The website of the Express Tribune (liberal by Pakistani standards) published a picture. its a modestly dressed woman posing next to an anti-valentine day billboard with a sign that says “let love be”. (It doesnt seem to be on the tribune site anymore…I am told it was there but has been removed …I just thought of taking THIS blog post off the net too, but since PKKH has their original post up, I doubt if we are materially adding to any possible legal case that may be concocted to bully the people involved).
It took only a few minutes for Paknationalists to notice and become outraged. See details here.
Of course no blasphemy was intended or committed. But the poor girls, and the editors and publishers of the Tribune, could still be in trouble.
The response on Twitter was
— Salman Javed (@FortressMSJ) February 14, 2013
— Salman (@SalmanTW_PK) February 14, 2013
— خاموش ایکسپرٹ (@silentxpert) February 15, 2013
btw, dont miss this anti-Valentine day article on the same site.
….On this day, youth especially is encouraged to lose their tight morals and follow their lust. Visual theft of females takes place, and privacy may be breached with a red rose in her face; or vice versa with men. The best response by females would be to wear hijab even if they did not previously….
To see why this must be so, see my earlier article on 3 qd. The blasphemy law is primarily about bullying. And it works.
UPDATE: the express tribune has apologized, the matter may be dying out. (apology tweet below). So, am i feeding the flames by leaving this post up?
Seeing that this site has about 300 visitors per day and the paknationalists have tens of thousands, I think this is not feeding the flames. In fact, given our small size and low visibility (and liberal audience..i am guessing) I think this is a pretty safe place to discuss this bullying without helping the bullies.
What do you think?
We at Tribune apologize unreservedly for causing hurt or offense to our readers over a slideshow that was published covering a local event
— The Express Tribune (@etribune) February 15, 2013