Ladies and gentlemen I have long harped on about the paucity of honesty, integrity, intellect and just common sense that is common place in our Urdu Press. Needless to say the googlies of people like Hamid Mir, Oria Jaan Maqbool, Javed Chaudhry etc can make anyone’s headspin. A Lahore based English weekly has a special section dedicated to the bloopers of the Urdu press which is comment enough on such matters.
However, this website and this author has also gotten some attention from a newspaper from Karachi that specializes in spreading false religious frenzy. One such hilarious misrepresentation is how this particular author spun my short blog on Obama’s Nobel Prize win. Here is the original blog post for all to see: https://pakteahouse.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/congratulations-us-president-obama/
In this “article” (more like a two-liner) after congratulating President Obama for his Nobel Prize Win (which I think even Obama realizes is unjustified) I reminded the readers of President Obama’s election pledge vis a vis Kashmir. It is no secret that peace in Pakistan has deteriorated greatly in the last year or so and so I put peace in Pakistan on my wish list for Nobel Prize Winner. Those on my Facebook friends list know that my status all day was “Congratulations Mr. President on Nobel Speech Prize”. Only a fool could miss the heavy sarcastic undertone.
Now let us see how our genius from the Urdu Press spun it shamelessly:
And to think that this crook has signed off as a “Pakistani Muslim”. Is this what a Pakistani Muslim is about? Lying, control freakery? Now I was not aware of the fact that I am a Qadiani… may be Quaidiani (i.e. follower of Quaid-e-Azam) but not a Qadiani… but I frankly have no sectarian affiliations in faith (and to me personally there is no difference between Mirza Qadiani or Maulana Maududi… though the latter’s fitna has hurt Pakistan infinitely more than the former’s). But if this is what a “Pakistani Muslim” is like, I’d rather be something else – anything else. Atleast a Non-Muslim doesn’t make a mockery of Islam like the author of this piece. Shame on you Mr. Siddiqui! Indeed shame on Pakistan’s Jamaat-e-Fitna e Maududiat and its McCarthy-ism.
Now frankly it does not matter to me for barking dogs seldom bite. But what it does prove is that Pakistan’s Urdu press consists of a bunch of liars, crooks, cranks and madmen who will lie like there is no tomorrow and spin like Abdul Qadir. And it proves that Jamaat-e-Fitna-e-Maududiat is still active against Pakistan just like the 1940s when it abused Quaid-e-Azam and Pakistan like no tomorrow. That puts little ol’ me in distinguished company.