President, Farooq Leghari, must stop her from doing so.

Source: https://lubpak.net/archives/40420

Almost 19 years later, it was none else than Najam Sethi’s wife Jugnu Mohsin and his paid employee Raza Rumi who jointly insulted Benazir Bhutto’s memory, alleging her of financial corruption and political immaturity, in a programme aired by Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman’s Geo TV. https://lubpak.net/archives/247277

If the PPP has stooped as low as it has by nominating Najam Sethi, why did it not nominate Malik Ishaq Deobandi for the caretaker Prime Minister? Malik Ishaq has killed hundreds of Shias. He calls them Kafir and says he will crush them. At least he is an honest person. He openly advertises his thirst for Shia blood. On the contrary, Sethi is a crypto-Islamofascist. He is a hypocrite who poses as a campaigner of human rights, but is as evil as Malik Ishaq Deobandi, and in many ways even worse than him.

The PPP has no shame. Shias, Sunni Barelvis, moderate Deobandis and Salafis, Hindus, and Christians should not vote for it.


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  • On Twitter ASWJ’s activists, Raza Rumi, Ali Chishti, Marvi Sirmed, Mehmal and Nadeem Paracha celebrated Sethi’s nomination as CM Punjab by the PPP.

    Shias, Ahmadis, Christians and Sunni Barelvis should open their eyes more widely.

  • Murtaza Solangi @murtazasolangi 2h
    Since @najamsethi enjoys respect among all political parties, he has better chances of being selected for the slot.

    akchishti ‏@akchishti 12h
    great move by #PPP to propose @najamsethi as care-taker CM for Punjab: he’s unbiased, neutral & respected among all circles for his honesty!

    Nadeem F. Paracha @NadeemfParacha
    PPP purposes @najamsethi as Caretaker CM Punjab. Excellente. Now let’s see which way Chaudhry Nisar’s wig tilts.

    Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed 12h
    Haha RT @NadeemfParacha: PPP purposes @najamsethi as Caretaker CM Punjab. Excellent move. Now let’s see which way Chaudhry Nisar’s wig tilts

    Mehmal Sarfraz ‏@Mehmal 10h
    @Aliqg yaar mai zara CM sb ke paas baithi hoon so I can’t make it :p @murtazasolangi @najamsethi

    Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed 12h
    @Mehmal awwwww hugs @muneebfaruq @tariq_bashir @najamsethi

    Mehmal Sarfraz ‏@Mehmal 12h
    @muneebfaruq Muneeb, phir hum log CM House mein kab shift horahe hain? Studio udher shift karwa do pls :p @najamsethi

    Najam Sethi ‏@najamsethi 17 Mar
    @alisalmanalvi Interesting how PTI, PPP, PMLN, MQM, LeJ, TeT, TTP, ISI, etc all want to silence me. I must be saying something right.

    Najam Sethi ‏@najamsethi 17 Mar
    @alixedi @mazdaki I am requesting @Razarumi to request all and any of you folks to hardtalk Ludhyani and Ilyas in person for TFT.

    Nishapuri FC ‏@NishapuriFC 17 Mar
    Thank you, Najam Sethi & Raza Rumi, for giving voice to murderer of 21000 Shia Muslims, leader of terrorist group http://shar.es/ejvkr

    AAD @aliarqam
    FYI! Mr Najam Sethi was part of Laghar cabinet which led to #PMLN heavy mandate in 97 elections, #PPP shud have proposed Mir Shakeel instead

    AAD @aliarqam 7m
    To have advisor of worst #PPP hater Mir Shakeelur Rehman as CT shows how #PPP lost the plot
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    Nishapuri FC @NishapuriFC
    #NajamSethiJhangvi is a promoter of ASWJ-LeJ terrorists and a tout of military establishment.

    Nishapuri FC @NishapuriFC 7m
    Najam Sethi’s shameful role in undermining Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s democratic government http://shar.es/eR1Au #PPP

    Nishapuri FC @NishapuriFC
    Shame on PPP and Zardari for suggesting the name of Najam Sethi, the promoter of Sipah-e-Sahaba ASWJ terrorists, for #InterimCM Punjab

    Nishapuri FC @NishapuriFC 10m
    Instead of NajamSethi for InterimCM of Punjab, PPP could have nominated Malik Ishaq Deobandi. That would be more transparent. #ShiaGenocide

    Nishapuri FC @NishapuriFC 1h
    Keep an eye on everyone who says Sethi’s name as InterimCM is a good move but did not utter a word on Ludhianvi’s interview in Sethi’s TFT.

    Nishapuri FC @NishapuriFC 1h
    #FakeLiberals who were dead silent on Ludhianvi’s interview in #NajamSethiJhangvi’s TFT are all joy over his name as #InterimCM. Thugs!

    Nishapuri FC @NishapuriFC 1h
    #NajamSethiJhangvi is a promoter of ASWJ-LeJ terrorists and a tout of military establishment.

    AAD @aliarqam 2h
    FYI! Mr Najam Sethi was part of Laghar cabinet which led to #PMLN heavy mandate in 97 elections, #PPP shud have proposed Mir Shakeel instead

    AAD @aliarqam 1h
    To have advisor of worst #PPP hater Mir Shakeelur Rehman as CT shows how #PPP lost the plot

    Xain Gardezi ‏@XainGardezi 4h
    @najamsethi gives a political response to direct question abt him being interim CM. LOL!

    Fawad A. Khan ‏@FAK85 4h
    Najam Sethi refuses to talk much about his nomination for caretaker CM Punjab #AapasKiBaatNajamSethiKeSath

    Adnan Hussain ‏@Adnanhussainxp 4h
    @najamsethi did not tell his own position @muneebfaruq as caretaker CM

    Hassan Abbas Waraich ‏@HAWaraich 13h
    @murtazasolangi sir PPP ko NS ka naam ni dena chaye tha, He was the part of accountability cell against SMBB(A product of Farooq Leghari)

    Murtaza Solangi ‏@murtazasolangi
    Najam had apologized to BB about that. This is past and closed transanction between @najamsethi and the PPP. @HAWaraich

    Ada Khakwani ‏@AdaKhakwani now
    @murtazasolangi Has @najamsethi ever apologized to the PPP as a party and Pakistan as a nation? @HAWaraich

  • As a Sunni Barelvi, I can say with confidence that Najam Sethi, Raza Rumi, Ali Chishti are as much my enemies as they are enemies of Shias. They humanize Deobandi militants as Sunni Muslims which is blatant lie and dishonesty.

  • Zardari sahib, Shame on you.

    Tahir Ashrafi as member of IIC

    Najam Sethi as CM Punjab

    Plz nominate Malik Ishaq as the President of Pakistan and vacate the President House.

  • PPP and PML(N) are proven enemies of the people of Pakistan. Zardar will go in history books as the president who presided Shia genocide. Also Shaheed BB was proud of her creation … the Taliban, her interior minister Gen. Babar used to call them “my children”.

  • Pakistan has around 144 districts and every district has 4/5 so called political families / local feudal lords. One can check their historical background, doesn’t matter if the present generation is educated or little sophisticated. Since independence these families are in power except short period of ZA Bhutto with little participation of middle class. Majority seats in Parliament are from Rural areas and Urban area politicians have the same feudal attitude. Most of these feudal run parallel government in whole district (in tehsils & villages) controlling police and revenue (thana & Kacheri). Even the justice department is also influenced by them in one way or the other by dictation to lawyers and judges.This elite ruling class is corrupt, cruel, law beaker and criminal in many cases. Nothing will change in Pakistan as long as the Development Funds are being distributed among the elected elite. Politics is the highest profitable business of few hundred people in the country. http://www.multantimes.com

  • Najam Sethi represents the evil Pakistani journalism is entering in the society. A liar par excellence, a hypocrite and a manipulator. PPP pe beshumar lanat.

  • A example of journalistic objectivity

    Mehreen Zahra-Malik ‏@mehreenzahra

    @najamsethi NS, time to change your Twitter bio! Congrats

    She don’t have to ask Sethi about his vision about dealing with lej, and the Badami bagh crisis.

  • From Sadozai:

    Najam Sethi was part of the caretaker set up in 1996 which held elections that were massively rigged.

    He also did that ‘Princess and the Playboy’ where MNAs projects were shown by BBC as ‘corruption of BB/Zardari’.

    Najam Sethi was Prime Minister’s Adviser (federal minister) on Political Affairs and Accountability after President Leghari dismissed Benazir Bhutto in 1996.


    Kamran Shafi ‏@KamranShafi46 26 Mar
    @YousufNazar Yes and did that ‘Princess and the Playboy’ where MNAs projects were shown by BBC’s Panorama as ‘corruption of BB/Zardari’!!!
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    Yousuf Nazar ‏@YousufNazar 26 Mar
    @KamranShafi46 right.. and in 1996, btw Nasim Zehra was PTI’s information secretary

    Kamran Shafi ‏@KamranShafi46 26 Mar
    @YousufNazar BTW I remonstrated with my pal Jane Corbin, presenter of that Panorama,that proof of ‘corruption’ is not on computer printouts!

    Najam Sethi from a revolutionary Marxist to the Punjab caretaker CM http://bit.ly/10jG4GK DT editorial via @imtiaz999 #Pakistan

    Yousuf Nazar ‏@YousufNazar 26 Mar
    FBR notice: Najam Sethi bought an apartment in New York in July 2008 for US$ 1.2 million & source was unexplained ??pic.twitter.com/2VUFmK70aY

    Yousuf Nazar ‏@YousufNazar 26 Mar
    Najam Sethi resorted to mis-declaration & concealment of his income in 2010 and 2011? http://www.viewpointonline.net/tax-evasion-with-tv-stars-part1-the-case-of-najam-sethi.html

    AAD ‏@aliarqam 23 Mar
    FYI! Mr Najam Sethi was part of Laghar cabinet which led to #PMLN heavy mandate in 97 elections, #PPP shud have proposed Mir Shakeel instead

    AAD ‏@aliarqam 23 Mar
    Nomination of @najamsethi shd be objected by #PPP he is biased against them also was pary of Laghar formed CT setup led to N heavey mandate

    Asif Shahzad ‏@asiffshahzad 21 Mar
    kya yeh ghalat hy k jab Sharifs ny TFT seal ki to TFT JI ki press py print hoti thi? @mazdaki @YousufNazar @imam1 @marvisirmed @najamsethi
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    @asiffshahzad @mazdaki @YousufNazar @imam1 @marvisirmed Aik issue JI ki press pay chapa tha.
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    Asif Shahzad ‏@asiffshahzad 21 Mar
    @najamsethi thank you sir. does that mean it is ok 2 hug Islamists for some interest whatsoever? @mazdaki @YousufNazar @imam1 @marvisirmed
    Asif Shahzad ‏@asiffshahzad 21 Mar
    @najamsethi i hope u wdn’t mind asking some Qs, sir. I wd always like 2exploit any learning chance @mazdaki @YousufNazar @imam1 @marvisirmed

    Mohammad Taqi ‏@mazdaki 21 Mar
    @asiffshahzad JI men who @najamsethi said helped print @TFT_ @ JI press seen here in pic at Khost jihad @yousufnazar pic.twitter.com/eu6Fr6Sayp
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  • This > Shiraz Hassan surprise me. i dont wonder now how kufis looked

    ‏@ShirazHassan Always remember this. MT @marvisirmed: Owning a media house is NOT journalism.

  • marvi is a below average flatterer, do not even know what she talks about. says najam sethi is leader of friday times not its editor. lol.

    omar qureshti takes marvi to task

    omar r quraishi ‏@omar_quraishi 39s

    @marvisirmed @WajSKhan Najam Sethi doesnt edit TFT? I thought he did — and wrote the front page edit — please check TFT’s printline

  • here she try to save her skin, but is caught

    Marvi Sirmed

    @omar_quraishi Was it AFTER the oath taking please? @WajSKhan

    omar r quraishi omar r quraishi ‏@omar_quraishi 2m

    @marvisirmed @WajSKhan hmm — you just said that he doesnt edit it — owns it — he did both prior to taking oath as caretaker CM
    Zarrar Khuhro ‏@ZarrarKhuhro 3m

    @WajSKhan if he’s that groovy he has to be frere. No need to confirm.

    Wajahat S. Khan ‏@WajSKhan 2m

    @omar_quraishi Forget what he does after oath yar. Or even TFT. He allowed his journalism to pave/appropriate his appointment! @marvisirmed
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    Mehr Tarar Mehr Tarar ‏@MehrTarar 2m

    @omar_quraishi Some conflict of interest thing. Happens to businessmen too. Salmaan Taseer was both. Publisher/businessman. Had to step away

  • • Azeem ‏@Azeem2002 3m
    @MehrTarar sorry for butting in. Salmaan taseer remained director and CEO of his companies even after becoming Governor @omar_quraishi
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    • omar r quraishi ‏@omar_quraishi 2m
    TFT website AFTER Najam Sethi’s oath-taking — http://www.thefridaytimes.com/beta3/tft/index.php … See byline on Editorial please — case closed I think
    • Wajahat S. Khan ‏@WajSKhan 2m
    Jesus. Seriously? Conflict, much? “@marvisirmed: @omar_quraishi Doesn’t edit it. Owning a media house is NOT journalism @MinallahAthar”
    • Zarrar Khuhro ‏@ZarrarKhuhro 3m
    @WajSKhan what? The mirrored hats aren’t good enough for you now?
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    • Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed 3m
    @omar_quraishi Positive! @AminTehmina @WajSKhan @akchishti @mazdaki @mosharrafzaidi @Mehmal
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    • Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed 3m
    @omar_quraishi I never said you are personally attacking him. Did I? 😮 @WajSKhan
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    • Centurian ‏@AliAKLeghari 5m
    @marvisirmed @WajSKhan @MinallahAthar @omar_quraishi When Journalists Repackage Themselves as Politicians http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/press_box/2010/04/when_journalists_repackage_themselves_as_politicians.html
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    • Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed 3m
    @WajSKhan How? You surely know something rest of us don’t. Just how did he ‘pave’? And how Justice Khoso did not? @omar_quraishi
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    • omar r quraishi ‏@omar_quraishi 4m
    @marvisirmed @AminTehmina @WajSKhan @akchishti @mazdaki @mosharrafzaidi @Mehmal actually it’s a debate clearly —
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    • omar r quraishi ‏@omar_quraishi 4m
    @marvisirmed @WajSKhan and I dont understand why you are taking an argument related to conflict of interest as a personal attack
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  • great decision by both parties.
    neutral man needed and they got.
    there is no shia sunni quarrel.

  • the choice is clear. tft publishes ludhiyanwi’s threats of shia killings and daily times remain neutral and publishes truth. to endorse friday times amounts to siding with ludhiyanwi and endorsing the genocide

  • what a sad day for Najam. the only ppl left to defend him are Marvi and Rumi. the irony is unmistakable.

  • that awkward moment when Rumi and Sirmed question the credibility of DailyTimes. hahahahahahahahahah

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