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How can anyone stand with Ejaz Haider and Najam Sethi and proclaim themselves to be liberal? – by Mustafa Junejo

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I simply cannot understand how anyone can stand with Ejaz Haider and Najam Sethi and not comprehend the intellectual dishonesty and the wilful obfuscation of facts by these two people.

Ejaz Haider’s latest rubbish against Prof Hoodbhoy is there for all to see. It has been beautifully taken apart by Rusty Walker in a recent post at LUBP.

After all, this is the same person who has distorted the serious issue of Baloch and Shia Genocide. For him, the embattled Shias of Quetta are Iranian Fifth columnists – a point of view that is straight out of a Sipah-e-Sahaba pamphet!

His advocacy for Hafiz Saeed as well as his advocacy against Dr. Afridi for the latter’s role in apprehending an international terrorist and mass murderer OBL are a matter for public record.

Same is the case with his abusive email against President Zardari. How can this man ever be a liberal?

Similarly, how can anyone call Najam Sethi a liberal? The same person who contradicts himself at convenience but mantains a racist, Punjabi centric discourse that is bitterly against the Pakistan Peoples Party. Why do people forget his seemingly treacherous act against his own comrades in 1976 when he was flying around in a military helicopter. Or his promotion of a deeply controversial and contentious book that seeks to diminish the role in Bengal genocide of 1971. Not to mention his racist views against Pashtuns that were highlighted on twitter and LUBP.

After all, this is the same Najam Sethi who collaborated with army and a traitor to unseat an elected government. If that was not enough, he even served in the following caretaker administration as a minister. His advocacy for a biased pro-establishment judiciary and for trying to portray them and Nawaz Sharif as “anti-establishment” reeks of both bias and intellectual dishonesty.

But for some people, these two characters will always remain liberal. This is truly a sad state of affairs. In the long run, this will not support the dubious liberal credentials of Sethi and Ejaz.

In the long run, this is to diminish the credibility of those who insist on supporting them due to a bizarre sense of tribalism. Just as standing with the establishment-sponsored HDP activists who are doing their best to misrepresent Shia Genocide in Quetta and insist on calling it as “ethnic violence” thereby separating themselves from the rest of the Shias in Pakistan and deflecting criticism away from their ISI-backed LeJ operatives who are killing Hazaras in Quetta because of their Shia faith.

The growing nexus between the psuedo-liberals and the ghairatmands is the worst kept secret in Pakistan and is now being celebrated publically on social media (twitter).  It is sad to see those who are supporting this nexus and championing anti-Ahmadi bigots like Hamid Mir.

Marvi Sirmed ji, I was shocked to see your tweets in favour of Ejaz Haider and Najam Sethi. Personally I don’t consider them liberals and would feel very uncomfortable in defending the persons with tarnished track record and compromised professional and ethical standards. Nonetheless, it is your choice to stand with them just as it is my choice to expose their dishonesty!

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  • Can you please post the picture when Marvi Sirmed chose to speak to no more than five activists of ISI-supported Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) in Islamabasd to condemn “ethnic killing of Hazaras” instead of joining thousands of Shias who were protesting against Shia genocide?

  • Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed
    @aamir_khan82 Don’t know who is @anjumkiani. But following @abdulnishapuri who often disappoints me by attacking liberals. And ONLY liberals

    Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed
    If we don’t give a chicken’s shit when they ask for our ‘patriotism’ certificate, we don’t want liberalism certificate Mr. @AbdulNishapuri

    @_R_Srikanth
    Let’s defend Ejaz Haider, the defender of Pakistan army!
    http://t.co/aUy9CEZN

  • Hamza Baloch ‏@H_Balouch
    I think #lubp is also belong the x-amb haqani fake site list! #Pakistan

  • What a pathetic post. This abusive and personal attack on Marvi Sirmed is unacceptable. LUDO-wallas, Rumi, Hamid Mir, Ejaz Haider are all against the ISI. Ejaz Haider is the only author who has written against Shia Genocide. You all are filthy, anti-Shia ISI pithoos!!

    Have you written anything against ISI?
    Has LUDO written anything about Shia Genocide?

    NO. NO. Now you are attacking those who have written on these topics and you are abusing Marvi for standing with them. Shame shame shame shame.

  • @Asad

    Where’s personal attack on Marvi in this post?

    What are you smoking?

  • @Nasir,

    You Shut up and stop your abuse against me and Raza Rumi and Marvi Sirmed. Your personal attacks will not stand. You have no arguement which is why you are abusing Marvi and Rumi.

    This article is full of abuse and personal attacks. I say so and that is that. So shut up you idiot. Stop being abusive you rabid Jiyala turd!

  • @Nasir, also, none of your damned business if I smoke anything. I am rich, I support PTI and I can smoke whatever I want. Get it. Smelly, abusive Jiyalas can get lost and take your stupid LUDO website and shove it.

  • @Asad,

    LUBP is funded by Zardari and Gillani. They employ Jamaat-e-Islami thugs from Punjab university with monthly salaries of Rs. 5 million. Meanwhile honest and liberal journalists like Hamid Mir make a fraction of that. This site is very critical of liberal journalists of Jang Group like Ansar Abbasi, Hamid Mir and Najam Sethi. Also, they are against anti-establishment secular politicians like Shahbaz Sharif and PML N volunteer activists like Raza Rumi. They are a pro-ISI Wahabi site! Their articles are full of abuse and personal attacks. No one reads them and no one cares what they say.

  • According to Jinnah Institute’s Raza Rumi (an employee of Najam Sethi), Hamid Mir continues his great father’s legacy in journalism:

    http://criticalppp.com/archives/76188

    ………..

    For a list of Al Qaeda’s most favoured journalists (MFJs), refer to this article: http://dawn.com/2012/05/04/al-qaedas-relations-with-pakistan-were-fraught-with-difficulties/ via @ravezjunejo

    Hamid Mir, Saleem Safi, Rahimullah Yusufzai and Jamal Ismail are Al Qaeda’s most trusted journalists. Are we surprised?

    …….

    Marvi Sirmed discovers a new friend in Hamid Mir (patent hater of Shias and Ahmadis, an ally of Taliban and Al Qaeda):

    Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed
    @Watandost I am noticing some really welcome changes in @HamidMirGEO lately. His and @Najamsethi’s programs keep their Group’s sanity intact

    Hamid Mir ‏@HamidMirGEO
    @marvisirmed @Watandost @Najamsethi I never said anything new i m saying these things since very long ta least from 1990 so i m not changed

    (Comment: Above tweet reminds us of LeJ-ASWJ’s terrorist Malik Ishaq’s comment when he was released by Pakistan’s Supreme Court: jo pehlay kartay aaie hain, aaindah bhi kartay rahain ga. I will keep doing what I have done in the past.)

    Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed
    @HamidMirGEO Then I’m glad to discover you janaab. Have been reading you otherwise since long. Welcome to the club 🙂 @Watandost @Najamsethi

    Hamid Mir ‏@HamidMirGEO
    @Watandost Many people called me and said dont speak too much truth i told them we can save Pakistan only by truth not by lies.Save Pakistan

    Hamid Mir ‏@HamidMirGEO
    @MohsinHijazee Thanks.I never said anything new to Shehzad Roy.Its great that he tried to understand the problems of Balochistan.

    Hamid Mir ‏@HamidMirGEO
    @iam_mudassar Govtof Pakistan never gave freedom actually media people risking their lives and paying price of freedom http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-29192-Pakistan,-most-dangerous-for-media:-RSF
    View conversation

    Hamid Mir ‏@HamidMirGEO
    @zishee You are mistaken.I m not fighting with any indvidual.I m fighting for a cause.They have launched a person who was a minister by Mush

    Hamid Mir ‏@HamidMirGEO
    @zishee Everybody knows that whenever i raise the issue of missing persons intelligence agencies try to pressurize through their paid agents

    Hassan Abbas ‏@Watandost
    But Hamid you are more articulate and effective now RT:“@HamidMirGEO: @marvisirmed @Watandost @Najamsethi I never said anything new…”

    Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed
    @Watandost Am still grateful to him for responding to my letter in a very graceful manner. @HamidMirGEO @Najamsethi

    Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed
    @Watandost I also reacted very aggressively when that infamous audio was planted. Even wrote an open letter to him @HamidMirGEO @Najamsethi

    Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed
    @Watandost Sharp difference of opinion sometimes begets communication block. I had stopped reading his Qalam Kamaan @HamidMirGEO @Najamsethi

    Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed
    @Watandost Yes that’s true. Also, I had thought he is in favour of Afghan Taliban between 1996 – 2001. I was not @HamidMirGEO @Najamsethi

    Hassan Abbas ‏@Watandost
    Excellent comments of @HamidMirGEO on Geo TV’s ‘Wasu aur Main’ – Shahzad Roy’s great effort focusing in Baluchistan

    Mosharraf Zaidi ‏@mosharrafzaidi
    amen. “@HamidMirGEO: @Watandost …we can save Pakistan only by truth not by lies.Save Pakistan”

    Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed
    @Watandost I am noticing some really welcome changes in @HamidMirGEO lately. His and @Najamsethi’s programs keep their Group’s sanity intact

    Hassan Abbas ‏@Watandost
    Best wishes “@HamidMirGEO: Many people called me and said dont speak too much truth i told them we can save Pakistan only by truth..”

    Hassan Abbas ‏@Watandost
    But Hamid you are more articulate and effective now RT:“@HamidMirGEO: @marvisirmed @Watandost @Najamsethi I never said anything new…”

    Hamid Mir ‏@HamidMirGEO
    @Watandost @marvisirmed @Najamsethi Hasan you know me since very long when u were a police officer once you took me to a baba ji for dua

    Hamid Mir ‏@HamidMirGEO
    @Watandost Yes i believe in Sufis will definitely meet your Baba ji again

    ………..

    Hamid Mir (an operative of Military Intelligence) praises Sherry Rehman, founder of Pakistan army’s Jinnah Institute:

    Good to see Mosharraf Zaidi, Hamid Mir, Raza Rumi & some others praising Sherry Rehman. Helps in connecting the dots. #PseudoLiberalRightWingAlliance

    Hamid Mir ‏@HamidMirGEO
    @shahzadgillani @AajKamranKhan @TalatHussain12 Twitter restored in Pakistan.This is the difference between democracy and dictatorship.

    Hamid Mir ‏@HamidMirGEO
    @mosharrafzaidi @SherryRehman @UsamaKhilji Sherry Rehman played important role for the restoration of twitter in Pakistan.

    Hamid Mir ‏@HamidMirGEO
    @farhadjarral @SherryRehman @SenRehmanMalik Sir may be you have more information than me but i know Sherry spoke to the boss of RM sahib

    Mosharraf Zaidi ‏@mosharrafzaidi
    Ambassador @SherryRehman’s excellent Op-Ed on Pak-US relations in the Chicago Tribune – http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-oped-0520-pakistannato-20120520,0,2761699.story

    sherryrehman ‏@sherryrehman
    @balalhaidermy commitment to minorities, women is reflected in every major public statement. Will never stop. MNA’s job diff from Ambassado

    Raza Rumi ‏@Razarumi
    Ambassador Sherry Rehman on CNN’s Situation Room http://bit.ly/KtJTkf #pakistan v @USAforPAK

    Raza Rumi ‏@Razarumi
    @CMShehbaz made v impt remarks on militancy in South Punjab. Good that he is cognizant of the challenge.Urgent reform/state-building reqd!

    ……….

    Raza Rumi parrots Najam Sethi’s lies and blames elected parliament for NATO supply blockade decision:

    Raza Rumi ‏@Razarumi
    President Zardari has asked U.S. to help the Gov of Pak reach closure on the Salala episode “by following path indicated by Pak Parliament.”

    beena sarwar ‏@beenasarwar
    RT @Razarumi: US should apologise,respect our parliament/settle the issue.We can then open supplies so that the US leaves Afg as planned.

    Tarek Fatah ‏@TarekFatah
    Guys, u do realize it is an act of war to impose a blockade on a landlocked country like Afghanistan. @beenasarwar @razarumi Wake up.

    Raza Rumi ‏@Razarumi
    @TarekFatah Understand what you are saying but as a democrat, I back the parliamentary decisions. Hope this is settled @beenasarwar

    ImSoomro @ImSoomro
    LOL @ “I back the parliamentary decisions” when every honest persons knows that such decisions are enforced by Pakistan army. Shame on Raza Rumi

    http://criticalppp.com/archives/77192

  • Marvi Sirmed discovers new Hamid Mir but Mir insists he has always been like this.

    Raza Rumi considers Hamid Mir continuing his father’s legacy.

    Omar Waraich presents Hamid Mir as anti-ISI.

    Al Qaeda considers Hamid Mir along with Saleem Safi and Rahimullah Yusufzai as three most trusted journalists.

    Good one!

  • Marvi Sirmed ‏@marvisirmed
    @Watandost I am noticing some really welcome changes in @HamidMirGEO lately. His and @Najamsethi’s programs keep their Group’s sanity intact

    20 May Ayesha Siddiqa ‏@iamthedrifter
    @marvisirmed sweety that’s a good ploy as well

    Ayesha Siddiqa ‏@iamthedrifter
    @KamranShafi46 @omar_quraishi then you have Hamir Mir testifying before the Abbotabad Comm that OBL was 2 smart 4 anyone 2 know he was there