The News Projects Sympathy For Militants In Report on JI LeaderJan 9th, 2013 | By admin | Category: The News
A report on the life of former Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmed in The News (Jang Group) projects sympathy for religious extremism and militancy. The report terms Qazi Hussain Ahmed as ‘a man of valour and courage’ and uses as evidence his relationship with Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. The print edition of The News even includes a photo of Qazi Hussain Ahmed with the militant leader.
The News report focuses primarily on the time of the Soviet war in Afghanistan when Qazi Hussain Ahmed supposedly ‘opened a blaze if fire towards the capital Kabul with a Kalashnikov’ and was gifted a pistol by the Hizb-e-Islami leader for his ‘valour and courage’.
The reporter, Tahir Khalil, further reports that “Qazi said the Almighty had saved him for a special purpose which was the unity of all Muslims and their dominance across the globe” and that “Qazi had said he did not differentiate between the Jamaat-e-Islami and Hizb-e-Islami”.
Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was in the news most recently when it was reported that he condemned TTP
‘s targeting of girls education, but even this statement was actually not about condemning TTP but blaming attacks on girls schools a conspiracy by ‘foreign intelligence agencies’.
Actually, Hizb-e-Islami has been part of al Qaeda’s Lashkar al-Zil militant group and in 2006 their leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar appeared in multiple videos on Al Jazeera supporting al Qaeda and using rhetoric “similar to that of bin Laden, al-Zawahiri, and al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi”.
It should also be noted that Hekmatyar has termed Pakistan military as “traitors” for helping the US succeed in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
All of this raises troubling questions about The News report. Does Jang Group believe that ‘valour and courage’ are defined by militancy? Why did The News choose to publish a report that sympathises with a wanted terrorist, especially one who terms Pakistan military as “traitors”?