During the recent elections in Pakistan the BBC thought the big story was Imran Khan falling off his election platform…….
Asia / 8 May 2013
Leading Pakistani politician Imran Khan is recuperating in hospital after falling off a makeshift lift that was taking him onto a stage at an…
8 May 2013
Imran Khan, one of Pakistan’s most prominent politicians, is recovering in hospital after being injured falling from an elevated platform at an…
7 May 2013
Asia / 7 May 2013
Leading Pakistani politician Imran Khan has been hurt after falling off a makeshift lift that was taking him onto a stage at an election rally…
7 May 2013
Imran Khan, one of Pakistan’s most prominent politicians, has been injured after falling from an elevated platform at an election rally in Lahore.
World / 7 May 2013
In an election called the most unpredictable in Pakistan’s history, the campaign took a turn no-one expected. Imran Khan, a rising political star,…
But there was a far bigger story in Pakistan…one that Khan was deeply involved in…to his discredit……a story ignored by the BBC for some reason during these elections…..that of Amadhi Muslims being persecuted…..though they did report ‘Taliban’ attacks on secular Pakistanis…
By M Ilyas Khan
All these parties are either overtly religious, or are run by right-wing liberals with religious leanings
Fascinated by that description….’Rightwing Liberals’.
The Guardian and The New Statesman reported the issues and revelations that Khan is not the ‘nice guy’ he is presented as:
“In the western press he has reputation for being a secular, former playboy politician,” said Usman Ahmad, a Rabwah resident who moved from the UK nine years ago. “This shows him in a truer light.”
Note that Khan fully supports the discrimination against the Ahmadis…..
Ahmadi religious minority vilified by extremists as heretic and shunned by mainstream politicians such as Imran Khan
All of the candidates have given the town a wide berth because the vast majority of its 60,000 inhabitants are Ahmadis, a religious minority vilified by extremists, who regard them as heretics, and shunned even by mainstream politicians such as Imran Khan.
Last week, Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI), vigorously denied he had ever asked members of Pakistan’s roughly 4 million-strong Ahmadiyya community to vote for him.
In an impassioned video statement, Khan promised to protect anti-Ahmadi laws and articles of Pakistan’s constitution that human rights groups have long criticised as deeply discriminatory.
The laws ban Ahmadis from “posing as a Muslim”, meaning almost any public act of devotion is a criminal offence, potentially punishable by death under the country’s notorious blasphemy laws.
In a statement, Khan said the “PTI totally subscribes to the articles of the constitution concerning Qadianis”, using a term most Ahmadis find deeply offensive.
“I have read the Qur’an very closely and I know that those who do not recognise Muhammad as last prophet is not a Muslim,” Khan said in his video statement last week. In Rabwah, the headquarters of the community in Pakistan, Ahmadis reacted with shock, but little surprise.
Samira Shackle talks to members of the Ahmadiyya, a minority numbering 4 million. The Ahmadis are branded as “non-Muslims”, suffer violent attacks on their mosques and will boycott this weekend’s elections.
The BBC certainly knows that Ahmadis are persecuted..here it reports on that persecution in 2011:
Leaflets circulating in Pakistan calling for the murder of members of the Ahmadi Muslim sect directed readers to a website naming Stockwell Mosque.
As far as I can see there was no mention of the Ahmadis and their persecution by the BBC during the election…or the fact that Khan supports that persecution.