Calling out the real bullies


Bullies; we have all heard of them at some point in our lives, the more unfortunate ones amongst us have faced the wrath of bullies at no provocation at all. However, very few of us stand up to them. In fact people who get bullied often lash out at their well wishers who either point out the fact that they are being bullied or tell them to give it back to their bullies. 
Something similar happened with Najam Sethi on the eve of February 7th. In his TV show, Najam Sethi ran a clip of Maulana Fazlur Rehman alluding that Imran Khan of PTI is politicking at the behest of some nameless and faceless Jews. He also ran a clip of Mr. Imran Khan saying that Maulana Fazlur Rehman is one of the three people who are responsible for the mess the country is in. Sethi later on said that Imran Khan should have been more vocal in his defense and should have denounced Maulana more vociferously than he did because Maulana will not let go of Imran Khan’s Jewish connection (Khan’s ex-wife and mother of his children is of Jewish, Catholic & Protestant heritage) and will use it again and again during the elections later this year.
Jemima Khan, Khan’s ex-wife, heard the words “Imran Khan, Jewish lobby, conspiracy” and without actually watching the programme or asking anyone with a better grasp of Urdu, jumped to the conclusion that it was Najam Sethi who was stirring up trouble for Khan. She was never considered particularly bright by anyone of note, and now even less so when she took to the microblogging website, Twitter, to start a personal attack on Najam Sethi (She wrote that Mr Sethi has always been critical of Imran Khan except when his wife and Mr Sethi wanted an invitation to dinner with late Princess Diana) perhaps undermining the credibility of Mr. Sethi as a journalist.
What followed that was just as crazy as any other war of words on social media is, but it is significant in revealing that politics based on religion is not just here and now, it is flourishing with every passing day. No one is willing to take on this issue head-on, instead they either try to shoot the messenger – in this case Najam Sethi – or join forces with the forces spreading vitriolic hatred against the other.  It was Maulana Fazlur Rehman who first spoke about Khan’s Jewish connection but it was Sethi – an easier target who can perhaps only retaliate with arguments instead of something more sinister or dangerous – who got burned for just pointing his fingers to the bully in question.
Some really charged up PTI member even started an online campaign for Sethi to be removed from the air for “making some immoral remarks about Imran Khan’s ex-wife Jemima Khan.” The fact that the campaign has received 631 signatures as yet tells us a lot about how people form opinions – divorced from reason, nuance, logic – and choose their candidate based on that very opinion come election time.  
In past, Imran Khan has been roughed up by the goons of Islami Jamiat Talaba in Punjab University but we have not heard such vehement condemnation for them, either because of political expediency or because of the fact that PTI was afraid of a repeat performance. Whatever the reason is, no one is calling out the real bullies who are getting away with all kinds of transgressions. 
An edited version was first published in The Express Tribune
PS: I guess Jemima Khan is quite fond of picking up fights with random people on twitter, sometimes they are famous journalists like Najam Sethi, sometimes they are nobodies like me. Hereis an account of Jemima Bibi calling me names for questioning if hers is the real account before she got verified.
Clip to Evernote

9 Comments

  • Watch here:
    http://youtu.be/a5w26FD0e7E?t=2m52s

    He does not say that Maulana Fazlur Rehman thinks like this. He used the words himself. He WAS NOT defending IK. We do not need anyone to defend Imran Khan or anyone else. Only the truth needs to be spoken.

    So your whole article seems to be based on your own wrong perception. Do go through the clip again (and again if need be).

  • Good Stuff. Enjoyed it 🙂

  • Jemima was justified in condemning Najam Sethi because if you see the TV show carefully he clearly implied that Jemima is a jew and her children are being brought up in a Jewish environment which is not a fact.

  • Najam sethi is a purchasable comodity, currently in the bag of zardari, lets wait for the sun set of zardari, he will jump from his bag to the new one in command, BUT,,, inshAllah time is changing rapidly, people like him wont be able to find any place to hide,every single true patriot pakistani has eye on these elements, we will not let them run , that time is not too far now, eik eik harf , eik eik paisay, eik eik lamhay ka hisab lain gay……HAWA RAKHAY GI DARAKHTOON KO BAY SAMAR KAB TAK, GUZER HE JAIEN GAY YE DIN BHI HOSLA RAKHNA”

  • cbs, what about the fact that Jemima spend almost three years with a non muslim holly wood actor Hugh Grant as his girl friend, a western term which means one has illicit sexual relationship in our dictionary.
    http://hollywoodgola.blogspot.com/2007_12_18_archive.html
    Her children must have watched all this. Is it islamic? And we can say that that Imran’s own children are growing up in pure islamic or even in pure Pakistan culture. I am afraid answer will be a big ‘No’.
    Jemima Khan is taking more interest in Imran’s political careerperhaps to prove that there is a woman behind a man’s suucess. Or she learnt that she can’t get a better husband than Imran. Remmeber in Musharraf’s era once she came here to see Musharraf to convince him about Imran. Everything is fair in love and war 🙂 especially if its lost love 🙂

  • “… Some really charged up PTI member even started an online campaign for Sethi to be removed from the air for “making some immoral remarks about Imran Khan’s ex-wife Jemima Khan.”

    Charged up, huh? Hmm. Now I know how ‘Tiger’ Khan ‘Tsunami’ plans to eliminate the LoTP’s energy crunch in no time at all 😉

    Wonder what would happen once those PTI members also saw the pics of Jemmy Khan-Midas touch Smith with Britannia Spears and Hughly Granted.

    … Perhaps they would then be able to export electricity, no?

  • Jemima responded to his tweets in which he said she is a Jew coz he has google searched her. May be you need to do a bit of research before putting ur thoughts down.

  • This goes back a long way.

    Telegrams from Governor-General’s Camp, Quetta, September 8, 1948, to M.A. Ispahani (Pak. Ambassador to the USA), in New York:

    Doctor Ilahi Bakhsh and Riaz Ali Shah consider immediate consultation with lung specialist and top general physician imperative Stop They recommend Doctor Hinshaw of Mayo Clinic Minnesota but of course final choice rests entirely with you Stop Please arrange immediate specialist to reach Quetta repeat Quetta by quickest repeat quickest air-route Stop Wire arrangements Stop Amin


    Continuation my telegram of September 8 kindly intimate immediately names of specialists selected by you Stop Needless to say they should not repeat not be Jews Stop

    —–
    Source:
    “M. A. Jinnah Ispahani Correspondence, 1936-1948”, Edited by Z.H. Zaidi.

  • Hi- I am not a fan of Jemima’s. (Full disclosure). But, I did read her tweets and just wanted to say this- would you say that it is unfair of Najam Sethi to have deleted his tweet in which he says that Jemima was a Jewess heiress according to the British media? From what I read from JK’s Twitter stream, THAT is what riled her up. She tweeted, “@najamsethi The point is not what you said on the programme- It’s your tweets I object to and your relentless, hate campaign over 15 yrs.” A fan of your blog, best, M.

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