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Raza Rumi loves Hamid Mir loves Hafiz Saeed: A tale of Pakistan’s pseudo-liberals – by Ankur Desai

Source: Pakistan Blogzine

Hamid Mir – the new champion of Pakistan’s “liberals”? – by Anwar Changezi

Related post: Hamid Mir and Raza Rumi’s attack on an establishment planted virus

Does Hamid Mir continue his great father’s legacy in journalism?

In the last few months, certain apparently “liberal” journalists in Pakistan (several of them belong to the Najam Sethi club and/or ISI-sponsored Jinnah Institute) have been trying to promote Hamid Mir and other dubious persons as anti-military establishment, champion of free media and human rights.

For example, last year Omar Waraich published a column in The Time in which he tried to present three widely known apologists and propagandists of the military establishment, namely Hamid Mir, Ejaz Haider and Najam Sethi, as anti-ISI.

However, while Pakistan’s pseudo-liberals have been unable to repair the lost credibility of Hamid Mir, Sethi, Haider etc, in this process they have dented their own credentials.

In the latest expression of the pseudo-liberal right-wing alliance, Raza Rumi (the liberal posing editor of Pak Tea House blog and The Friday Times magazine) was seen today (8 April 2012) promoting Hamid Mir in the following words:

RazaRumi
Met the brave @HamidMirGEO today. Great to see him continue his great father’s legacy in journalism! #Pakistan

As a keen reader of Pakistani journalism and politics, I immediately noticed that nothing could be a bigger insult to the memory of late Waris Mir to compare his great legacy with the yellow journalism of ideologically and financially bankrupt Hamid Mir.

Waris Mir gave his life boldly writing and resisting against General Zia-ul-Haq’s military regime and its Islamo-fascist Jihadi poodles (Jamaat-e-Islami, to be specific). In contrast, Hamid Mir became a willing partner and tool of the Deep State (army) and actively promoted and supported Pakistan army’s Jihadi policies in Afghanistan and Kashmir. Hamid Mir developed links with the Al Qaeda and Taliban (including Punjabi Taliban aka Sipah-e-Sahaba) and was trusted by their senior leaders as an important spokesman in Pakistan’s print and electronic media.

Mir was also found to be involved in hate speech against Ahmadiyya Muslims in one of the audiotapes leaked two years ago. A few days after the tape was leaked, at least 100 Ahmadiyya Muslims were brutally butchered in Lahore by Hamid Mir’s friends, the Punjabi Taliban (aka Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan SSP / ASWJ)

Further, Mir’s role in Khalid Khwaja’s murder by the Taliban is also pending investigation despite the police report and numerous appeals by late Khwaja’s son. http://ahmadiyyatimes.blogspot.co.uk/2010/05/pakistan-audio-tape-implicates-hamid.html

Hamid Mir has consistently misrepresented the ISI-sponsored Shia genocide as Hazara specific ethnic violence in Quetta and Sunni-Shia sectarian violence in other parts of Pakistan.

Most recently, Hamid Mir has appeared as an advocate of Hafiz Saeed’s human rights in response to the US announcement of bounty of $10 Millions on the head of Hafiz Saeed, the founder of notorious terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba aks Jamaat-Ud-Dawa in Pakistan which is also an ally of another terrorist group Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (aka Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat), also has close linkages with much maligned intelligence agency of Pakistan, the ISI. Not only the ISI has been denying the charges on Hafiz Saeed but also many of ISI’s assets within Pakistan’s Urdu media (generally right-wing) and English media (generally pseudo-liberals) have extended support to Hafiz Saeed.

In this task, Hamid Mir is aided by none other than another fake anti-ISI hero, Ejaz Haider, and other affiliates of the Jinnah Institute. (Raza Rumi recently contributed to the Jinnah Institute’s dishonest report on Shia genocide a few weeks ago.)

In his interview with an Indian TV channel yesterday(7 April), Hamid Mir presented an apologist and dishonest view on Hafiz Saeed. He completely disregarded the fact that Hafiz Saeed is the founder and main leader of the ISI-sponsored LeT-JuD Jihadi network which is responsible for terrorist activities in Indian-administered Kashmir and other parts of India. He also lied that Hafiz Saeed was very unpopular in Pakistan and the bounty money had made him popular. How would he explain the presence of thousands of ISI-backed mercenaries who used to attend Hafiz Saeed (JuD) and Ahemd Ludhianvi (ASWJ-SSP) led Difa-e-Pakistan rallies in Lahore, Karachi and other cities in the last few months?

http://youtu.be/_cNMOCVzcLU

What’s common in Hamid Mir and Raza Rumi ?

Both of them misrepresent ISI-sponsored Shia genocide in Pakistan as ‘sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shias’; https://lubpak.net/archives/58905 and https://lubpak.net/archives/74987

Both misrepresent the suffering of Ahmadiyya Muslims by the Pakistani state; https://lubpak.net/archives/74987 http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010%5C05%5C16%5Cstory_16-5-2010_pg1_6

Both’s economic interests are aligned with Pakistan’s ruling classes, particularly the military establishment;

Both of them use general stereotypes to label and reduce Pakistan Shias as Iranian agents; https://lubpak.net/archives/75388

Both attack and abuse critical voices. Hamid Mir attacked LUBP blog in his Capital Talk talk-show, Raza Rumi attacked both Pakistan Blogzine and LUBP terming their editors as sub-humans, internet viruses, fake activists, Iranian proxies and agency plants.

Update 14 April 2012: Hamid Mir wants to wipe out Shia identity of Hazaras of Quettas just as ASWJ-SSP terrorists want to wipe out Shias.

We are very sad and sorry to note that a noted liberal columnist such as Raza Rumi is presenting and promoting a patent affiliate and apologist of the Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba.

As a matter of principle, we refuse to recognize pseudo-liberals as representing the liberal or progressive section of Pakistani society. We also advise our readers to keep a close eye on the pseudo-liberal right-wing alliance in Pakistani media, which is currently busy in manufacturing and promoting fake heroes.

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  • This column touched the deepest cores of my heart. Kindly continue the good work and expose these pseudo liberals.

  • How Trolls are confounding the Shia Rights Discourse
    April 25th, 2012
    by Abdul Majeed

    Source: Pak Tea House (editor: Raza Rumi)

    An article recently published in a notorious blog went on to criticize The Friday Times, Raza Rumi, Saleem Javed, Khaled Ahmad and Ali Chishti,because they dared to use the word “sectarian killings” instead of “Shia genocide” which is the term favored by the author of that post. The article also posited that there is a systemic genocide committed against Shias and that the #DeepState is somehow promoting it. The author did not specify exactly what benefit the #DeepState gets if they are actually complicit, when all it does is to actually compromise and damage its own writ and control. The article wanted us to believe that “Sectarian Violence/Genocide” is being “mis-represented” as a Proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The article mentioned the plight of the Hazara Shias and that they are not the only people to be targeted by the state-sponsored elements, rather it is a wide-spread national issue.

    1. First of all, let me admit that I think Shias have been mercilessly killed in Pakistan over the last 26 years, this killing has been supported by the Saudis and the sectarian groups were formed, if not at least facilitated, by the #DeepState

    2. Selective Amnesia
    There is a lot of flip-flopping and incessant nit-picking in the article. The issue of Genocide/Sectarian Killing is mostly a matter of Semantics. These people can claim that Genocide of Shias and Balcohs is being carried out while mostly ignoring the Genocide of settlers in Balochistan. They highlight it on rare occasions but ignore the 2000+ dead and 100,000 fleeing settlers from Balochistan just because of their ethnicity and THAT is an actual genocide!

    Genocide is a very strong word to be thrown around to win cheap publicity and points. Who will take up the case of 35 thousand Non-Shia Non-Hazara innocent people killed by the same Takfiris? Should we call that a genocide as well.?

    5. The #DeepState Question/Proposition
    Regarding the fact that Establishment(#DeepState) provided tacit support to sectarian groups such as Sipah Sahaba(ASWJ) and the likes of it(as part of the flawed Strategic Depth policy), these groups are no longer in control of the Deep State.
    These groups have outgrown their previous state backers and now openly declare them as enemies and facilitate some brutal attacks on the very #Deep State today. If the author got a chance to look at the newspapers in the last 3 years, there are numerous incidents where the Army even ISI and Commandos were attacked by the same groups due to their collaboration with the Takfiri Al Qaeda and TTP.
    If the State’s role has to be questioned, then a better argument would be that the State has failed to ensure rule of law across the land, rather than conveniently blame it for all our collective ills.

    http://pakteahouse.net/2012/04/25/how-trolls-are-confounding-the-shia-discourse/

  • Hamid Mir is a snake. Problem is it’s not clear which time its going to bite this time. Everyone should remain at their guard from Hamid Mir.

  • Raza Rumi is a liberal icon of Pakistan. There is no way he could have supported a Taliban mouthpiece like Hamid Mir. This tweet is a lie! I don’t believe this. You all are fake people making up fake things. Raza bhai could never have said this.

  • Wah, wah. Rumi just met Mir once and you lambast him, what about when last month NFP attended a media conference in UK and became pals with Mir. He also tweeted ( from UK), praising him.

  • Mubasher Lucman ‏ @MubasherLucman · Open
    @Razarumi I hope you will now also write in detail on your blog about Mr Najam Sethi and how he made his first million by illegal publishing
    Raza Rumi ‏ @Razarumi Close
    @MubasherLucman dear ML: There are at least two dozen regular writers on PTH. One of them wrote it. And NS has nothing to with the post.
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    12h Mubasher Lucman ‏ @MubasherLucman · Open
    @Razarumi Dear RR. You are the owner of this blog. Please now have the Ethics to publish what I write about Najam and Yourself too…Thanks
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    12h Mubasher Lucman ‏ @MubasherLucman · Open
    @Razarumi Maybe you should also investigate why some publishers in India are claiming piracy by your boss to the tune of millions of dolalrs

    Najam Sethi ‏ @najamsethi Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
    Just met ShafqatMahmood PTI. Hello, liberal Fascist, he said. Hello, Real Fascist, I said. Then we embraced and dined with US Amb Munter!
    Retweeted by Raza Rumi

  • @Abdul Majeed Wajid, you got censored on Pak Tea House for writting something bold and yet, your abuse is only reserved for LUBP! LOL!!

    Here is the post that you wrote and which is now on your blog:

    http://abdulmajeedabid.blogspot.com/2012/04/adventures-of-aabpara-boys.html

    I don’t care if Abdul bhai is a pen name; his discourse is far more honest than your boss Raza Rumi who just censored you!

    BTW, I read your articles on Shia trolls. Weak post where your arguements are incoherent full of straw manning. The term Shia Genocide provides clarity to a discourse where the Ahle-Te Shian are being systematically killed by State-backed Jihadists.

    The same Jihadists are also killing Sunnis, Ahmadis, Christains, Sikhs, Balochis so your contention that others are not being mentioned by LUBP is false. FYI, please see what LUBP has written for Baloch.

    I also did a simple search on LUBP and Tarek Fatah and here is the tag:

    http://criticalppp.com/archives/tag/tarek-fatah

    I hope the censoring of your own post by your own editor would serve as an eye opener to you.

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    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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