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GEO TV admits that it ignored other journalists

Malik Omaid GEO TV admitted in their program “Aaj Kamran Khan Ke Sath” 23rd April 2014 that they ignored attack on other journalists including Raza Rumi and continued attacks on Express TV. GEO TV admits that it ignored other journalists by razarumi1 Just to remind many analyst showed their anger on twitter about this shameful trend of avoiding and the attack on rival media group. “@NadeemfParacha: Not a single word on most channels on the cowardly attack on @Razarumi.” SHAME on these channels! — Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) March 28, 2014   … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Lahore, Media, Pakistan, Punjab, Raza Rumi, Twitter, video, violence

Musings over a cup of Tea

By Bisma Tirmizi Musings over a cup of Tea; a column I have been wanting to write for the past seven years, but somehow life just got in the way and here I am today hoping to say something meaningful to get the fledgling column going, and what better address to say it than Pak Tea House. I sit down to write about something light and joyous but the music playing on my morning commute takes my musings into a different direction, a dark, negative issue grips my mind and demands being said. The song playing was Mitwa from the Indian movie Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna sung by our very own Shafquat Amanat Ali Khan. The song is pure magic; lyrics, music, melodious voice, choreography, beautiful actors, all representing the best a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cinema, drama, Love, Society, Women

Detailed Report on Raza Rumi Case by Punjab Police

Detailed Report on Raza Rumi Case by Punjab Police

ملک عمید گزشتہ ماہ معروف تجزیہ نگار اور اینکر پرسن ایکسپریس ٹی وی رضا رومی کو گھر جاتے ہوئے لشکر جھنگوی کے ایک گروہ نے قاتلانہ حملے کا نشانہ بنایا .پنجاب پولیس کے مطابق جس گروہ نے رضا رومی کو طالبان کی مخالفت کرنے پر ٹارگٹ کیا ہے اس کی تفصیلات قارئین کے لئے پیش کی جا رہی ہیں. Last month renowned journalist and anchor person Express TV Raza Rumi was attacked while heading towards home after … Read entire article »

Filed under: human rights, Islamism, journalism, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, secular Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, violence


Mohammad Shahzad The attack on Raza Rumi raises important questions about free speech and tolerance in Pakistan Columnist, anchor and author Raza Rumi escaped a terrifying assassination attempt last month in Lahore. His car was sprayed with bullets by six assailants. His driver was killed and his guard was seriously injured. Raza remained unscathed miraculously. His killers thought that they had achieved their objective but Raza was showed presence of mind by ducking at the sound of … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Lahore, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Raza Rumi, secularism, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Almost a martyr

Shahzad Raza An assassination attempt on Raza Rumi raises questions about safety of journalists Raza Rumi is among few of those foolhardy who challenge the extremists in fourth most dangerous country for the journalists. It was only a miracle that he evaded bullets in a brazen assassination attempt. Otherwise, God forbid, there would have been an addition to a specific list of martyrs. Statistics of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) show more than 70 journalists were assassinated during the last 22 years in Pakistan – a country only better than Iraq, Syria and Egypt as far as safety of journalists is concerned. Rumi had words. His enemies had guns. Raza used his words to condemn massacres of innocent people in the streets of Pakistan. The enemies emptied their magazines to silence him. They … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islamism, liberal Pakistan, Media, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, Punjab, Raza Rumi, Religion, Rights, secular Pakistan, secularism, Taliban, Terrorism, violence

Who attacked Raza Rumi- II

Here is a compilation of tweets that indicate news reports on the attackers of Raza Rumi and some of the reactions by the twitter sphere: [View the story “Who attacked Raza Rumi- II” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: journalism, Justice, Lahore, Media, minorities, Opinion, Pak Tea House, Pakistan, peace, Politics, Punjab, Raza Rumi, secularism, Storify

Who attacked Raza Rumi: A few pointers

Punjab Police has arrested members of a banned outfit in connection with attack on author, journalist Raza Rumi. Here are a few tweets posted by an investigative reporter Asad Kharal. The intent of terrorists seems to be clear. They missed the target. May God protect Rumi who has left the country. [View the story “Who attacked Raza Rumi: A few pointers” on Storify] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, Raza Rumi, Storify, Terrorism, Twitter

The Wrong Kind of Pakistani

By Ali Dayan Hasan I On March 28 in Lahore, my friend of almost thirty years, Raza Rumi, journalist and much else, survived an attempted “targeted killing.” Miraculously, he emerged unscathed from the hail of gunfire intended for him. Raza is now in a secure location—outside Pakistan. He had no choice but to leave as the authorities felt no embarrassment in letting him know that they could not guarantee his life if he stepped outside his Lahore home. Some weeks later, the police “caught” the would-be-assassins who belong to the dreaded Taliban-affiliate Lahkar-e-Jhangvi. But police custody curtails neither the power of these terrorists nor the impunity with which they kill. The fact is that nobody can do anything to stop them and nobody will. Tens of thousands of our fellow citizens have already … Read entire article »

Filed under: Blasphemy, Raza Rumi, Terrorism

The Attack on Hamid Mir and Need for Proper Civilian Oversight

The Attack on Hamid Mir and Need for Proper Civilian Oversight

A few weeks ago, the prominent journalist Raza Rumi was attacked. Now another prominent journalist and one of the most famous anchorpersons, Hamid Mir too has had a close encounter with death. As these sentences are being written, Mr. Mir still remains in critical state. PTH strongly condemns this cowardly attack. Journalists are the intellectual torchbearers of the society and therefore such attacks on them are highly unfortunate. Such attacks impede independence of the media preventing … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

The dangers of being a journalist in Pakistan

In Pakistan, it is said that discourse is dominated by one kind of narrative. That narrative is primarily right wing in its orientation and is characterized by fusion of religion and ultra nationalism and is further supplemented by hatred and deep mistrust of the outside world. Countering such narrative is essential if we have to get out of this quagmire. However, those who can present arguments against this narrative are few and further more do not get adequate space in the media, particularly Urdu press and electronic media. But even those who do get access, have to face a lot of dangers. Raza Rumi, a prominent journalist and TV anchor,  was recently attacked and barely survived. Some of the journalists, however, have not been lucky. This brief report from BBC sheds light … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Middleclass and its Desire for a “Benevolent” Dictator

Raza Habib Raja Right now, as it was being expected by many before the elections, army and the government of PML (N) are in a skirmish. PML (N) has come with a very heavy mandate and since it is the beginning of its tenure, therefore it is in confrontational mode with the powerful military. The case on Musharraf has morphed into a litmus test for the government’s resilience and for its ability to bring armed forces under proper civilian oversight. As the “battle” rages on and civil-military relations once again, look set to be redefined, some quarters, namely TV media and sections of their captive audience, continue to back army. These quarters, though not explicitly wanting a coup, nevertheless want military to be more assertive and in fact a stronger partner in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Are You Sure Nothing Can Change?

Are You Sure Nothing Can Change?

Raza Habib Raja Imran Khan and Modi are two very different politicians. Yet there are some commonalities. Both enjoy support from largely well intentioned white collar class and also other groups, who want better governance and control over corruption. Both politicians have a nationalist outlook with a stress towards “standing up” against the outside world. Both have generated a halo effect where their good reputation about financial honesty has created a positive impression about other attributes … Read entire article »

Filed under: Democracy, India, secularism

A Dysfunctional State

by Saad Hafiz Pakistan’s societal, economic and political travails place it in a category of deeply dysfunctional and nearly ungovernable states. Generally speaking, dysfunctional states exhibit high degrees of institutional inconsistency, social malaise, ideological confusion, political malfunction and national paranoia. As a consequence, such states are unable to leverage their people’s histories and traditions to construct effective formal institutions with wide legitimacy; nor can they draw on the social capital embedded in cohesive groups to facilitate economic, political, and social intercourse; neither are they able to employ the established governing capacities of their citizens to run the affairs of state. Moreover, national development is much dependent upon the quality of a nation’s human capital. Dysfunctional states do not invest in human capital—such as better schools and hospitals. They tend to discourage people … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Egalitarian Pakistan, liberal Pakistan, Pakistan, Society

Good Luck India

Raza Habib Raja I have written before also that for me India holds a special place in my heart and I feel connected to it emotionally. Besides that as a student of politics also, India for me is an enigma with respect to its ability to sustain a balanced combination of democracy, secularism and stability over almost seven decades. It has to be understood that even in relatively homogeneous countries, these factors are difficult to combine and balance. And yet, India despite being so diverse and complex, has so far done well. It has not been a smooth ride but political will has always been there. I sincerely hope, that in the zeal of voting incumbents out of power, the Indian populace does not lose track of what exactly differentiates India from Pakistan. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Pakistan

Jewish candles in the window

Fishel Benkhald To be honest, these thoughts are not from an expert, but are heartfelt wishful thinking. Besides the reality of extremism and debate on lack of law and order, let’s share which candles Pakistan might put in the window for the lost Pakistani Jewish community. At this hour of night while we all await for that sun to shine again on all of us which Pakistan’s non-Muslim and Muslim founding fathers and mothers thought of. Jews have lived among different Islamic cultures and got accustomed to it, at times total assimilation of different cultures and religions may not be completely possible but multicultural societies while keeping their distinctive individual identities intact exist and are doing well. This was the atmosphere in which Jewish community were living in the pre-partition Pakistan. There are few … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Religion, Terrorism