Orya Maqbool Jan’s penchant for inviting criticism over violations of religio-cultural sensitivities in TV shows and newspaper articles is quite well-known. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) recently suspended Orya Maqbool’s Neo News TV show ‘Harf-e-Raaz’ for a month after he interviewed Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid and in another show passed derisive remarks against an ethnic group.
In his opinion piece for Daily 92 News on January 2, 2019, Orya Maqbool Jan alleged that his TV show was suspended on the behest of Qadiyanis (Ahmadis) and their ‘liberal’, ‘secular’ and ‘Western stooge’ supporters. He says, the suspension made him the first ‘criminal’ of the New Year. He argues, his only crime is celebrating the 2nd amendment of the constitution that declares Qadiyanis non-Muslims.
He says, the media portrays Qadiyanis as a persecuted community – a community that has been exposed by German and British courts for running a global human smuggling racket. He says, the secular educational curriculum makes the younger generation believe Pakistan’s constitution is repressive towards Qadiyanis. “Speaking against Qadiyanis has become equivalent to committing terrorism in Pakistan,” he writes but avows to keep committing the ‘crime’ for the sake of his salvage in the afterlife. He says, Qadiyanis and secular media have made his name a symbol of hate. “The only thing I care about is pleasing my Prophet (PBUH),” he adds.
His critics urge him to consider Ahmadis equal citizens of a country created for wellbeing of a minority community. They argue Quaid Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah included Ahmadis in the process of nation building by giving them important portfolios. Therefore, nobody should discriminate against them on the basis of their faith. As far as the second amendment is concerned, they stress, it is a man-made law and is always open to revision and emendation.
Source: Daily 92 News