Genocide TV – live from Pakistan

Genocide TV – live from Pakistan September 17, 2008

The Asian Human Rights Commission has released an urgent appeal after a popular Pakistani TV presenter called for followers of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community to be killed.

Aamir Liaqat Hussain
Aamir Liaqat Hussain
Within days of the broadcast on September 7th, two eminent Ahmadi leaders were murdered.
Aalim Online is a popular religious affairs program put out by Geo TV. It is available all over the world, including the UK, Canada and the USA.
During this particular show, the presenter Aamir Liaqat Hussain (former Federal Minister of Religious Affairs in Pakistan) and his two guest “scholars” referred to he Ahmadi community as “kafir” who deserved death. This was repeated several times.
On September 8th, 45-year-old Dr. Dr Abdul Mannan Siddiqi was ambushed in his medical clinic and shot dead. Two others were injured. The following day Saith Muhammad Yusuf, a 75 year-old rice trader and district chief of the Ahmadi sect, was gunned down by murderers on motorcycles.
So far, there have been no arrests.
As Geo TV is available in the UK, it is subject to the Ofcom Broadcasting Code. We have checked, and we cannot find any rules specifically covering incitement to genocide. Perhaps they thought it was unnecessary. However, in Section 3.1, there is this:

Material likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder must not be included in television or radio services.

Aamir Liaqat Hussain has got his bosses into trouble before. In May he prayed for the death of Salman Rushdie on the same show – Aalim Online – earning a reprimand from Ofcom.
Geo TV have also had the Advertising Standards Authority on their backs for allowing dodgy ads for questionable medical procedures, and “healthy” halal snacks for kids which turned out to be a kind of Muslim Monster Munch.
Some people – not least the sizeable Ahmadi community in the UK – might consider that by calling for religious genocide, Geo TV have overstepped the mark.
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  • All complaints to ofcom:
    http://www.ofcom.org.uk/complain
    Programme title:
    Aalim Online
    Date(s) of broadcast:
    07/09/08
    Time(s) of broadcast:
    Channel / station:
    Geo TV
    Subject:
    Kafirs deserve death
    Description:
    During this particular show, the presenter Aamir Liaqat Hussain (former Federal Minister of Religious Affairs in Pakistan) and his two guest “scholars” referred to he Ahmadi community [in Pakistan] as “kafir” who deserved death. This was repeated several times – within days two people from this community were murdered [see http://www.freethinker.co.uk/2008/09/17/genocide-tv-live-from-pakistan/%5D.
    I will leave this to ofcom to try and understand how this station still has a broadcasting license in the UK as this type of broadcasting DIRECTLY contravenes set regulations [“Material likely to encourage or incite the commission of crime or to lead to disorder must not be included in television or radio services”].
    As a ‘kafir’ myself – I am disgusted. Please respond confirming what action is to be taken with this broadcaster.

  • valdemar

    If Islam really is the religion of peace, one can’t help but wonder why so many Muslims seem addicted to violence.

  • Andy

    The “Religion of peace” strikes again!

  • Zakaria Khalid

    In my opinion the action can be taken against GEO and Amir Liaqat Hussain as to say such thing especially on Media in Europe and US is a henious crime.
    This is also a crime against humanity and human rights and against the charter of the United Nations.
    This is the right time that Mr. Ansar Burney, the Pakistani most renowned human rights activist and Expert Member of United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee at Geneva, should take an action against GEO and Amir Liaqat as well as so-called Mullah’s on this issue.
    I think some one should write or contact to Mr. Burney or atleast file a case against GEO in any Court of UK, USA or Europe.

  • Nadia Musarrat

    May I request to Mr. Ansar Burney and Ms. Asma Jehangir to file a criminal case against GEO and Amir Liaqat in US, UK European Union or in United Nations.
    Mr. Burney may I request you to Please save humanity before it could be too late.