Activist Jibran Nasir, in a tweet late Wednesday night, said that Bol Network is accusing him of “blasphemy, foreign funding and treason” in retaliation to him fighting for justice in the Shahzeb Khan murder case.
Bol TV on Wednesday in its TV show ‘Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga’ made the potentially life-threatening claim that Nasir is going against Islamic laws by filing an appeal in the Supreme Court (SC) against the Sindh High Court (SHC) decision to retry Sharukh Jatoi and his accomplices in the Shahzeb Khan murder case.
“For pursuing justice in Shahzeb Khan murder case, for exercising my constitutional right of approaching supreme court Bol Network is for the 2nd time this year falsely accusing me of blasphemy, foreign funding and treason just to protect Shahrukh Jatoi. For BOL its all about money,” said Nasir in a post on Facebook.
“Our focus is and will remain on the issue. We will fight our battles in court against the injustice in the Shahzeb Khan and Shahrukh Jatoi case,” he tweeted.
Dear @BOLNETWORK @FaysalAzizKhan @AmirZia1 like last time ur lies wont succeed, ur resources wont matter, we wont be intimidated nor distracted. Our focus is and will remain on the issue. We will fight our battles in Court against injustice in #ShahzebKhan #ShahrukhJatoi case pic.twitter.com/JhVSaIQgey
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) December 27, 2017
The show, currently being ‘hosted’ by an anonymous figure called ‘Mr Qoum’, claimed that Nasir was educated in an enemy country, hates Islamic laws and has been involved in mischievous campaigns against the army and judiciary in Pakistan. It also accused him of blasphemy and having deep connections with an Indian funded organization.
However, Bol TV failed to provide any evidence to support its claim throughout the length of the episode.
Nasir had already approached the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) against Bol TV and Aamir Liaquat, the ex-host of the show, ‘Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga’, for running a defamatory and life-threatening campaign against him.
In response to several such complaints, an initial ban was imposed on the show and Aaamir Liaquat was later asked to apologise unconditionally to the viewers” by “specifically naming all individual complainants against whom hate speech was aired”.
Blasphemy is a sensitive charge in Pakistan, and unproven allegations can trigger mob lynchings and violence. A man was sentenced to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook in June.
In May, a mob attacked a police station in an attempt to lynch a Hindu man charged with blasphemy for allegedly posting an incendiary image on social media, killing a 10-year-old boy and wounding five others.
At least 65 people have been murdered in the country over blasphemy allegations since 1990.