Fazl caricature removed at ‘tolerance’ exhibition

Published: May 17, 2012
The work was removed at the request of politicians.

The work was removed at the request of politicians.


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.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • sheda_Rambo
    May 17, 2012 - 9:42AM

    May be the “Removing” Authority wanted some Diesel Engine instead of “Lamp” …..

    its hard to believe that how people can follow personalities like him in the name of religion .
    Pity …..


  • Asad Shairani
    May 17, 2012 - 10:18AM

    When an exhibition was thrashed for having a controversial painting of Benazir Bhutto a couple of years back, some people even from the media justified it. And PPP is supposed to be a progressive, liberal party. I’m actually amazed that in this case just a request (read directive) was made and the exhibition and artists were spared.


  • Junaid
    May 17, 2012 - 10:23AM

    hahahaha LOL @sheda_Ramo …. Diesel Engine…. muwahahaha


  • Arsalan Siddiqui
    May 17, 2012 - 10:49AM

    I never want to support any of our current politicians by any means, but don’t you think that instigating some group, based on how I / WE perceive them would be helpful in countering intolerance, however I don’t even get the idea of joining these two self contradictory words together as a title …


  • Imran Con
    May 17, 2012 - 12:41PM

    If you don’t want to be depicted as a douche in art and history, you shouldn’t act like one as a public figure.


  • lota6177
    May 17, 2012 - 12:55PM

    Put the images on the internet and post a link so I can see them.


  • narayana murthy
    May 17, 2012 - 3:07PM

    Why is he called as Maulana Diesel? is there a story behind it?


  • choptocut
    May 17, 2012 - 4:50PM

    this is an exhibition of intolerance at the exhibition of tolerance :)))


  • yusuf
    May 17, 2012 - 6:40PM


    We follow him, not because of religion but because of his clean history, no corruption scandal!


  • Kanwal
    May 17, 2012 - 7:41PM

    Do you? Then you should make sure you tell Mr Molana this point clearly. He seems to have an impression that his followers follow him becasue of religion. So he acts like it surely. But i really doubt you would be heard. So best of luck!Recommend

  • yusuf
    May 17, 2012 - 8:22PM


    Liberal (apparently) & good looking are Corrupt while others have beard on their face, feeling really sorry for you………LOL!


    May 19, 2012 - 10:02AM

    it is good step by authority.


  • Atta
    May 20, 2012 - 4:00PM

    its just like bombing for peace, or killing to prevent murders,
    If you want to depict tolerance than be tolerant and do not target a particular figure or person that in accordance to your opinion is intolerant,
    We must stop targeting individuals, personal attacks must be avoided and the over-all idea or issue must be addressed,
    What these artists are trying to do is being intolerant and spreading intolerance to promote tolerance wow!
    Mission accomplished guys!


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