Engineer Mohammad Ali is being targeted for countering the vicious sectarian discourse in our narratives. He is being attacked for having a softer and more informed stance on the Ahmadi issue. He is being attacked for questioning the Pak Studies narrative on MBQ.
When clerics go against the grain like Engineer Mohammad Ali and Dr Tahir ul Qadri, they should be supported.
Dr Tahir ul Qadri issued a landmark and detailed fatwa against terrorism. Unlike Darul uloom’s wishy washy and obtuse stance, Dr Tahir ul Qadri explicitly stood up to the Taliban.
His Party (PAT) and him paid a terrible price. In 2014, the Nawaz Sharif regime that was firmly aligned with the murderous Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan massacred and wounded 100 + PAT workers at Model Town.
Women PAT workers were dragged out and shot point blank range by the Punjab police and LeJ operatives who were also being used.
Nawaz, Shahbaz and Rana Sanaullah have still not been held to account for this massacre. Pakistan’s liberals cheered on this massacre and PML N hacks like Hamid Mir saw this as revenge for the botched operation against the actual terrorists in Lal Masjid who were armed with sophisticated automatic weapons including RPGs.
Disclaimer: This does not absolve any cleric, including the ones mentioned here, from hate speech. Hate speech and sectarian baiting, whether it is by clerics or liberals, must be called out and condemned.