Who attacked Raza Rumi- II

April 26th, 2014

Pak Tea House

Here is a compilation of tweets that indicate news reports on the attackers of Raza Rumi and some of the reactions by the twitter sphere

 

Who attacked Raza Rumi: A few pointers

Punjab Police has arrested members of a banned outfit in connection with attack on author, journalist Raza Rumi. Here are a few tweets posted by an investigative reporter Asad Kharal. The intent of terrorists seems to be clear. They missed the target. May God protect Rumi who has left the country.

 

Almost a martyr

Shahzad Raza
An assassination attempt on Raza Rumi raises questions about safety of journalists

Almost a martyr

Raza Rumi is among few of those foolhardy who challenge the extremists in fourth most dangerous country for the journalists. It was only a miracle that he evaded bullets in a brazen assassination attempt. Otherwise, God forbid, there would have been an addition to a specific list of martyrs.

Statistics of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) show more than 70 journalists were assassinated during the last 22 years in Pakistan – a country only better than Iraq, Syria and Egypt as far as safety of journalists is concerned.

Rumi had words. His enemies had guns. Raza used his words to condemn massacres of innocent people in the streets of Pakistan. The enemies emptied their magazines to silence him. They failed. And the defiant journalist vowed to carry on with what he was already doing. Continue reading

Shaken

April 28th, 2014

The Friday Times

Mohammad Shahzad

The attack on Raza Rumi raises important questions about free speech and tolerance in Pakistan

Shaken

Columnist, anchor and author Raza Rumi escaped a terrifying assassination attempt last month in Lahore. His car was sprayed with bullets by six assailants. His driver was killed and his guard was seriously injured. Raza remained unscathed miraculously. His killers thought that they had achieved their objective but Raza was showed presence of mind by ducking at the sound of first bullet.

A thoroughly professional journalist has many unknown enemies. Journalists are harassed and thrashed by various mafias that rule Pakistan and it is a common practice. But an assassination attempt is made only when a journalist’s work has seriously risked their vested interests. Journalists have been allegedly killed by the intelligence agencies, crime mafias and religious bigots. Continue reading

Detailed Report on Raza Rumi Case by Punjab Police

ملک عمید

گزشتہ ماہ معروف تجزیہ نگار اور اینکر پرسن ایکسپریس ٹی وی رضا رومی کو گھر جاتے ہوئے لشکر جھنگوی کے ایک گروہ نے قاتلانہ حملے کا نشانہ بنایا .پنجاب پولیس کے مطابق جس گروہ نے رضا رومی کو طالبان کی مخالفت کرنے پر ٹارگٹ کیا ہے اس کی تفصیلات قارئین کے لئے پیش کی جا رہی ہیں.
Last month renowned journalist and anchor person Express TV Raza Rumi was attacked while heading towards home after his show by the Lashkar-E-Jhangvi group. Rumi was attacked on showing his opposition to Tehreek-E Taliban Pakistan. Detailed report made by Punjab Police and its translation are shared with our readers: Continue reading

GEO TV admits that it ignored other journalists

Malik Omaid

Pak Tea House

GEO TV admitted in their program “Aaj Kamran Khan Ke Sath” 23rd April 2014 that they ignored attack on other journalists including Raza Rumi and continued attacks on Express TV.

GEO TV admits that it ignored other journalists by razarumi1

Just to remind many analyst showed their anger on twitter about this shameful trend of avoiding and the attack on rival media group.

“@NadeemfParacha: Not a single word on most channels on the cowardly attack on @Razarumi.” SHAME on these channels!

— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) March 28, 2014

Political parties condemn the attack on Raza Rumi

On 28th March 2014 Senior Journalist and Express TV show “Khaber Se Agey” Anchor Raza Rumi was attacked by unknown assailants. Raza survived the attack but his driver died. There was a huge anger and outrage on the “twitter” against this brutal attack. Lots of condemning tweets were POSTED and people from all fields took part in this outrage. Here is a collection of some tweets by the Politicians who expressed their grief on twitter. Continue reading

Rumi’s republic

March 31, 2014

Daily Times

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

Enemies of reason who tried desperately to extinguish Rumi’s flame should be mindful of the fact that his ideas are bigger than just his mortal self. What Raza stands for is increasingly the voice of Pakistan’s youth, youth who will not be silenced by your threats of violence anymore

The attack on Raza Rumi, resulting in the loss of his driver Mustafa’s life, is reprehensible to say the least. They tried to murder hope but they failed. Raza was targeted for one reason and one reason alone: he spoke for a progressive and liberal Pakistan free of violence and bigotry. Those of us who know him know how passionate he is about Pakistan and how that burning passion has driven him throughout his years. He is also a Sufi in the finest traditions of Sufism, choosing the name Rumi as his nom de plume at an early age to reflect the deep well of mysticism he has sought to drink from: Maulana Rumi. Continue reading

Who was Raza Rumi?

May 9th, 2014

Pak Tea House

It was only late in the night when I came to know that Raza Rumi was attacked—By whom and why? I do not know. I just know that because of the consequence of that unprovoked attacked, Raza was compelled to leave Pakistan and settle in some neutral land where his safety and security is, at least, not at risk. Well, so much has been written about the unfortunate circumstances and plight of the security of journalists in Pakistan and so much has been said already too. I may save myself from taking a dip in this vast sea. Here I want to expound on who was Raza Rumi.

A Teacher? A Sufi Master? A Friend? I have no words to express my grief over these unfortunate and saddening times. Long gone are those days when Shams of Tabraiz wandered from Balakh to Constantinople to find Rumi to quench his spiritual thirst. I was one of few lucky who have known Raza, not for long, as a spiritual soul looking to find the eternal and absolute truth. It was one cozy evening of the summer of 2012 when I contacted Raza over twitter. I was attracted towards his objectivity, impartiality and integrity over many matters and problems engulfing this country.

We met over coffee and had discussion over composition of Alif Laila wa Laila and great work of Syed Ali bin Usman Al-Hajveri called Kashaf ul Mahjoob. We were able to look beyond the stark and muddy puddle of strict theology and canonical pipe that obstruct the view and spats mind with black blot that makes us totally useless and we try to impose ideas and interdict free thought. He made me indite what was in my heart and to undress my thoughts so that world should know that truth is beautiful when it is naked! Oh how can I grieve more? I don’t grieve and I don’t mourn over his departure from Pakistan. I mourn for my people who let go such gem.

A fortunate, by the men of ancient times in dreams long sought

Has been vouchsafed to modern men; without the efforts caught

It is us who are at loss. It is us who should sulk over this mighty loss. Yet, his departure is a respite to many whose minds are closed and souls confined to dark chambers of thoughtlessness where free thought is nipped before even sprouting from the seed of brain. Yet light will shine. Perhaps this allegory explains what I want to say. During pitch-black night in a room which has walls painted black and floors covered with dark black marble, an insolent soul, a rebellious soul who stood up to the injustice lights a small flame. What happens? It conquers the darkness and defeats it. So did Raza. Thus a little light in the realm of shadows made her dwellers so scared that they set out to take toll over his life. But as Rumi puts it:

Whole Sea a fish will never drown;

A poor man’s day seems all one frown

What boot from counsel to a fool

Waste not your words; your wrath let cool

So Raza was let go away. But not far. Yes, it is us who are at a loss. A tumult is heard in this world full of noises. A cry so clear yet muted. It was heard only by those who can look ahead; have the courage to see the things outside the narrow canonical pipe In light of love.

Though I know I may not be able to meet you, Raza, for long time but I am always ready to embark on the spiritual journey or old and new. Yes, your work, Delhi by Heart, is a treatise of love and a guidebook of Calculus of Spirituality. Whenever I will miss you, I will take a leap of faith and find myself in streets of Shahjahanabad in search of some lost Sufi saint. Whenever I need guidance from you, I will scroll through the pages of Darashikoh’s works. I will find you in streets of Old Lahore. I will see your traces in tomb of Madhu Lal Hussain. Oh yes, Shamas of Tabraiz who on one of his spiritual journeys preached to your ancestors and converted them into folds of Islam. What did Shamas of Tabraiz know that in these troubled times, people are no more converted to Islam with love but personal wishes of people have become their god, their Islam, their holy scripture. Yet, I miss you! God bless you!

But I know so many of us won’t understand. Hardened are their hearts. In words of Rumi, “It would be easier to convert seventy Bishops to Islam, than to clear away mind of that teacher the stains of hate, and so set him on the right road,” [Adepts of Rumi II: p 53]

‘A bullet has been chosen for you’: Attacks on journalists in Pakistan

May 3rd, 2014

Pak Tea House Blog

Amnesty has released its latest report entitled  “A Bullet Has Been Chosen For You” – Attacks On Journalists In Pakistan 

The situation in Pakistan seems dire. Here are the highlights:

  • At least 34 journalists may have been killed as a direct consequence of their work since democratically-elected government was restored in March 2008.
  • Only in one case have the perpetrators been convicted, the 2011 killing of Geo TV correspondent Wali Khan Babar, and even in this case there were serious concerns about fair trial issues.
  • Since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif formed government in 5 June 2013, at least 8 journalists have been killed across Pakistan as a direct result of their work. These include 5 journalists killed in 2014.
  • Of the 34 killings since 2008, 9 took place in northwestern Pakistan (the Federally Administered Tribal Areas or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa).
  • 13 took place in Balochistan province, and of these 6 happened in the province’s second town Khuzdar.

 

Introduction of the report mentions Raza Rumi, the founder/editor of this website:

“I was told my name was on a Taliban hit-list, but I hoped this was just a tactic to scare journalists like me speaking about the situation in my country. How wrong I was.” Raza Rumi, journalist Continue reading