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We condemn ASWJ-TTP terrorists’ attack on Raza Rumi



LAHORE (28 March 2014): Deobandi terrorists of TTP-ASWJ have struck Express Media group once again, this time attacking Express TV anchor and blogger Raza Rumi, which led to the unfortunate death of his driver Mustafa on Friday evening. The attack took place near Raja Market, Lahore.

We condemn Deobandi terrorists’ attack on Raza Rumi’s car. His driver was killed in the attack. The attack once again shows that the pro-TTP, pro-ASWJ Punjab govt, led by CM Shahbaz Sharif, has failed to protect citizens.

As cealry pointed out by senior journalists including M. Ziauddin (of Express Tribune) and Imtiaz Gul, this is part of the systematic attacks on the media by takfiri Deobandi outfits ASWJ-LeJ and TTP. M. Ziauddina clearly pointed out in his anlaysis on PTV World that there are no good and bad Taliban, all Taliban are bad.

Asad Kharal, Express Tribune’s journalist, notes that the attack on Raza Rumi’s car is a part of TTP-ASWJ’s series of attacks on Express media group. This is the fourth attack on Express Media Group. Three staff members of the group lost their lives in an attack earlier this year.

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Dozens of innocent Sunni Barelvis and Shias are being killed daily by TTP-ASWJ terrorists in Pakistan. Nobody is safe, thanks to ruling PMLN party’s alliance with Taliban and ASWJ-SSP.

We demand an urgent judicial and police inquiry into this attack on Raza Rumi in order to identify and punish the attackers.

We offere sincere condolences to the family of Raza Rumi’s driver. Despite some ideological and analytical differences (LUBP insists on clear identification of takfiri Deobandi outfits as a fountainhead of terrorism), we stand by Raza Rumi and all anti-Taliban journalists. This attack is a further reminder that we cannot continue to place perpetrators of violence and vicitms in the same bracket, obfuscating it as a Sunni-Shia or Iran-Saudi proxy war binary. It is abundantly clear that in Pakistan if anyone disagrees with the puritancial agenda of the takfiri Deobandi network, he or she is the target.

The current attack also confirms that those who humanize and promote hate clerics are standing on the wrong side of history.

The attack also demonstrates that those who are weak on arguments resort to violence. In Pakistan, ASWJ-TTP terrorists have this characteristic. They attacked Raza Rumi because of his opposition to the Taliban.

Senior journalist Abbas Nasir notes that “the difference between the much-maligned liberals and fascists: liberals use words to argue their case; fascists let bullets do the talking.”
















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  • ایکسپریس نیوز سے بات کرتے ہوئے رضا رومی کا کہنا تھا کہ انہیں اس بات کا علم تھا کہ وہ کچھ کالعدم تنظیموں کی ہٹ لسٹ پر ہیں اور حملے کے بعد آج یہ بات ثابت ہوگئی ہے،رضا رومی نے کہا کہ ان پر حملہ پاکستان میں لاقانونیت کا ثبوت ہے یہاں کوئی بھی شہری محفوظ نہیں اور دہشت گرد جہاں اورجس پر چاہیں حملہ کردیتے ہیں۔


  • Only three days ago, Raza Rumi took a clear stance against Taliban and LeJ on Twitter also highlighting the dubious role of Pakistani establishment:

    Worrying signs of Pakistani public discourse
    I was ranting on twitter about how extremist views find sympathy, sharing for those who missed them.

    Raza Rumi @Razarumi
    Why is Mullah Sami ul Haq asking people opposed to talks fight with Taliban? Isn’t that the job of 600,000 security personnel? Insanity.
    8:04 PM – 24 Mar 2014

    In fact a lot of young people of a particular political orientation say the same thing as Mullah Sami ul Haq:”why don’t you go&fight” #MMM
    8:05 PM – 24 Mar 2014

    Unlike your brothers & friends Sami ul Haq Saheb, we don’t shoot school girls & kill schoolboys.We play with real footballs not human heads.
    8:16 PM – 24 Mar 2014

    This is a country where the Army has to issue a press release rebuking some people&reminding them of their sacrifices. Still madness rules.
    8:21 PM – 24 Mar 2014

    No thanks. We will neither migrate nor wear suicide jackets. We shall protest for a tolerant, democratic, law-abiding #Pakistan
    8:26 PM – 24 Mar 2014

    #AlQaeda may have been defeated physically in Pakistan. But Its ideology has penetrated the minds & public discourse. A real victory.
    8:35 PM – 24 Mar 2014

    People are willing to ignore & hug those who kill civilians but will continue to harp condemnation of Muhsarraf, US, Army, Lal Masjid op!
    8:36 PM – 24 Mar 2014

    If playing football with the heads of slain soldiers cannot stir public opinion’, time to reflect which is greater? Islamism or Pakistaniat?
    8:38 PM – 24 Mar 2014

    Consensus: Afia Siddiqi is a heroine, Lal Masjid – an AlQaeda sanctuary- cannot be touched,Taliban can deliver peace in the country/region.
    8:41 PM – 24 Mar 2014

    For a country where majority supports capital punishment, its leadership, state organs shy of hanging those who are convicted.Fear&sympathy!
    8:43 PM – 24 Mar 2014

    Even the honourable ideologue who attacked General Headquarters was sentenced. State cannot execute him, just to let you know guys!
    8:44 PM – 24 Mar 2014

    The guy who nearly killed the President & Army Chief allowed to escape from prison, interviewed on TV and was at large. What law?
    8:45 PM – 24 Mar 2014

    Extraordinary: Army/Police personnel killed by militants of Lal Mosque forgotten while the mosque leader free & member of peace committees?
    8:48 PM – 24 Mar 2014