Now I understand why liberal champions love to bash Sunni Barelvi Ulema and activists – because: a. The Barelvis have no street power or guns and could not bite back, b. they still uphold the shrine-auliya culture of inclusiveness. My disagreements with Zaidi Hamid aside, this is by far, one of the best denunciation of Deobandi-inspired terrorism in Pakistan. Not many Shia ulema have come close to this clarity even if Shias have suffered more. Today, the Sunni Barelvi /Sufism is still the most South Asian in his outlook and represents the mass culture of Pakistan that can still save us.
Zaid Hamid may offer naive conspiracy theories but he doesn’t have a gang of armed militants to enforce his Sunni Barelvi Shariat on others. Can liberal champions, from Najam Sethi to Marvi Sirmed, ever bash and humiliate Deobandi clerics such as Ludhianvi and Sami-ul-Haq as they do to Zaid Hamid or other Sunni Barelvi clerics? Will Nadeem Paracha ever devote as much column space to specifically attack genocidal Deobandi thugs like Ahmed Ludhianvi and Aurungzeb Farooqi as he does in his single minded attacks on Zaid Hamid?
I dare all liberals: Have Nadeem Paracha or Najam Sethi clearly condemned, ever, Deobandi terror like Zaid Hamid or Ahmed Noorani? On Deobandi terror, Zaid Hamid and Ahmad Noorani show greater integrity, clarity and courage than Nadeem Paracha, Najam Sethi, Sherry Rehman and Ejaz Haider types.
Shame on these liberal champions who attack the Durood walla Sunnis (Barelvis) but bow down and lick the boots of the Barood walla Deobandis. Comrade Pejamistri has written on this topic in his recent post on LUBP. https://lubpak.net/archives/303217
Also, shame on all the so-called liberal/secular/nationalist parties like PPP, MQM and ANP. None of them comes close to undermining the Taliban as much as Zaid Hamid does in this one clip. Those who oppose the Taliban, ask yourself this question : who would you want on your team? Wishy washy pseudo liberals like Parachas, Rumis, Sethis who grovel to Ludhianvi or Ashrafi, and cannot even bring themselves to say the “D” word! Or Zaid Hamid calls out the Deobandi Taliban.
In the end I salute Allama Hamid Raza, the lion of Sunni Barelvi Bahadurs and Faisal Raza Abdi, the lion of Shia brothers.