Evergreen logic

Published Feb 04, 2010 12:57pm

When ‘Islamic’ televangelist, Aamir Liaquat, traveled to Saudi Arabia to perform (his umpteenth) Hajj late last year, intelligent, sensitive and rational Pakistanis let out a sigh of relief.

The more mischievous ones among us even prayed to the Almighty to let the Saudis fall in love with this eminent ‘Islamic scholar’ and fund his outlandish theories. The whole idea behind this sincere pray was for Liaquat to stay put in Saudia Arabia playing the Saudi faith’s Dr. Frankenstein (remember Dr. Maurice Bucaille?), leaving television viewers in Pakistan ever so grateful to the Saudis for keeping him there, away from the corruptions and temptations of Pakistan.

But, alas, all hopes have been dashed as Liaquat has been brought back for yet another invigorating season of ‘Alim Online.’ This despite the fact that in 2008, he was accused of instigating violence against the Ahmadiyya community through his highly enlightening show, and is also known for holding some truly audacious views about Islam, society, and politics in Pakistan.

Well, actually, such men (and some women), have ironically proven to be real attractions for multinationals wanting to advertise their brands during the most foolhardy shows, so one can understand private television channels’ unflinching obsession with these characters.

That said, this article will focus on a 10-minute section of Liaqaut’s show that aired on January 29 this year. After announcing his return to the mini-screen (so much for our prayers), Liaquat launches into a discussion on our unfortunate cricket team that has recently turned suffering defeat into an unparalleled art, nay, a fascinating science.

For a second I thought he would start cursing the fact that there are still not enough Tableeghis in the team for it to start winning again. But Liaquat, being the bolt he is, said this instead: “Our team has been losing a lot lately. So, a viewer called me and said, Liaquat bhai, do mention the fact that ever since Pakistani cricketers started wearing shoes with green soles, they have started to lose!”

Yup, you read that right. Liaquat bhai then went on to endorse this brilliant insight by suggesting that green soles are the culprit because green is the colour of Islam and also of our national flag.

Marvelous. This should also mean that the Pakistan team should stop playing on grass, and the hockey team should stop dribbling and running across green AstroTurf as well?

Conscious of the fact that maybe even the biggest religious nutcase will have some trouble swallowing this belligerent and breathtaking proclamation, Liaquat then quickly adds that this was a matter of faith and not aqal (reason). In fact, he said that such talk has to do with belief and would not be understood by the ‘worshippers of reason’ (aqal kay poojney walley).

So, on a mainstream Pakistani TV channel, which has recently made it a point to become the leading upholder of a corruption-less society, we get to hear about a very green reason behind Pakistan’s defeat in Australia. More than that, in a country with less than a 50 per cent literacy rate, we also get to hear how useless and sinful things like logic, reason, and intellectuality really are for the Muslims. Bravo.

Anyway, in that glorious 10-minute span, Liaquat then moved on to comment on some international politics. He talks about the recent murder of an Iranian nuclear scientist, and asks our own bomb daddy, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, to watch his back.

Interestingly, he also alludes to the fact that Dr. Khan is a regular viewer of his show. If so, then I have a question. Was it aqal that Dr. Khan used to make the bomb, or did the non-green soles of his shoe did the trick? Or maybe the doctor sahib’s brains are (literally) green, along with his heart, gallbladder and kidneys? Maybe it is not a bomb at all that he has made, but a giant shoe with non-green soles that we will use to kick India with?

Moving on, Liaquat bhai then at once puts the blame of the Iranian nuclear scientist’s murder on the continuing existence of a handful of synagogues in Iran! Shame on Iran for being a repressive theocracy and still managing to demonstrate more religious tolerance than a democracy like Pakistan can or ever will afford.

Then, like a typical whining demagogue, Liaquat says that there are synagogues in certain Muslim countries, but no mosques in Israel. At once realising that one of the holiest mosques of the Muslims is situated in Jerusalem (Dome of the Rock/Masjid Aqsa), he quotes a supposed Gulf News report that states that the Israelites have protested that the early morning call for prayer from the mosque is too loud and should be stopped.

After going through dozens of recent editions of Gulf News I could not come across even a single report suggesting the above. However, even if this is true, then Liaquat bhai should also share with his evergreen viewers the many incidents in Pakistan where perfectly good Muslims have rightly gone to court against a maulvi or two to stop them from turning the volume up to 10 while delivering the morning azaan. And as any pious Pakistani would vouch, the early morning call for prayer is (comparatively) the softest.

Anyway, doesn’t this make Iran and all the other Muslim countries that have synagogues seem a lot more tolerant than Israel?

Liaquat bhai then goes on to talk about the ‘Jesus’ Bible coded guns that were handed to some American soldiers in Afghanistan (but then taken back, even though bhai does not mention this). He says this is a sign that the war in Afghanistan and Iraq is a crusade. He moves on to suggest that the Swiss cannot tolerate minarets (on mosques); the French can’t tolerate hijabs, so on and so forth.

Indeed, how intolerant of them. But for the sake of the argument, let’s reverse the situation. Let’s say, a misled, misguided, bad and green-soled-shoe wearing Muslim like me objects to the fact that the Pakistani soldiers are trained to chant ‘Allah Akbar’ as a battle cry; or that army tanks and trucks have hadiths written on them – these are the trucks, tanks and soldiers the army will take into a war, wouldn’t it? So how is this any different than guns having verses from the Bible?

Let’s now go on to say that a bad Muslim like me also bemoans the fact that churches are regularly attacked in this country and that there are many areas in Pakistan were a woman without a hijab, a burqa, or a woman in a western dress, can’t even imagine venturing into without being harassed or attacked. If I start asking such questions, how many bemoaners of western intolerance will be willing to exhibit any tolerance themselves?

And now, returning to our cricket team, Liaquat bhai should also remind himself that each and every non-Muslim country where Inzimamul Haq’s hyper-tableeghi team played, it made it a point to hold public prayers (in the stadiums) and openly practice Islamic evangelism.

The Indians, the Australians, or the British didn’t challenge this blatant show of religious exhibitionism. It was stopped (and rightly so) by the Pakistani Cricket Board. And can you imagine what might have happened had the Indian team or an English squad decided to use Pakistani stadiums for Hindu or Christian rituals and their tours to the country as a recruiting side activity? Liaquat and the likes of him would have been throwing green-soled shoes at them and calling it jihad!

So, Liaquat bhai, life’s a two-way street, a fact that men like you continue to dodge. But what can one expect from a person who has nothing but contempt for reason and aqal?

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Comments (129) Closed




shabaab
Feb 06, 2010 01:03am
So what if Inzimam and his boys made a point to hold public prayers, you obviously have a problem with Muslims.
Urooj Zaidi
Feb 06, 2010 01:04am
Logical :).
Hidayat Ullah
Feb 06, 2010 06:21am
Both NFP and Aamir Liaquat are two sides of the same coin.
Tanzeel
Feb 06, 2010 06:29am
Amir liaquat's return on media could cause more nuisance in society.
Talha Bin Ali
Feb 06, 2010 08:41am
Dear Nadeem, Two human minds can never think the same way. Although Aamir can be criticised easily for being cynical regarding his shoe sole theory but can you focus on his positivity.. The way he has brought upon various issues of our society that lives in the dark. When are you going to highlight the ultra moderate culture that is depriving us of the morality that lives in the Muslims.
Ali
Feb 06, 2010 03:49pm
The alarming thing is that Aamir Liaquat still manages to have a significantly large audience in Pakistan..
Junaid Naseer Faroqui
Feb 07, 2010 03:56am
Friends... the only good thing about Aamir Liaqat is that he is a good presenter (He holds and exhibits the qualities of good speaker and an impressive orator)... And, what he speaks is mostly exploitation of underprivileged and illiterate (kind of raw minds) people across country. The facts put by NFP can be explained in another 100 pages! Good luck!
Momna Gull
Feb 08, 2010 08:03am
I feel that Mr. Amir Liaquat Hussain has hidden himself in a beautiful and clear Mask which he named Islam but there is something wrong with his theory of Islam I don't Know why but I can't still understand how people agree with each other in his AALim Online while the reality is entirely different.
Ayesha
Feb 05, 2010 09:22pm
That was well written! I don't understand what's wrong with Zaid Hamid and Aamir Liaquat and their immature arguments and reasoning! :|
Maaz
Feb 05, 2010 09:35pm
Its a really sad thing that logic and reason has really gone down from our self-claimed moulvis. It really is true that at the end the understanding of Quran will be vanished. Well, sadly we are experiencing it first hand. Downside of all this is that majority of people will think on the lines of Mr. Liaquat. At least there is some resistance out there. Two thumbs up NFP.
ALI KHAN
Feb 07, 2010 10:11am
Superb! logical and enlightening. We really should think over each and every sentence which these TV personalities utter because now I am beginning to believe that probably half of them are lies, and since we don't research them and accept them without discourse, these simple uttered sentences can be very influential in forming our concepts. bravo Paracha!!!!!!
Omar
Feb 05, 2010 06:51am
Excellent article, Nadeem. Really well written and keep up the great work you are doing.
Shawn Otani
Feb 05, 2010 06:56am
-You can't really put it any more straightforward than that.
Sohail Ansari
Feb 05, 2010 07:00am
Thanks Mr. Paracha for excellent piece of work.
insan
Feb 05, 2010 07:02am
Agree with your point but disagreed with your presentation. Thank you
Faisal Khan
Feb 05, 2010 07:45am
I am still at a loss to understand what democrcay is! Is it the view of the majority or the view of a few " enlightened ones" aka NFP etc. If it is the view of the majority, then i am afraid people like Amir Liaqat are the winners and we have to respect the verdict of majority.
Octavian
Feb 05, 2010 07:53am
Man, hilarious though, sadly I doubt the people who should be paying attention will do so. Sniff sniff.
SQ Khan
Feb 05, 2010 08:57am
These personalities should be banned from appearing in TV . They are like slow poison . slow but steady radicalization of the society . Religion is personal and don't make it political.
thinknow
Feb 06, 2010 05:37pm
Haris Khan
Feb 05, 2010 10:28pm
I really enjoyed the article, especially your twist on the green soles.
Zarrar
Feb 07, 2010 10:20am
I think it is not the fault of people like Liaquat hussein only. It is the fault of our media to promote such people through their screens and they do not just promote them but also promote and sell their fanatic views to the viewers. Mr. Liaquat is just a tool, the real culprits are media owners. Our media has played a great role in educating people to adopt extremism via TV talk shows, dramas and even songs. What we are today is because of our media specially our electronic media.
Nayyar Ahmad
Feb 04, 2010 12:50pm
Excellent article, I felt proud reading such bold and focused article. I would appreciate if you some other day write about Liaquat Bhai's Degrees tails, I am surprised still people call him Dr. Liaquat :D Heads off to you! Cheers
Mohammad
Feb 04, 2010 11:33am
Another good & interesting piece by Nadeem, very well argued and raised some good points. I am amazed that anchor like Liaquat would put a show on air with such arguments about green sole shoes (which doesn
Qureshi
Feb 04, 2010 11:36am
You are commendable, the way you express and point out the core of problem its only your capacity thanks
Ahsan Ikram
Feb 04, 2010 12:38pm
I must say thats very well said. It was so long due, 2 days back I was stunned to see "Alim is back" huge poster in JANG newspaper. I never thought as a nation we would be victimized by something and someone like this. Well done NFP. Keep up the good work.
Kashif
Feb 04, 2010 11:58am
Awesome! very well-written... and very humorous lol :D
Parus
Feb 04, 2010 11:59am
Well written NFP. Why these kind of people make themselves religious contractors? Let religion be a personal matter of people. Shall we stop using green carpets in our drawing rooms :P anymore...lol. Evergreen logic Hilarious!
haq
Feb 04, 2010 11:50am
Well this is the truth what you have written and I must appreciate your writing this time.
Ameer
Feb 04, 2010 11:54am
"In these are signs for those who reflect." Liaquat should really read and "understand" his Quran. Good article NFP.
Abdul Rehman
Feb 04, 2010 12:36pm
Dear Nadeem, I read your article on Imran Khan previously and am now reading this. The only conclusion I can draw from both is that you like to criticize anyone and everyone. Perhaps more positive publishing should be the order of the day!!!
Bin Ismail
Feb 06, 2010 07:30pm
Why do they call his show "Aalim Online" ? Simply "Online" would have sufficed.
Talal Khaliq
Feb 04, 2010 12:22pm
Very well written. You have pointed the fact rightly so NFP!!
Omar
Feb 05, 2010 08:26pm
I would suggest "Mr. NFP" to think positive and the sort of personality and intellect can be seen by his picture at the end of the article that is one with the thumbs down!...Mr. Paracha I am not Amir Liaquat's fan but you disappoint me when ever I waste my time reading your typical pessimistic articles.
Irfan
Feb 04, 2010 12:12pm
Great article NFP, I always believe that self proclaimed Dr, Mr. Amir Liaquat is over rated scholar who should be an actor in a drama play rather then preaching people. His self proclamation is so evident that despite the fact it is publicly known that his degree is fake and unlawlful he still likes to call himself Doctor. I personally feel that he uses this Alim online programme to promote himself in the name of religion. Also, if he is doing a religious programme then why don't he wear a topi or cover his head and have his bear as per Sunna.
ali
Feb 06, 2010 07:48pm
Well written article. good job done NFP.
adeelkunwar
Feb 06, 2010 07:49pm
Liqauat bhai is a fantastic artist, but if he limits himself for questions and answers sessions , whenever he tries to delivers a sermon, its the most irritating part of the program as he has half baked knowledge!
Maqsood Ahmed
Feb 06, 2010 09:48pm
Excellent article, but alas in our society, where ignorance thrives, people like Aamir Liaquat become popular and only a few know Nadeem. That really is the tragedy of our nation and major cause of our all ills. Nadeem you need to be more vocal and all the literate segment of our society must encourage Nadeem and other courageous people like him.
Khan_Ghalzai
Feb 06, 2010 09:58pm
Nadeem, Thanks for an excellent article. Resposibilty lies with the Pakistani TV channels to keep people like televangelist, Aamir Liaquat off the air. Pakistan is going through difficult times, and people of Paksitan can not afford hatemonger like Aamir. TV channel owner please keep these people off the air. Thanks.
Maria
Feb 05, 2010 11:04am
Maybe i've never seen Aalim online carefully, but if this is the sort of stuff that is usually aired i'd love to watch for the sake of a good laugh! Very well written, love your work.
qqqqqq
Feb 05, 2010 10:47am
Completely agree with the article. Aamir Liaquat is a disgrace to himself and to the world, he should be put away with.
KKrishna
Feb 04, 2010 09:40am
Well written.
sarah kazmi
Feb 09, 2010 08:23am
Well I really agree with this article.. And no doubt Nadeem F paracha is a good journalist!!
Iqbal Qasim
Feb 08, 2010 10:07pm
Unless we find ways to shut down hate speech which is told regularly on our "free speech" media, we will find ourselves in the undesirable position of protecting them from those that they target. This has happened before and will continue to happen. When will we learn?
nida
Feb 09, 2010 03:28am
I absolutely loved this article. I live in New York and whenever I watch this program air on geo I get so annoyed. I wish people would voice this type of reasoning more often. "But what can one expect from a person who has nothing but contempt for reason and aqal?" Amazing way to end the article!! props!
SJ
Feb 09, 2010 05:33am
One of my friends got a chance to attend his program. He told me that all the questions asked during the program and answers given etc are all planned. This is how they drive the thoughts of people here. BUT im my opinion both Aamir and you NFP are absolutely same when it comes to trying to damage the Islam..only the methodology is different
shivashetty
Feb 04, 2010 09:25am
Dear Nadeem, I appreciate your candid views and your guts to call spade a spade. This phenomenon of fundamentalism is not only a menace in just pakistan but slowing it is engulfing the entire sub-continent and what prevents them from the total invasion is just a rational, sensitive and noble souls like you in other societies. I wish there were such an thought provoking, no-nonsense and fearless like columnist like you in india.
M.Saif (Karachi)
Feb 04, 2010 10:01am
Good piece again. I am grateful to you for keeping me up to speed on our televangelists without having to suffer through their shows. Although on second thought, I guess those shows could be a source of comic relief.
Asim Suhail
Feb 04, 2010 09:31am
I totally agree with Nadeem Paracha, I never understood why broadcasting media allowed such a person to be on-air. So called Liaqat Bhai has no knowledge what so ever of religion Islam. I have heard also his false stories, and in my opinion such programs will damage brains of young generation. Ulemas like Liaqat are embrassment not only for nation but also for the religion.
RJ
Feb 04, 2010 10:11am
Great article Nadeem, you do a wonderful and much required job of exposing tv hacks who prey upon the gullibility of the many unfortunate and misguided souls in our midst. May God give us all reason and aqal.
rakesh
Feb 04, 2010 10:12am
People like Amir Liaquat and Zaid Hamid will continue to enjoy the popularity since they come up with very simple solutions to all the problems. It is a other matter that whether it has any logic or based on any fact but they do provide perfect escapism from hard facts. Atleast we know now that Pakistan lost because of wearing shoes with green soles. End of the debate. Lets sleep peacefully now.
Farhan
Feb 04, 2010 09:54am
The comment about the green sole of the show was actually made by an erstwhile Maulana who was invited on the show and was eagerly lapped up by Liaquat Bhai. The irony of the whole thing is that the Holy Qur'an itself exhorts man to ponder and use reason and logic to find faith while our Mullah brigade and the televangelists are dead against reason. No wonder we are such a confused nation.
imran
Feb 04, 2010 10:54am
Well written article NFP... loved it... keep the pen going... it is the best weapon against our popular Tv actors!
traveller
Feb 04, 2010 11:01am
@ Quest and Paracha Dear friends This is not an attack on a person, it is an attack on way of thinking that is destroying our people. This IS a real issue, how can we solve the problems of our country if we cannot recognise them? He is trying to prevent the country from going to the devil on a wave of fake religiosity that has no connection to the soul of Islam. It is surely the duty of every Muslim to resist hypocrisy and this is what this article is doing. So you think that is a waste of time?
sana
Feb 09, 2010 10:00am
To someone above arguing that questions asked in Alim online are planned. Dear sir, I happened to participate in a quiz show organized by PTV and you know what, every word of it was planned. Infact, they edited the wrong answers by the students. So to speak, this is the culture of everything that we're watching on TV not just this channel or that channel or this show or that show.
Asif Iqbal
Feb 05, 2010 11:23am
Indeed well written, keep doing it
Ali Khan
Feb 04, 2010 09:12am
Excellent article! The self-proclamation by many individuals in our society today as being the true representatives of Islam has brought Pakistan to where it currently stands; a clueless state with equally lost people. Let religion be a personal matter, and I'm sure the day that happens, we can progress as a nation.
Owais Afridi
Feb 09, 2010 01:36pm
it just came to me....our flag also has white in it, so does this mean even white soles are bad omen?!
pramod
Feb 05, 2010 01:10pm
I don't know why Pakistani govt. does not stop that kind of nuisance on TV. People like that are responsible for current situation in Pakistan. Maulvis used the same strategy to push the youth of Pakistan towards misguidance. Now theorist like Liaqat and Zaid using the same strategy for their personal gain. But really you must need a lot courage to tell theories to people which you yourself cant believe.
Nadeem A. Sheikh
Feb 07, 2010 12:43pm
I wonder whether the write up would bring any good to our nation. Having good writing skills, Mr. Paracha could better contribute towards improvement in our soceity.
Bilal Ahmad Bajwa
Feb 06, 2010 11:23pm
I have to congratulate Mr. Paracha for his powerful writing on a tricky subject against a biased fanatic. I strongly believe that people like Amir Liaqat are preaching hatred for others and making fun of their beliefs. Bulleh shah asked about such people
Salman Rajan
Feb 06, 2010 01:09pm
Isn't there anyone who check the script of this Aalim Online actor ? NFP Rocks !
Adeel
Feb 04, 2010 10:07am
You hit so many nails on the head... i can't stand these dramey baaz people on tv!
Mark
Feb 04, 2010 10:08am
Great stuff!
zafarva
Feb 04, 2010 10:54am
Good article pointing out hypocrisy of Amir Liaquat Hussain. But it seems to me that you, very conveniently, avoided the harassment faced by Muslims in the western world. While criticizing others you committed the same sin. Bravo bro!
Amer
Feb 08, 2010 09:00am
Nice Piece Mr. Paracha
Rehmatullah
Feb 06, 2010 10:50am
I do not disagree with Nadeem F. Paracha who has highlighted superstitious views which are expressed by the TV anchor. A sound and tolerant society can only be built on basis of reason and aqal, but not on the basis of superstition.
Salman Ahmad
Feb 05, 2010 06:05pm
Spot on! Unfortunately your article is exposing the culprit that is Aamir Liaqut to the wrong audience, His audience generally doesn't come online.
Raza Ali
Feb 05, 2010 06:12pm
I just wish I could put my heart out. Honestly.
ZB
Feb 04, 2010 09:27am
Totally agree with you, and he is a complete waste of time.
Faisal
Feb 05, 2010 07:18pm
This is a great article NFP. It made me laugh all the way through specially "the green shoe sole" part. I think the government may not necessarily block such programs for the fear of infringing freedom of expression, but at the least some programs should be launched to counter such illiberal religious programs. Obviously we can't really expect the government to take this responsibility because religion is the most important card they play to somehow miraculously unite a culturally and religiously diverse society. Your articles just do the right thing, countering illiberal forces fanning hatred in the minds and hearts of illiterate Pakistanis.
Kayenn
Feb 04, 2010 09:32am
I think people like Nadeem would save Pakistan from getting into a chaotic fundamentalist state. Please see reason. Zaid Hamid and the like thinkers have no place in this sane world. When ever I read Nadeem, Kamran Shafi or listen to Asma Jahagir from Pakistan, I hear voice of reason and hope. Please keep it up
ahmedmairaj
Feb 04, 2010 10:15am
Great articale... keep it up NFK
JRTenancious
Feb 05, 2010 08:31pm
Strangely enough I have never heard Amir liaquat of inciting any hatred against anyone. Maybe I missed it? But evidently enough I always notice a lot of negative in Nadeem Pircaha's articles. Nadeem "bhai" why don't you finally pull yourself out of the quick sand and start bringing your muslim brothers together. Do something for the sake of unity and not for the sake of sarcasm before this habit consumes you my friend. All these applauding will find another idol to appreciate while you'll be at the point of no return. If Amir Liaquat is bad and you are good as per your insinuation then prove it buddy. Unite and don't divide by speaking and writing a good word!
Hussain Hidayat
Feb 04, 2010 09:38am
Amir Liaqat Ali is a big drama baaz. I wonder how people can tolerate this man with acting rather over-acting and it makes me only laugh at those who are inspired by him. He is not an Alim neither even near to it. An Alim/scholar is a knowledgble person who interpret the issues relating to religion in a very balanced and unbiased way not like Mr. Amir Liaqat Ali who is preaching false theories.
Mohammad
Feb 04, 2010 09:36am
A great article
Rabi
Feb 04, 2010 09:35am
This post is on hillarious side and really liked it. Thanks NFP.
Saad Mahmood
Feb 04, 2010 09:35am
After a very long time someone has done an unbiased analysis of the current socio-political situation here. For the first time I have read a text from a Pakistani writer which evaluates ourselves as religious fanatics and extremists. Level-headed people have taken the back seat and have left the things to take the course as it goes, but personally I appreciate your views on religion, social responsibility and exploitation of electronic media.
quest
Feb 04, 2010 09:42am
Dear Nadeem sahb don't you have any topic to discuss other than pin point attacking the others. Kindly pick some real social or cultural problem instead of writing useless and at the same time wasting yours and more importantly our time.
sana yasin
Feb 04, 2010 09:44am
Well said I really like that. You are right these kinds of guys can easily mislead illiterate persons and unfortunately it is happening. Wearing costly costumes, colorful backgrounds and doing as Islamic based programs? Please people understand the difference, is Dr zakir Naiq doing the same? But how easily he justify his point.
sana yasin
Feb 04, 2010 10:37am
Mr paracha it is not useless, it is really unfortunate to read these kind of comments form literate person.
Salman Dasti
Feb 04, 2010 10:39am
Very well written, Precious prime time on tv, millions of viewers and listeners... all wasted even damaging our society..
Imran
Feb 04, 2010 10:48am
Another good & interesting piece by Nadeem, very well argued and raised some good points. I am amazed that anchor like Liaquat would put a show on air with such arguments about green sole shoes (which doesn't make any sense in itself) and also that they are behind the defeat of Pakistan cricket team and then so on and so forth. Liaquat Bhai and other anchors like him can not come up with some other ideas to put on air rather these indigenius views of their own, Its such a pitty.
Hmaid Raza
Feb 04, 2010 09:46am
Wow, a very good read. The best from NFP I have come across so far! I can't believe such a xenophobic, biased and intellectually challenged person as Amir Liaquat enjoys so much currency (pun intended) in Pakistani popular media. Does he ever think before he speaks? Reading his utterances, it is clear that he either does not or, even worse, does not care. In fact, he appears to be an amazingly shallow person, the ludicrousness of whose statements would be apparent to even a third grader who is remotely capable of exercising his faculty of thought. I don't watch Urdu television but if I did I would boycott any channel that aired his 'shows'.
Reasoner
Feb 04, 2010 09:48am
Again an Excellent Article ! NFP, you are doing really a good work, keep it up !
ALE Xpressed
Feb 04, 2010 09:48am
Beauty. Sheer beauty. Thank you NFP, yet again, for another much needed post.
Rehan
Feb 04, 2010 10:54am
Excellent, finally I read something about cricket, Islam, and one and not the only Amir Liaquat who come on TV and pass on whatever they want to, to our poor people who are still believing these corrupt minds. Nice work Paracha Bhai!!!
Amjad Cheema
Feb 04, 2010 10:49am
Very well written NFP. Keep it up.
Zeeshan Khan
Feb 04, 2010 10:53am
I dont Like NFP columns because of its extreme reaction to extremism and irrationalism. If we do so we are among the extremists and our attitude will be reactive rather to be active. Mr. Online in this regard is one step ahead of us. He has propagated his brand. We must have propagated ours. Our efforts need to be directed, utilized and concentrated upon doing some thing fruitful. we should be at the driving seat.
Ahmed Ilyas
Feb 04, 2010 10:53am
I am happy to see that finally Mr. Nadeem found something new to talk about... not totally but atleast Liaquat "bhai" is a new target. I agree that this bhai of ours is a big time fraud and is nothing more than a money making fake scholar. I have been told by many friend about his real personality and was once told that he was seen abusing the traffic cop for stopping his car when he broke the light. So I totally agree with Nadeem as far as this article is concerned, although he does set over the lines many times every now and then.
S.A.Khan
Feb 04, 2010 11:30am
I agree with Masriq message at 15.32 on 4th Feb 2010.The liberal thinking people should propagate their message that religions divide rather then unite mankind. Societies are becoming aware of this factor and are conditioning people towards secularism. However in Pakistan mullah's have great influence on the society. They by preaching divides to gullible sector of society make good living.
Ehsan Rahim
Feb 04, 2010 12:39pm
Enjoyed every word written in your article. This reminds me a saying of Mr. Qudrat ullah Shahab " Hum nay aqeeda chore diya hai aur aqeedat ko paal liya hai". This is whats happening in present day Pakistan. Every one is now a self proclaimed Islamic Scholar without any kind of formal religiuos education. These are the quacks of Islam.
SBK
Feb 04, 2010 12:54pm
NFP, Honestly, I am not a fan of yours. Actually whenever I read your opinions I disagree more than agree. But you have nailed this beautifully. I, at least for once, agree with all your points 100%. I wish our ulema and people alike can show the kind of tolerance and 'aqal' that is the true virtue of our great religion Islam.
Ullas
Feb 04, 2010 11:16am
No no.....you must keep people like Liaquat on television. How else would you get your daily dose of humour ?
thinker
Feb 04, 2010 11:22am
A marvelous piece of writing. ....Good Work and keep it up. People like these are just enjoying by misleading blind believers of our beloved Homeland.
Azam Chwdhry
Feb 04, 2010 11:20am
Nadeem, You have brought excellent points in your article. I hope that people like Amir Liuaqat will learn something, admit their mistake, and correct themselves. He is not a completely loss case. Majority of his programs are very well balanced. But as a human being he also makes mistakes. I am very much disappointed by him recently, but would still like to give him a chance so that he can correct his views. Azam USA
Aysha Khan
Feb 09, 2010 07:21pm
After reading this article, I watched one of Aamir Liaqat' s program on TV at my friend's house. I have to agree with the writer that Aamir Liaqat is spreading hate. He was talking about Aafia Sidiqui's trial in US court. The words Aamir Liaqat used were" Aafia ko ghaseetay hoay americi adalat main laya jata hay" (Afia is dragged to American court for her trial). All I would say is this is just a Sheer lie. Amir Liaqat should know that this is greatness of American system which gave Aafia Siddiqui to come to court and defend herself for alleged crimes. If Americans wanted, they could have done alot with Aafia in Afghanistan. She would be one other name in the list of hundreds of people disappear in Pakistan everyday and nobody would ever know where did she go???
A khan
Feb 10, 2010 04:22pm
Excellent article. Nicely written. Amir Liquat is fake. I know it. He misleads innocent ignorant people. People need to wake up.
Naveed Malik
Feb 09, 2010 08:52pm
Well Nadeem you will always be criticizing no matter what. Don
Faruque Malik
Feb 05, 2010 04:47am
Amir and his types are condemnable
Jimmy
Feb 05, 2010 04:53am
Thanks NFP - We need more of such 'Aqalmand' articles to counter likes of Liaquait Bhai....
Mehdi Baloch
Feb 05, 2010 08:12am
Well written article dude !!!!!!!!!! But instead on writing on a single personality, you should address the issues of common Pakistani ... as someone has mentioned above that we know its difficult for you but for a change maybe ;)
Asif Khan
Feb 05, 2010 05:27am
Your article seems to be full of criticism of a highly imminent religious scholar of our country. I have been watching Amir's programs in Toronto, Canada, where I live and I find the program "Aalim on Line", to be a source of great inner satisfaction to me. You have chosen smart words and phrases to criticize him, well off course that is your democratic right. As a patriotic Pakistani, I will suggest to you that instead of being too vocal on an imminent personality of our country , your articles must educate Pakistani people about exposing the current incompetent Govt. that has come into our country.
Mansoor
Feb 05, 2010 07:54am
In a country of so many issues Aamir Liaquat is one more.
Rehan
Mar 02, 2010 07:22pm
Amir Liaqat is a person who is spreading hatred amongst some sects of Islam. I thinks he wants to become an artist in his young age.
Irfan
Feb 05, 2010 06:24am
I don understand the point of your writings, Nadeem? I have read a few of your articles in Dawn Sundays and now this one but there is nothing new/interesting/useful/helpful/optimistic/motivating in your columns. You are always criticizing, you never have a solution for anything.
Nusrat Hussain
Feb 04, 2010 09:58am
I am a fan of Liaquat Bhai and can't believe that he used this argument of green shoes. I have also seen his speech posted on You Tube where he made remarks about the father in laws of prophet. I think he is a good orator and he does talk lot of sense, reason and intellect most of the times. He also has the tendency of getting off the track occasionally. We should keep a close watch and help him mature with positive criticism.
AM
Feb 28, 2010 09:17pm
NFP, you're brilliant! Keep writing...
AP
Feb 24, 2010 05:59pm
LOL if you meant it as a joke... if you didn't then I would prescribe you to read NFP's articles number of times and keep following him..
AP
Feb 24, 2010 06:02pm
I would say "whatever happened to logic and sensible thinking"
Nazzia
Feb 05, 2010 06:38am
Spot on once again. I wonder why Amir Liaquat is still out there messing up with young (and old) minds everywhere. On another note, NFP please try to find some areas of discussion which are more positive and have been kept away from public eye for whatever reason. I know for a cynic like you it will be a tough job, but just for a change maybe...
guru singh
Feb 15, 2010 01:29am
An excellent article. Pakistan, the most beautiful part of east while India has been spoiled by persons like Aamir Liaquat. In India where there is much more religious tolerance and freedom to choose one's religion or not to choose any religion if one wants to. I am sure many Pakistanis may be wanting similar environments in Pakistan also but persons like Aamir Liaquat won
SYED SHAHID FAKHRI
Feb 16, 2010 06:49am
Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain, a very stylist young man, working hard on Islam religion, doing some good job but he seems to be confused and he tries to convince people that he is following a new and modern version of Islam where as Islam religion has got only one version derived from Holy Quran and Prophet's Sunnah.
Uzair
Feb 14, 2010 07:03pm
NFP, you make me your fan...
haseeb
Feb 14, 2010 04:12pm
I would say "well said S J"
Qavi Qutub
Feb 14, 2010 12:34pm
I do not fully agree with the thoughts of the writer of the above article but it certainly has some good opinions if not facts. Both Dr Aamir and the writer of this article are doing the same thing which is not presenting the facts as responsible public figures as journalist and TV anchor but putting their own opinions / wishful thinking in other minds. I think we need some codes of how reportings should be done of facts but not individual opinions portrayed as facts.
Shariq
Feb 13, 2010 02:01am
I have to agree that Dr Liaqat is blessed with ability to speak but his theory is mostly biggoted and flawed. He needs to focus more on the short commings displayed by us Muslims before pointing finger on Jews, Hundu and Christians
Wazir
Feb 12, 2010 05:09am
I actually have to agree with NFP here.
Zeba Syed
Feb 10, 2010 02:58am
A well written article Nadeem and you certainly got your point through but give Amir a BREAK!
Bin Ismail
Feb 12, 2010 11:04am
No. No. White soles should be a good omen. The white of our flag is supposed to represent the 'minorities'.
Latif Khan
Feb 15, 2010 12:58pm
Amir Liaqat seems to be one eyed man preaching Islam to blinds in his arena. His way of Islam is based on self centred and narrow thinking which would damage Islam and its serene teachings. This is not the essence of the teachings of Islam. He has been depicting Islam in a different way from his arena. Someone to advise him that Islam teaches tolerance, peace and love and simply grooming one'e beard and hair ...as if one is a great scholar, is not the link to reach Allah. Well done Mr. Paracha for exposing him.
Taslim
Feb 10, 2010 06:00pm
Green is the color of Pakistan, not of Islam, Dear Liaquat bhai. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has said that for men, white color clothes are best. By the way, white is color of simplicity. Let Pakistani cricketers compete in Lim. Over cricket in Whites. Simple and religious as well!
Feroz
Feb 04, 2010 10:34am
Suberb Reply, Just wonderful !!!!
Aamer
Feb 04, 2010 10:27am
Great piece NFP. I guess finding material for your posts is not a huge problem living in Pakistan :)
Mady'sdad
Feb 04, 2010 10:29am
Finally something productive from NFP... This is by far his best work! It is the intolerance that is the root cause of what Pakistan is facing these days.
Mashriq
Feb 04, 2010 10:32am
Indeed the people of this pure country have been brainwashed by the so called learned of religion. These so called religious hypocrites have hijacked the minds of our illiterate and gullible public and are bent on destroying what little is left of peace and brotherhood in our country. Blind faith is a fact of life in Pakistan and people like Liaquat know how to fully exploit. It is for people like yourself through power of the pen turn the tide so that religious fanaticism may forever be banished from this country and one of the greatest teachers of our time said " Religious fanaticism and hatred are a world-devouring fire, whose violence none can quench".
poppye
Feb 04, 2010 08:52am
Awesome NFP... I still hope AQAL is still prevailing among Pakistanis..
paracha
Feb 04, 2010 09:45am
A useless article.
Hasan
Feb 04, 2010 09:49am
Bulls eye, you caught him and people like him red handed in their hypocrisy. The point is Pakistani's (excluding us literates, liberals and feudals) don't realize that these channels owned by business groups are indeed after all profit maximization institutions which ever way they may do so, ethics being their last priority. They are sinisterly involved in society's thought control & shaping perception of Right & Wrong / Good & Evil. This medium of electronic media is a powerful tool of propaganda. And everybody has used it and will use it for their own cause & benefit be it be any body. Somebody needs to tells the truth, but alas, Truth itself is relative!
S. A. M.
Feb 04, 2010 09:49am
Whatever NFP thinks of Amir Bhai I must saythat he is good in one thing and that is copying Shah Rukh Khan's style. He is so good in imitating SRK's actions that at times I feel that is there any originality in this fake Disco Pir. They come on tv in the most colorful and decorated clothes to speak of simplicity and to follow the right path. Such people should look first at themselves before asking others for Charactor Building and all those holy sermons.