A caricature of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman was removed during a photo exhibition, ironically titled ‘Intolerance’, at the Nishtar Hall Gallery on Wednesday.
One of the participants told The Express Tribune that another caricature of the JUI-F chief was already removed earlier on the insistence of some political figures.
The 10-day programme, titled ‘Face Off,’ aimed at countering growing intolerance and radicalism, concluded on Wednesday.
The work that was removed depicted the JUI-F chief emerging from a lamp. It was removed on the order of a senior bureaucrat. The artists, Nida and Saima from the Department of Fine Arts, University of Peshawar, were disheartened.
“We portrayed him the way we saw him and there was nothing extraordinary about it,” Saima said.
“It was an artistic attempt and everyone should have at least some guts to accept it,” she added.
Syed Saifuddin, another student of the same department, told The Express Tribune that the organisers removed another such caricature that he had drawn a day earlier.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 17th, 2012.