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Instead of condemning ASWJ-SSP, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari attacks LUBP

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As an independant alternative media web site, LUBP has always strived to publish valid criticism of mainstream media from a wide spectrum. An alternative perspective is particularly needed in a State like Pakistan where establishment enjoys a tight control on Urdu and English media in the shape of right-wing and pseudo-liberal journalists who peddle false Sunni-Shia or Iran-Saudi binaries to obfuscate takfiri Deobandi terrorism of ASWJ-TTP against Sunni Barelvis, Shias, Christians etc.

Dismissing valid criticism as abuse and slander is a weak and typical response of those who lack a counter argument.

In our unconditional condemnation of the the Sipah-e-Sahaba’s (ASWJ, the urban face of TTP) attack on Raza Rumi, we were not biased by our ideological and analytical differences with Rumi on the issue of clear identification of takfiri Deobandi terrorists of ASWJ-SSP. In fact we continue to name ASWJ-SSP as the culprit, and encourage all media persons to clearly name ASWJ-SSP-TTP network which is responsible for systematic attacks on Pakistani media, paritcularly on Express Media group.

LUBP has been critical of Najam Sethi, Sherry Rehman, Raza Rumi and certain other journalists on the issue of promoting anti-Ahmadi, anti-Shia pro-TTP cleric Tahir Ashrafi Deobandi as a progressive voice. It is one thing to support a single initiative but not at the cost of overlooking hate speech. Similarly, LUBP has been critical of estbalishment-frinedly think-tanks like the Jinnah Institute which promote the establishment’s artificial binaries of Good vs Bad Taliban, Pakistani vs Afghan Taliban as well the space and soft interviews provided to Deobandi hate clerics and terrorists in the Friday Times and the Jinnah Institute.

LUBP has been critical of the same Takfiri Deobandi militant groups who besides targetting Sunni Barelvis/Sufis, Shias, Ahmadis, Christians and Hindus also target progressive politicians and journalists. Our previous criticism of Raza Rumi should be viewed in its proper context just as our support for him when he too has been targetted by the same militant groups. It is absurd, dishonest and completely illogical to equate our valid criticism of TTP-ASWJ terrorism with the attack on journalists by the same Takfiri groups. Those who abuse us by distorting our argumnts and not even providing a reference for their slander only weaken their own credibility – not ours. Our support for Raza Rumi in the unfortunate attack on him stands just as our criticism of him in the past. Mashing the two to deflect criticism from the Taliban and ASWJ/LeJ is not a tactic that will work.

LUBP ‏@CriticalPPP
We condemn ASWJ-TTP terrorists’ attack on Raza Rumi: LAHOR (28 March 2014): TTP-ASWJ terrorist have struck Exp… http://bit.ly/1rLzZ5v

BilawalBhuttoZardari ‏@BBhuttoZardari
U hurl abuses&slander @Razarumi then condemn whn attack.Did same 2 shaheed Taseer.Abuse while alive & cry whn dead.Shame on u. @CriticalPPP

RobotFilly ‏@RobotFilly
@BBhuttoZardari @Razarumi @CriticalPPP You are judging people for actually being against the attack?

Zain ul abidin ‏@zainengineer
@BBhuttoZardari @SaimaMohsin @Razarumi @CriticalPPP
criticizing journalists is fair game. should encourage criticize over violence

Ghost of TK ‏@tabankhamosh
@BBhuttoZardari One doesn’t hv to ideologically agree w/ someone to condemn violence ag them. kapeesh? @farhadjarral @Razarumi @CriticalPPP

Zain GOHAR ‏@XyneGOHAR
@BBhuttoZardari @Razarumi @CriticalPPP are u serious? Do u even think before tweeting such crap?

Malik T. Amjad Awan ‏@786Tanwir
@BBhuttoZardari @Razarumi @CriticalPPP WHAT DID SIND GOVT did for safety of media, where offices & staff got killed

Adroit ‏@Adroit_01
@BBhuttoZardari @Razarumi but @CriticalPPP always condemn LEJ & terrorists wings at least !!

Shahid ‏@tweeting58
@BBhuttoZardari @Razarumi @CriticalPPP Children still dying in Thar the perpetuators responsible thriving and kicking shame Bilawal Zardari

Ailia Zehra ‏@AiliaZehra
CM #Sindh Qaim Ali Shah is Lashkar-e-Jhangvi tout, says PPP leader Faisal Raza Abidi http://shar.es/BcFq7 cc: @BBhuttoZardari

Ali Taj ‏@AliAbbasTaj
@BBhuttoZardari V. disappointed that you first misrepresented our criticism and did not even provide the link to our article. We stand by our dozens of article supporting Taseer as well as our one article critisizing him https://lubpak.net/archives/273049

Here is the actual reference which you did not even bother to provide https://lubpak.net/archives/273049

It is our democratic right to publish valid criticism as it is duty of PPP-lead Sindh Govt. to provide security from ASWJ.

TTP-ASWJ wich is threatening u as well has a track record 4 attacking media yet u are using ur platform to slander us! shame

When will PPP-Sindh Govt place an arrest warrant 4 hatemongering clerics of ASWJ http://brownpundits.blogspot.com/2012/12/27/a-sipah-e-sahaba-leader-speaks/

#LUBP has published scores of articles critical of #PMLN-ASWJ alliance as well as failure of PPP to take concrete steps also

It is pathetic that u have time 2 make weak attacks on us but stay mostly silent on daily attacks on Sunnis & Shias by #ASWJ

Will #PPP reflect on the associations of its own senior leaders with ASWJ/LeJ as seen here https://lubpak.net/archives/302939

Will #PPP confront its own senior leaders on their ASWJ/LeJ connections https://lubpak.net/archives/246875

We have backed our counter to ur slander with facts, news clippings etc instead of relying on hearsey like you have

Are u even familiar with #ASWJ/LeJ’s latest attack on us https://twitter.com/ASWJPak/status/449772992390639616

World Shia Forum ‏@WorldShiaForum 10h
@CriticalPPP Very irresponsible comment by @BBhuttoZardari. We are disappointed. @husainhaqqani

Sunni4Peace ‏@Sunni4Peace 1h
@AliAbbasTaj Today @BBhuttoZardari & banned Deobandi outfit ASWJ (urban face of TTP) stand united in attacking Shia & Sunni Barelvi bloggers

Sunni4Peace ‏@Sunni4Peace
@BBhuttoZardari Show a bit of maturity if you lack in sanity. At least, try to be quiet if you can’t name ASWJ terrorists. Aurangzeb Farooqi Deobandi of ASWJ is freely killing Shias and Sunni Barelvis. He lives in Sindh, not Punjab. Instead of condemning Deobandi ASWJ terrorists, you are attacking Sunni Barelvis and Shias? Shame! You and your party have done zilch to stop Shia genocide and Sunni Barelvi genovide in Sindh. Based on your logic, since Najam Sehti criticized/defamed BB, he is also complicit to her murder

LUBP ‏@CriticalPPP
@BBhuttoZardari Instead of clearly condeming Deobandi ASWJ terrorists you are attacking Shia bloggers? Shame on you! Ashamed should be Sindh govt & PPP which silently presides over Shia genocide and Sunni Barelvi genocide in Sindh. Will you take action against Aurangzeb Farooqi who lives in Sindh, not Punjab?

Aamir Hussaini
بہت افسوس ہوا یہ دیکه کر کہ چئیرمین بلاول بهٹو زرداری ایک مخصوص ٹولے کے بہکاوے میں آکر تعمیرپاکستان ویب سائٹ کے بارے میں بے جا تنقید کی اور خود اپنی ،سنده پی پی پی کے بعض ارکان اور سنده حکومت کے دیوبندی تکفیری دهشت گردوں بارے گول مول ڈسکورس پر غور ہی کرنے کی زحمت نہیں کررہے
ان کو یہ سوچنا چاہئیے کہ تعمیر پاکستان ویب سائٹ نے تو ہمیشہ پی پی پی کے نظریاتی موقف کو آگے بڑهانے میں اہم کردار ادا کیا اور مسلم لیگ نواز سمیت اینٹی پی پی پی فورسز جو دیوبندی تکفیری دہشت گردوں کی سب سے بڑی حامی ہیں کو بہت ٹف ٹائم دیا ہوا ہے
یہ ویب سائٹ جتنی جرات اور بے باکی سے کام کررہی ہے اس کا مقابلہ کوئی اور سائٹ نہیں کرسکتی جبهی تو دیوبندی تکفیری جماعت اہل سنت والجماعت کا آفیشل ٹوئٹر پیج اس کے خلاف مغلظات سے بهرا ہوا ہے

Ahmad Noorani @Ahmad_Noorani
I m sure that attack on Raza Rumi wil lead to bring an end to the nexus between media houses& terrorist organizations like ASWJ/LeJ/SSP/TTP.

پیجا مستری ‏@pejamistri
@CriticalPPP @BBhuttoZardari I hope Bilawal Bhutto does not jump into the lap of the professional “liberals”. Youth gets impressed so easily. The youth particularly the british “muslim” youth is so impressed by “professional” liberalism.

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Ali Abbas Taj is the Editor of Let Us Build Pakistan.
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  • 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

    http://razarumi.com/?p=6132

    https://storify.com/Pakteahouse1/worrying-signs-of-pakistani-public-discourse-1

  • مجهے بہت صدمہ ہوا یہ دیکه کر کہ بلاول بهٹو زرداری نے ایل یو بی پاک کی جانب اپنی توپوں کا رخ ویسے ہی کیا جیسے دیوبندی تکفیری دہشت گرد جماعت اہل سنت والجماعت کے سرکاتی ٹوئٹر اکاونٹ پر کیا گیا پی پی پی کے چئیرمین کی یہ نابالغی بہت تکلیف دہ ہے اور اس بات کی علبهی کہ وہ ایک مخصوص گروہ کے ہاتهوں یرغمال

  • Bilawal should answer why Professor Sibt-e-Jaffar was killed on his bike and Professor Taqi Hadi in a rickshaw while his killer illiterate Aurengzeb Farooqi roams around sindh with sindh police protocol?

    Why ASWJ is allowed to gather anywhere in Sindh while MWM workers are arrested for trying to gather people for shia-sunni unity ?

    Why ASWJ has been placed in Khairpur(sindh) to get fear vote from Shias?

    Why 100% shia villages near Tando Adam(sindh) face govt land encroached deobandi madderrsa terrorism?

  • حملہ آوروں کا اصلی نشانہ رضا رومی کا ڈرائیور مصطفیٰ تھا

    لاہور (خصوصی رپورٹ) روزنامہ امت کو ملنے والی خصوصی رپورٹ کے مطابق جمعہ اٹھائیس مارچ کوکالم نگار اور ٹی وی اینکر رضا رومی کی کار پر حملے کا اصلی نشانہ ان کا ڈرائیور غلام مصطفیٰ تھا – مصطفیٰ کی عمر پچیس سال تھی اور ان کی شادی چند ماہ قبل ہوئی تھی

    بتایا گیا ہے کہ مرحوم مصطفیٰ کا تعلق اہلسنت بریلوی مسلک سے ہے اور ان کے گھرانے میں صوفیا کرام کے مزاروں کا بہت احترام کیا جاتا ہے- کام کے سلسلے میں رضا رومی کی کچھ ملاقتیں دیوبندی علماء مولانا طاہر اشرفی، مولانا احمد لدھیانوی و دیگر سے ہوئیں اور وہیں دیوبندی علماء کی حفاظت پر معمور کالعدم تنظیم سپاہ صحابہ کے لوگوں کے ساتھ مصطفیٰ کی کچھ تکرار ہو گئی جو میلاد النبی کے جلوس اور اولیا الله کے مزاروں کی زیارت پر اعتراض کر رہے تھے جس پر مصطفیٰ نے انھیں منع کیا

    جمعہ اٹھائیس مارچ کی شام لاہور کے علاقے راجہ مارکیٹ میں جیسے ہی مصطفیٰ نے گاڑی راجہ مارکیٹ کی طرف مڑی تو چھ مسلح افراد نے گاڑی کو گھیرے میں لے لیا اور مصطفیٰ پر نشانہ باندھ کر فائرنگ کی – گیارہ سے سے زائد گولیاں اس کے جسم میں اتاری گئیں – مصطفیٰ زخموں کی تاب نہ لاتے ہوئے دم توڑ گئے

    خفیہ ادارے اس بات کا جائزہ لے رہے ہیں کہ رضا رومی نے گزشتہ چند ماہ میں کن دیوبندی علما سے ملاقاتیں کیں اور ان ملاقاتوں میں ان علما کی پرائیویٹ سیکیورٹی میں کالعدم تنظیموں کے کون سے لوگ موجود تھے – اس بات کا بھی جائزہ لیا جا رہا ہے کہ رضا رومی کی حفاظت کرنے والے سکیورٹی گارڈ نے حملہ آوروں پر جوابی کاروائی کیوں نہ کی

    http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1s1966q

    بے چارے پچیس سالہ مصطفی کو کس ناکردہ گناہ کی سزا ملی کہ اسے بھی جان سے ہاتھ دھونا پڑا؟؟ ابھی تو اس نوجوان ڈرائیور کی شادی کو چند ماہ ہی گزرے تھے۔۔ بیوہ کا سہاگ اجاڑنے والے کیا ہوئے؟؟ کون جانتا ہے کہ ماں باپ کی رحلت کے بعد مصطفی چار بہن بھائیوں کا اکلوتا کفیل تھا؟؟ کیا مصطفی بھی کالم نویس تھا؟ ، یہ ڈرائیور خبطی تھا، مذہب کے نام پر خود کش حملوں کی مخالفت کرتا تھا، اور انتہا پسندی کو مذہبی تعلیمات سے بدل ڈالنے کے حق میں دلائل دیتا تھا۔۔ یقینا اسی لیے حملہ آوروں نے مصطفی کو لگے ہاتھوں اڑا ڈالا۔۔ ایسے شخص کا یہی انجام ہونا چاہیے۔۔

    http://daily.urdupoint.com/article/national/aik-khamosh-tehreer-5719.html

  • اقبال کے نام نہاد محافظ…ایازا میر

    اس بات پر غور کیجیے کہ کچھ صحافی اور ٹی وی اینکر حضرات مثلاً رضا رومی، جو گزشتہ دنوں قاتلانہ حملے میں بال بال بچے، جیسے ہیں اور وہ انتہا پسندوں کے نشانے پر ہیں جبکہ اسی قبیلے کے دوسرے سرخیل طالبان کے مشیروں کے فرائض سرانجام دے رہے ہیں ۔ طالبان کا ایک ترجمان ان مشیروں میںسے ایک کوفون کرکے اپنی قید میں موجود ایک شخص ، خالد خواجہ، کے بارے میں رائے دریافت کرتا ہے اور اس قیدی کو سی آئی اے کا ایجنٹ قرار دے دیا جاتا ہے۔ اس کے بعد خواجہ کو گولی مار کر ہلاک کرنے کے بعد لاش کو سڑک کے کنارے پھینک دیا جاتا ہے۔ یہ سب گفتگو یوٹیوب پر ریکارڈ ہے اور آپ کو یقینا اسلام کے اس ٹھیکدار کی آواز پہنچاننے میںکوئی دقت نہیںہوگی۔

    http://beta.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=187248

    Outrage of the patriotic brigade

    Ayaz Amir
    Friday, April 04, 2014

    Consider this: there are journalists and TV anchors like Raza Rumi who come to within an inch of losing their lives at the hands of extremist hit-men and then there are fixtures of the television horizon who act like advisers to the Taliban. A Taliban spokesman calls them to ask their opinion about someone in their custody. And the fixtures scarcely pause before denouncing the captive as a CIA agent. And the man is shot, his body flung on the wayside. All this is recorded and is there for anyone to peruse on YouTube, the voice unmistakable. And such people are also unabashed thekedars of Islam.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-242173-Outrage-of-the-patriotic-brigade

    https://lubp.net/archives/76188

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