Understanding ‘Media Mujahideen’ of Pakistan

This post by Manzoor Chandio is articulating an alternative viewpoint on the growing phenomenon of urban Taliban. We do not subscribe to all the views presented below but strongly support the argument on the proxy jihadism that is being recklessly promoted by the media channels. (ed.)

Since President Zardari’s statement calling Kashmiri fighters as “terrorists”, Media Mujahideen of Pakistan (columnists and anchorpersons of English and Urdu newspapers and TV channels) have turned their guns on him, despite the fact that militancy never supported Kashmiris.

Hitherto we considered the Mullah-Military nexus responsible for all the ills in Pakistan, but chutzpah shown by Media Mujahideen since the making of Pakistan is the real cause of concern.

Senior journalist Dr Ayub Shaikh in his today’s Kawish column has termed them ‘Urban Taliban’ manufacturing conspiracy theories against the present government. This clean-shaved and full-suit wearing Taliban are fierce opponents of democracy and national rights of Sindhi and Baloch nations.
Urban Taliban and the brigade of Media Mujahideen are as old as Pakistan itself. If Mullah Mujahideen were proxy for the US against the USSR, Media Mujahideen are acting as proxy for Urban Taliban.Media Mujahideen who work for influential English and Urdu newspapers and TV channels condone Kashmiri, Chechen, Philippine Moro, Sinkiang Uigher, Thai Malays and Burmese Karan terrorists but never support rights’ movement of oppressed Baloch and Sindhi Muslims in their own country, if we do not talk about the occupation of Hindu Gymkhana by Urban Taliban.
Media Mujahideen maintained mum over the expulsion of world-class Hindu Sindhi businessmen, professionals, technocrats and lawyers in 1948, but never objected over the coming of terrorists from all over the world who have made Pakistan hell.
No day passes without news of so many killings in suicide attacks and bomb blasts, mostly carried out by Afghan, Arab, Chechen and Uzbek Mujahideen brought by Zia in Pakistan.
No day passes without depressing news of worsening economic conditions, financial meltdown, increasing price hike of basic commodities and utilities because of confusion created by Media Mujahideen.
Mujahideen not only created human bombs but criminally prevented people from administrating polio drops to children by saying that polio drops are conspiracy of Kafirs to make Muslims impotent aimed at reducing Muslim population. Nations like China eliminated polio only after four to five rounds of polio campaigns, but polio is here in Pakistan even after 80 rounds.
Urban Taliban renamed all Karachi roads behind the Osama bin Ladens of yesterday like Mohd bin Qasim, Sher Shah Suri, Mehmood Gaznavi, Zahiruddin Babar etc. They even did not spare great non-violent leader Gandhi and renamed a park in his name in Karachi after violent Mughal ruler Jehangir. Media Mujahideen of today are dutifully continuing the legacy of Urban Taliban and supporting the occupation of Hindu Gymkhana.
What’s wrong if the club building owned by Hindus is handed over to their rightful owners where they can celebrate Holis and other religious days? But Media Mujahideen think if Hindu Gymkhana is surrendered, then they will have to end all occupations they have made in Karachi since 1947.

The wirter can be reached at: catalyst2pk@yahoo.com, He works in daily Dawn, Karachi.

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16 responses to “Understanding ‘Media Mujahideen’ of Pakistan

  1. Majumdar

    Chandio sain,

    Well written. A few corrections though:

    behind the Osama bin Ladens of yesterday like Mohd bin Qasim… Sher Shah Suri….

    You do Sher Shah Suri a great injustice, sain. The man was a great leader, ruler and visionary. In short five years span of rule, the man laid the foundation of the revenue system and administration which wud help sustain the Mughal Empire. He also built the GT Road, which still serves as India’s artery. Incidentally Hindoo India still honours him by calling the Indian part of GT Road as Sher Shah Suri Marg.

    the expulsion of world-class Hindu Sindhi businessmen, professionals, technocrats and lawyers in 1948

    We Indians are actually thankful to Pakistanis for this and the expulsion of their Hindoo/Sikh counterparts in Punjab.

    They even did not spare great non-violent leader Gandhi and renamed a park in his name in Karachi

    Here, I am afraid you are wrong and the media mujahids are right. MKG was a Hindoo racist, casteist, fascist, misogynist, bigoted freak and the real granddaddy of the Taliban. They did a right thing by erasing his memory. He has no place in any civilised nation.

    Regards

  2. YLH

    As… my good friend Majumdar has already addressed the one controversial issue… I will now limit my comments to the topic…

    The most ironic recent change was the renaming of Dadabhoy Naoroji Road.. on which the Quaid’s Mazar is located.

    Naoroji was Jinnah’s political mentor … it was fitting that Jinnah was laid to rest near a road named after his foremost political teacher to whom he served as a secretary and campaigner.

    Some idiot has renamed the road. I wonder why.

  3. Majumdar

    Yasser mian,

    I think that was really sad to have renamed the road after Naoroji sahib, he was the “granddaddy” of a whole generation (last generation???) of secular Indian politicos. Maybe his crime was that he was not Muslim.

    Regards

  4. Tahir

    “strongly support the proxy jihadism that is being recklessly promoted by the media channels. (ed.)”

    You call it reckless but strongly support it too? Good for you.

  5. ahmad khan

    Khalid bin Waleed (RA) was a sahabi of the Prophet (SAW)
    so he should be treated with great respect as befitting his status

  6. YLH

    While I support the general sentiment that roads should not be renamed as I said so above… I still find it strange and rather derogatory to bunch up well known historical figures and try to present them as Osama bin Ladens…

    Out of the names mentioned… only Ghaznavi might plausibly be argued to harbor bin Laden like ideas… but even Ghaznavi was a cultured monarch in his own capital who commissioned great works of art… and even built a temple for his Hindu soldiers… one of Ghaznavi’s governors was a devout Hindu by the name of Tunku.

    Muhammad Bin Qasim was a conqueror invading for a political reason… the option the Arabs gave Dahir was eerily similar to the option Americans gave Pakistan “you are either with us or you are with the terrorists” (terrorists then were the pirates who were operating out of Dahir’s territory and looting Arab trade ships to Ceylon). That makes Qasim the equivalent of US marine corp.

    Khalid Bin Waleed was by far the most remarkable military commander produced by the Arab world. Some of the techniques used by Khalid… right from his remarkable victory against the Muslims in the battle of Uhud… are still part of military strategy classes … and the greatest generals of the west like Robert E Lee, Jackson, Napoleon etc have improved upon them. I find it ironic that we abuse people who lived in 7th century Arabia… while the west champions figures like Stonewall Jackson … who had championed the cause of the South and lost… because the West sees merit in separating the man from the cause… one can disagree with the cause but cannot deny credit to the man.

    Zaheeruddin Babur was another remarkable adventurer… and the founder of Taimurid dynasty (mistakenly called the Mughal Dynasty) in South Asia… which enriched the subcontinent in its own way.

    Sher Shah Suri was the finest administrator. His mansabdari nizam was later adopted by Akbar along with Sher Shah’s remarkable economist/trade/finance minister Todar Mal. Sher Shah’s fascinating achievement and the living monument to his legacy is the grand trunk road. He was a collossus like no other… and his reign was marked with incredible prosperity, security and good will … despite the many battles he had to fight.

    And finally Jahangir… he was the embodiment of romance, art and culture. A painter, a poet and a cultured human being … the “violent” Mughal king fought no major wars… his rule was marked with incredible tolerance… he introduced the weekly day where there would be now cow slaughter… and the only violence Jahangir indulged in was against the Mullahs who considered him Kafir.

    Mr. Chandio should understand that if he has certain cultural antecedents others do as well. While one agrees that roads should not be renamed… why must one go out of the way to make claims that make no sense whatsoever.

  7. Manzoor

    @ YLH,
    well said

  8. Tahir

    thanks for pointing out – I meant that the argument of supporting Jihadism through TV channels is supported.

    Well, I think there has been enough Gandhi-bashing on this site. I partly agree with Majumdar ji and YLH but on balance Gandhi was a great man with a transformational vision. His failings were also monumental but we cannot ignore the fact that he was fasting for Muslims’ rights and Pakistan’s due share when the bigots killed him.

    He did redeem himself. The subcontinent was suddenly poorer without Gandhi and Jinnah within a few months of the traumatic Partition and stymied Independence.

    Coming back to Manzoor’s post: it is laudable that there are voices against the right wing monopoly of televisual political drama. About time more and more people wrote and spoke about this trend.

  9. Vandana

    I can not understand this need in the sub- continent to see our leaders and /or rulers of the past as either saints or crooks.Isn’t it entirely plausible that all these men from Qasim to Ghaznavi to Jinnah and Gandhi were all men who during their times,faced with difficult or uncertain situations, tried to do the best under the circumstances.This is not to say they made no mistakes.They did and some of them we are still paying for but they were men of those times and their world view and philosophies(if they had any)were shaped by those circumstances.Add to this the fact that they happened to be human with their full quota of ego and ambitions! Majumdar goes to the most vile lengths to denigrate Gandhi and some others jump in to do it to other known names.
    While Ghazni’and some other rulers did knock down a large number of temples and caused trouble for people they were simply doing what they believed in…..spreading their faith.Past can not be undone and it serves no purpose to keep either worshipping or hating them.Give all these guys a break and let them have a few roads etc to their name.
    As for Gandhi and Jinnah,well, its just a tragedy that two legal eagles of their stature were in opposite camps.Together they could have done magic but alone they gave us 1947.

  10. sherryx

    Very good post. bitter facts no one want to acknowledge, still in denial

  11. What's in a Name

    Well, although the title said “media mujahideen” the article talked about “urban” mujahideen and how they would hate if Hindus come back because then they would have to give up things they took in Karachi.

    Now am I being paranoid or is it some kind of blame game for Urban Sindh? I’m not sure, but it certainly does seem like the article has strong ethnically biased undertones.

    Although personally the only thing I understood about extreme right is that it is characterized by extreme selfishness, extreme control over everybody else and especially over resources of everybody else, total disregard of the “other”, and complete absence of humanity and/or empathy.

    Having said this – I do not think it justifies Karachi bashing in any possible way. Sure I’ve heard of Talibanization of Karachi from my childhood friend who is a Sindhi, and who visited recently, but this is a problem for urban Sindh as much as it is for rural Sindh. Sure there are issues real and perceived of problems and injustices on both sides of the fence – but calling the urbanites Taliban and terrorists – portraying the victims of terrorism as terrorists themselves is just beyond belief – if this is not extremism of secular variety I do not know what it is. And extremism in any form is simply not acceptable.

    Also equating Sher Shah Suri who himself was a victim of selfishness and injustice by his own father, is also not acceptable in any way. He is my ideal as the greatest public administrator sub-continent ever produced – sure he made mistakes – but he never claimed to be a saint or a prophet either – and I don’t think he would try ot justify those mistakes either – but probably he didn’t know at that time – vision is always 20-20 in hind sight. He was surely not a bigot or a fundamentalist.

    I am not very much in touch with Pakistani media these days – but I do understand that the legacy of Zia continues on and that there are people who support militancy and I am in no way condoning them – but I am not agreeing with the idea of equating them with Urban Sindhis or Karachiites whatever you want to call them – and BTW I am from Urban Sindh and have always been very outspoken about the rights of Sindhi and Baloch people, in particular about their right to control their own resources and getting equitable share of income from their natural resources. And I am not the only one from Karachi who feels this way about Sindhi and Baloch people. There are root causes to these problems and everybody knows about them – injustice and corruption, lack of education and discouragement of critical thinking, etc. and I think we all agree on those problems and we all face those problems – blaming one or the other would not solve anything.

  12. Hossp

    I think there is no need to pick on names. Chandio clearly meant to emphasis his point and the purpose was not to dis all those no matter how much we agree or disagree on what they did.

    People outside of Sindh instinctively assume that Sindhi are responding to criticism of Zardari because he is from Sindh. That is so untrue. Many Sindhi have always been the vocal critics of the Bhutto Family , the PPP and now of Zardari too. Even the PPP members in Sindh understand Zardari’s dithering on several issues and some day he will have to account for that. But his accounting must come from the people of Pakistan via votes. It is so frustrating to see these so called Servicemen societies, and the media Jihadi as Chandio called them, almost telling the people they would prefer the army to come back. The nonsense of praising Gen. Kiyani on his statements while completing ignoring that he was a part of the same army that supported and still supports Gen. Musharaf. Gen. Kiyani was also the ISI Chief during some crucial moments in the recent Pak history.
    Don’t get me wrong everyone has a right to criticize Zardari and politicians but when some cruel people are bent upon murdering innocent Pakistanis via suicide bombs, we need to make an assessment as to where we stand and think about what we are writing an saying in the national media.

    The Pakistani press and leaders supporting the Taliban to come and address the parliament made me puke.
    What kind of people they are?

    Can I submit an article to this site? and how?

  13. ahmad khan

    Is Chandio supporting ethnic chauvinism under the guise of “sindhi rights” ?
    It is narrated by Abu Da’wud that the Messenger of Allah (saaw) said “He is not one us who calls for `Asabiyyah, (nationalism/tribalism) or who fights for `Asabiyyah or who dies for
    `Asabiyyah

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  15. piya g

    Even if we want to declare our Ex friends as enemies, I think it should be done with some respect to them. But it does not matter because whenever we will want we will create another ligitimate generation of “Taliban or mujahideens” and then again give them disrespect……………. and our Govts will be like “Khanjar pay koi dagh na daman pay koi chheent- tum katl kro ho k karamaat kro ho?”

  16. So India is not releasing water of Pakistan,where should we kiss Indians to exhibit our enlightmenet, on left cheek or right?