Geo apologises for hate speech against Ahmadis in Amir Liaquat’s show


Source: Dawn Com

KARACHI: Following a nation-wide uproar against controversial anti-Ahmadi remarks made during religious host Amir Liaquat Hussain’s morning show, Geo on Tuesday apologised for the editorial lapse. A spokesperson for the media group admitted that the network’s code of conduct was violated in the December 22 show.

Gunmen in Gujranwala had shot dead a member of the Ahmadi religious minority on Saturday, five days after a cleric denounced the community on Liaquat’s show. Luqman Ahad Shehzad was shot in the back of the head near Bhiri Shah Rehman village – a small community of Ahmadis in the Gujranwala district.

There was no apparent direct link between the two incidents. However, local media and civil society assailed the TV channel and the host of the show for inciting extremism and violence against the often-targeted religious minority.


The Urdu video under discussion

To see the whole context of this video:

Another Anti Ahmadiyya Program by Dr Liaqat on Geo TV

Categories: Asia

15 replies

  1. GEO has apologized for the controversial comments made on Amir Liaqat’s show. I would like to thank them but also point out that it is the duty of the moderator or the host of the program to maintain decency in the show by monitoring what is being said on his or her show.

    Amir Liaqat was complicit in inciting violence against the peaceful Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, if you look at his previous record and the context of the whole program.

  2. European Convention of Human Rights
    I think many of the exceptions for freedom of speech are tackled in the Article 10 of European Convention of Human Rights.
    This Article provides the right to freedom of expression, subject to certain restrictions that are “in accordance with law” and “necessary in a democratic society”. This right includes the freedom to hold opinions, and to receive and impart information and ideas, but allows restrictions for:

    interests of national security
    territorial integrity or public safety
    prevention of disorder or crime
    protection of health or morals
    protection of the reputation or the rights of others
    preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence
    maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary

    We would certainly need the best legal minds humanity can offer to give concrete and legalistic details of the above exceptions that may be acceptable to people of all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities.

    If the Supreme Court Justices do not come to our rescue, may be a good and an accomplished writer can help out with a best selling book. But, the key is to at least, win the moderates, in all the established religions of the world and among the agnostics and atheists.

  3. Apologies are not good enough when such incitement leads to murder, and is tantamount to applauding such acts of murder, blood is on the hands of Geo, Liaqat and his cronies.

    This man should not be given a platform to spout hate – when the country is united In tackling extremism, he promotes divisiveness on baseless grounds – he should be sacked and tried

  4. Amir liaqat was seen cheering and clapping in support of the fanatic maulvis. The maulvis should also be taken to task by the government according to its recent policy declarations.

  5. I am glad to learn that GEO TV has accepted that Amir Liaqat’s show on December 22 had indeed violated the ethical code of GEO television and an apology has already been made. However, a lot more needs to be done in Pakistan and beyond for ongoing damage being done to our own Ahmedi Muslim brotheren due to total illiteracy and errogance of numerous clerks and above all since the absurd constitutional amendments were made by the state of Pakistan during Bhutto and Zia-ul-Hague’s regimes that were totally against the teachings of Quran and Islam and must be reversed. I firmly believe, as a true Muslim and admirer of Ahmediyya Jamaat having lived in Rabwah during my college years that Ahmadi ‘s are also true Muslims and they are without any doubt lovers of the Holy prophet Muhammad (PBUH) no less than any true Muslim.

    Deserving of the utmost respect and love, Mirza Ghulam Ahmed in my honest and humble opinion was indeed a true revivalist of the Mission and teachings of Prophet Muhammed ( PBUH) as a final prophet of Islam.

    Even if brutally apartheid in Pakistan over the decades, Jamaat-e- Ahmediyya guided by a non-political spiritual caliphate is a true representative of the same revivalist movement of the prophetic mission. This peace promoting global socio-spiritual movement of a minority of about 10 million Muslims has successfully spread to well over 100 nations of the world with positive recognizable contributions. This movement is reputable in peace-making dialogues, charitable works and educational endeavors in the Western hemisphere also.

    There remains an urgent and ever increasing need for this mission and the path of the prophet (pbuh) to be spread further through unity among all true Muslims given all the turmoil and terror in the world and more so in the Muslim world unfortunately to this day . How can any true Muslims (true followers of Rahmat-ul-Lil-Alameen PBUH) remain negligent of the path of the prophet and go on creating internal divisions and chaos among Muslims? The Muslim world ,at this point in time, needs to be awakened from the slumber and ask Allah (SWT) for collective forgiveness and follow the mission and true path of the prophet(PBUH).

    It was utterly disgusting to watch a criminal minded Mullah, out of no where on Amir Liaquat’s morning show, Subh-e-Pakistan, supported by a gang of radical clerics accuse Pakistan’s one of the most humane, peaceful loving , also one of the most patriotic historic Ahmediyya Muslim community since Pakistan’s creation being blamed for backing terrorism in the country they have loved since its birth . This clerical gang has tried Shifting the blame from the real terrorists in their own groups, and the Taliban apologists pinning the recent and horrible crime in Peshawar on the Ahmedi Muslims, who have endured ongoing multiple attacks from the Taliban and other radical groups themselves over the decades.

    Ahmedis have been wrongly labelled as the agent of Zionism, blasphemers of Islam and traitors of Pakistan by clerics in the likes of Syed Arif Shah Owaisi for decades. Demonizing the already apartheid Ahmedi Muslims, the gang urged Muslims to unite against and fight this “enemy” of Pakistan and Islam.

    All this , when Ahmedi Muslims have continued to speak up for all Muslims persecuted or discriminated against — in Palestine, Syria, Burma, Central Africa, and in the United States and Europe —and because dogmatic differences must never hinder human civility, decency and universal human rights. This is what Prophet Muhammad taught us to begin with.

    But in the last 4 decades, despite the violence, murder, and persecution of Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan and several other Muslim countries , all imams, intellectuals and political leaders have been unfortunately silent. This is increasingly becoming more dangerous to the Muslim world needing internal reconciliation and peace very urgently.

  6. apologizing is appreciating but geo must take one more step to organize another program to discourage such baseless and full of lie programs.

  7. What has done cannot be undone. How is the normal public whose reach is not to social media or maybe they just aren’t even aware of this apology process going to be aware of it? If you wish to apologize it should be done in the same way that the mistake was done; on air, and played enough times so everyone hears. However, our justice is with God, and He will surely openly take care of those who incite violence against the innocent.

  8. I think the apology should be made on the same program and liaqat himself should do that as it will help repair some of the damage being done.

  9. Admitting one’s fault is the first step toward the betterment of one but that cannot be the only decisive fact on the account of all the lives lost due to the ignorance and hatred of the show host who deliberately incited the public on extremist actions. After the orders of Allah come the rights of Humans regardless of their choice of religion but Mr. Liar crossed the fine line of moderator to radical. Good for Geo to apologize but it cannot change what has happened or bring back the ones who no longer remain among us. I would suggest that Geo should initiate another tv show to counter tthe effect and state the truth about the peaceful Ahmadiyya Muslim Community if geo is truly sorry for its actions and their consequences.

  10. بسم اللہ الرحمن الر حیم
    یہ کیا معافی ہے۔اسمیں تو اپنے ہی اینکر کا دفاع کیا گیا ہے اور نا ہی ان انتہاپسند فسادیوں کے خلا ف کوئی لائحہ عمل تجو یز کیا گیا ہے اور نا ہی اس معذرت کو بار بار ٹیلیکاسٹ کیا گیا۔ اس نیٹ ورک کی یہ پہلی غلطی نہین۔ اس سے قبل بھی اسی اینکر نے اسی پلیٹ فارم سے یہ گھنو نا کھیل کھیلا تھا۔ انکے نتیجہ میں اب تک کم از کم چار احمدیوں کی قیمتی ضانیں تلف ہو چکی ہیں، انکا کون ذمہدار ہے۔ پیمرا کو اور حکومت کو اسکا سخت ترین نوٹس لینا چاہئے اگر وہ انتہا پسندی کو ختم کرنے میں کامیاب ہونا چاہتی ہے اور انتہا پسندوں کے خلاف اپنی پالیسی نافذ کرنےمیں مخلص ہے۔
    یاد رہے کہ جاہل لیاقت حسین خلفائے راشدین کی شان میں بھی گستخی کا مرتکب ہو چکا ہے۔ اس نے کہا تھا: کہاں مر گئے تھے نبی کو بیٹیاں دینیوالے: اور پھر اسی طرح کی بھونڈی معافی مانگ لی تھی۔
    اگر اس خبیث کیسخت گرفت نہ کی گئی تو یہ قوم کو کسی اور بڑے فتنہ میں مبتلا کر کے چھوڑیگا۔ کیونکہ یہ عادی مجرم ہے۔
    ظریف احمد

  11. There is a concept of proportionate punishment in Islam and in secular justice system.

    Waheeda Mirza could you explain your views in light of this principle.

  12. In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious Ever Merciful
    Dr. Zia Shah Sahib
    I think mohtrmah Waheeda Mirza Sahibah is right in expressing her feelings and there is nothing wrong with the concept of proportionate punishment in Islam, As per Islamic Teaching, “الفتنت اشدو من القتل” disorder is even more horrible/stronger than even to kill. At least 4 Ahmadi were made shaheed after Telecasting the program of Jahil on line Amer Liaqat and Allah knows better how many more Ahmdies wer Mortared in the result of hate speech by these Mullahs.
    If the State of Pakistan is really sincere in culminating to Terrorism in Pakistan, then it must dealt with strong hands with all the Hate-mongers. She is right that those hate-monger deserve even capital punishment for true Democratic Progressive Nation.
    Zarif Ahmad

  13. These kind of talk shows should be condemned on all public TV channels specially Pakistani TV channels to keep peace in a beautiful country like Pakistan.

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