A religious broadcast by GEO TV is being blamed for inciting the murder of two Ahmadi Muslim leaders, reports Earthtimes.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, along with the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and human rights organisations, is condemning the brutal murder of two people belonging to a minority religious sect in Pakistan. It followed a broadcast on one of the nation’s main television channels, telling viewers it was their religious duty to kill blasphemers and apostates. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan demanded that the media should avoid arousing communal violence. It said, "The government must ensure that the killers of the Ahmadi citizens are brought to justice and that nobody is allowed to use the media, especially the electronic one, to preach communal hatred and fratricide. The TV channel also has a duty to reign in irresponsible comperes. Failure to do so will confirm its complicity in a heinous crime."
On September 8, religious extremists in Pakistan barged into Abdul Mannan Siddiqi’s medical clinic while he was attending to his patients, and shot him multiple times. The following day, Saith Muhammad Yusuf was shot dead at his workplace.
GEO TV is also available to cable subscribers in Canada. Senior vice president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Naseem Mahdi said, "Through programmes such as Aalim Online, the message of hate is arriving in the peaceful country of Canada. The so called clerics are capable of poisoning the calm waters of this great nation."
The programme, Alim Online, openly declared Ahmadiyya Muslim believers as ‘wajib-ul-qatl’ (deserving of death), and was aired in Asia, Europe and North America on GEO TV on September 7. The host of the programme, Aamir Liaqat Hussain (former federal minister of religious affairs) is still showing no signs of regret for stirring up religious hatred and violence against the members of the Ahmadiyya community, and continues to broadcast on air. He and his two panelists, Maulana Mohammad Ameen and Saeed Inayatulla referred to members of the Ahmadiyya Community as ‘Kafirs’ (infidels), and the guest panelists conveyed the necessity of exterminating the members of the Ahmadiyya Community. No action has been taken by authorities in Pakistan on this matter. DVDs of the program are being distributed in Pakistan and the violence-preaching programme can also be viewed on the internet.
In 1947, the amended Constitution of Pakistan declared the Ahmadiyya Community as non-Muslim. The community was also condemned by religious extremists for its peaceful interpretation of jihad (holy struggle) and its disassociation with war and retaliation. X