Hamza Ali Abbasi – a social media activist-cum-controversial figure, made a controversial statement yet again that has created an uproar that leads to the ban on his transmission – questioning the oppression of Ahmedis on National TV. Hamza, who hosts the Ramadan transmission on a private TV channel earlier revealed that he would be discussing the Ahmedi community and blasphemy laws during his final transmission.
In essence, Hamza took the bold and fearless step that no one dares on the National TV. He put forth the question regarding the rights and oppression of the Ahmadis, a minority who are never presented their basic rights based on their religious beliefs. He was of the view that the community is being suppressed and if anyone attempts to talk about their rights is subjected to be called an Infidel too. He further questioned if the state has the right to declare anyone a Muslim or a Non-Muslim.
The reaction was expected as it triggered an absolute chaos especially amongst the religious leaders, and soon death threats and hate speech began targeting the social activist on his viewpoints. One such threat was aired live on another Ramadan transmission by a famous religious scholar that resulted in the banning of both the program transmissions by PEMRA. The social media was then flooded with pro-abbasi posts appreciating him for the bold efforts made on a National level.
How will we rid Pakistan of religious intolerance, raise awareness of oppressed communities / human rights when we silence the voice?#PEMRA
— Soraya Aziz (@SorayaAziz) June 17, 2016
By banning both Hamza Ali Abbasi & Shabbir Abu Talib PEMRA may think its being fair. One questioned why we kill & the other incited to kill
— Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) June 17, 2016
Talking for supress became crime of Hamza Ali Abbasi ,No tolerance and acceptance for freedom of speech
— Palwasha Abbas (@Palwasha_Abbas) June 17, 2016
I truly sympathize with #HamzaAliAbbasi BUT If any of us were expecting a different outcome, we should really get our heads examined.
— Imran Jattala (@ijattala) June 17, 2016
— Aiman. (@itsaiman000) June 18, 2016
A genuine question on preserving the sanctity of human life raised by #HamzaAliAbbasi has triggered incitement of his death by mullahs.
— Ilmana (@ZEEMANA) June 18, 2016
Sad reality,the price you have to pay for speaking the truth.
I stand with you #HamzaAliAbbasi
Shame on you PEMRA
— Ayesha Alavi (@Ayesha_Alavi) June 18, 2016
Dear PEMRA, you meant Aamir Liaqat when you declared a ban on Hamza Ali Abbasi from Ramadan Transmission right?! #PleaseFixTheTypo
— Saadi Makhdoom (@saadimakhdoom) June 17, 2016
— Tariq (@tariqahmadtahir) June 18, 2016
Pemra style bans – Wag finger at victim and remind them: All your fault! You have brought great discomfort to your attackers and us. Banned!
— NadeemFarooqParacha (@NadeemfParacha) June 17, 2016
Pakistan’s media agency PEMRA bans ppl who ask why Ahmadi Muslims are being murdered, but Not ppl who demand murder of Ahmadi Muslims. #smh
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) June 18, 2016
— Zain Awan. (@zainwain) June 18, 2016
— Shahrukh Waheed (@ScharukhWaheed) June 18, 2016
— Qasim Khan (@kacemkhan) June 18, 2016
PEMRA bans Hamza Abbasi from hosting Ramazan transmission, yet allow air time to lunatics and jokers through the holy month.
— Malaaqsaab (@nom_malik) June 17, 2016
Lets boycott all ramzan transmissions from today… ! Those transmissions which deserve to be!
— Sabica aVs (@SabicaAVS) June 18, 2016
Ban amir liaquat type cheap shows that disrespect holy month of Ramzan by singing & dancing not Hamza Ali Abbasi.
— Hanaf Noor (@HanafNooor) June 18, 2016
Might not agree with PEMRA on many things but one has to understand that they might have just saved Hamza Abbasi’s life by banning him.
— Maham Ali (@Mahamali05) June 17, 2016
So just to be clear, crime of Hamza Ali Abbasi was to ask Mullahs in his show: “Can a gov decide on one’s faith against ones wishes?” #PEMRA
— Bilal Mahmood (@bilalmahmooduk) June 17, 2016
None of the anchors who incited hate including the killing of Salmaan Taseer were banned, but Hamza today has been banned by PEMRA
— Anthony Permal (@anthonypermal) June 17, 2016
So they can ban Hamza Ali Abbasi for talking about religion on tv but can’t ban Aamir Liaquat for his stupid & senseless activities? Wow.
— Komal Shahid. (@ArmedWithWords) June 17, 2016
— Salman Sikandar (@SALSIKandar) June 17, 2016
PEMRA banned Hamza Ali Abbasi for asking questions about Ahmedis while Amir Liaquat continues being disgusting and not banned
— عادل (@aurAdil) June 17, 2016
— Zain Awan. (@zainwain) June 18, 2016
— Shaan Taseer (@ShaanTaseer) June 17, 2016
— Maryam Rizvi (@Mariiam_Rizvi) June 17, 2016
PEMRA: You’re talking about an important issue, let’s ban you.
Also PEMRA: You’re disrespectful & disgusting. You have our back, keep it up
— Kashif (@therealsnorky) June 17, 2016
— Javeria Awan (@javerriaawan) June 17, 2016
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