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Pakistan: Journalist beaten by religious fanatics for watching ‘unsuitable’ television program


Attackers delivered kicks, slaps and blows saying, they will not let him go unless he repents and says he will not turn his TV on and will stop listening to any kind of music, even if it is Qawali (mystic songs).

Ahmadiyya Times | News Watch | Int’l Desk
Source/Credit:  Asian Human Rights Commission
By AT Staff | September 7, 2012

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) reports that a journalist was attacked and beaten by Muslim extremists for watching television and listening to  mystic religious music which the attackers claimed was against their particular sect.

Police refused to take action because of the involvement of a powerful Islamic seminary, it is learned.

Zainul Abedin of Gulsha-e-Iqbal, Karachi, the op-ed editor of The News, was attacked and beaten by four persons when he was in his own house relaxing with his other family members.

Abedin was surrounded and grabbed by the attackers, with one of the men saying: “You are very fond of watching television and Qawalis, (a mystic and religious song), but you will not be so after today”.

Attackers delivered kicks, slaps and blows saying, they will not let him go unless he repents and says he will not turn his TV on and will stop listening to any kind of music, even if it is Qawali (mystic songs).

”Do not turn on your TV and no songs and Qawalis here; you will not live if it happens again [and] you people and this house will be no more,” the victim was warned.

“We will not break the windows, we will shoot you, kill you.”

AHRC says the Journalist’s neighbours are worried about the increasing intimidation and death threats in the name of actual image of Islam which does not allow music and songs.

“The elected members from the community are refusing to support the people from their electoral constituency,” the right group stated.

According to the information received by AHRC, it has become difficult if not dangerous for young people, particularly women of the community to move about freely as they are constantly being watched by the extremists.

The rights group fears that “the ongoing impotency of the authorities to reign in the extremist activities of the zealots will only encourage them.”

“…one day, sooner rather than later, there will be carnage in the streets carried out in the name of Islam,” AHRC added.

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