Anti-Islam movie: Barelvi parties call for Western boycott

Published: October 5, 2012
Sunni Tehrik head Sarwat Ijaz Qadri accused the media of not giving adequate coverage to their protests. PHOTO: FILE

Sunni Tehrik head Sarwat Ijaz Qadri accused the media of not giving adequate coverage to their protests. PHOTO: FILE


The All Parties Ahl-i-Sunnat Conference on Thursday urged their supporters to boycott products from Western countries in protest against an anti-Islam movie made in America.

A resolution carried at the end of the conference, which was held at Jamia Naeemia and attended by representatives of 40 Barelvi Sunni parties, also condemned protesters in Pakistan who committed arson and vandalism while protesting against the movie. The resolution termed the making of the anti-Islam movie an act of terrorism and a bid to create conflict between religions.

The resolution also addressed the United Nations, saying the body should amend its charter to make blasphemy an international crime. It also demanded a code of ethics for media whereby it agreed not to air blasphemous material anywhere in the world.

The Barelvi parites demanded that the rulers of Muslim countries record their protest against the film in an effective way and that the Organisation of the Islamic Conference hold a meeting on the subject. They said the matter should be taken up in the International Court of Justice. They demanded that the Pakistan government explain its policy for the defence of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). They said the government must allow peaceful protests and crack down on those using the film as an excuse to riot. Finally, they reminded the government of its responsibility to ensure that all non-Muslims living in Pakistan and their worship places were safe.

‘Govt sheltering terrorists’

Sunni Ittehad Council Chairman Haji Fazle Karim, addressing the conference, said that the movie was a Western attempt to portray Muslims as intolerant and that they had done this before. He said banned militant organisations were behind the violence in the protests against the film and they were operating “under the government’s shelter”. He said all the people arrested for violent protests in Lahore had been granted bail, which showed that the government had backed them.

Karim said that the United States was an “international terrorist”. He demanded the government convene a joint session of parliament to discuss its strategy against blasphemy. He asked the participants to educate the people about the movie during their Friday sermons.

He said the Sunni Ittehad Council would set off on a train march from Karachi on October 14. They would arrive in Lahore the next day and then set off for Islamabad. He said that he had changed the name from the ‘Pakistan Bachao March’ to the ‘Tahaffuz Namoos-i-Risalat March’.

Sunni Tehrik head Sarwat Ijaz Qadri accused the media of not giving adequate coverage to their protests. He said the media sold its coverage and the SIC couldn’t afford to buy it. He said that the ST could force the media to mend its ways, but first it would like to hold talks with the owners of media outlets.

He criticised television channels, saying that they invited heads of terrorist groups to their programmes to ask them about their views on how to deal with terrorism. He said blasphemy laws like Pakistan’s should be introduced all over the world.

At the end of his speech, Qadri urged the participants to vote for him in the next general elections. He said if he was elected, he would hang the terrorists in public.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 5th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (37)

  • watchtower
    Oct 5, 2012 - 9:41AM

    Western products include the PIA air crafts too which take you for Haj. I mentioned only one product out of many. our leaders are in the habit of giving senseless statements.


  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Oct 5, 2012 - 11:25AM

    Do They really know the list of products these ‘ulemas’ themselves may be using from Western Countries.!!!??

    Ok let me list some of them

    1) They may have Nokia, Apple made phone in their pockets
    2) Telecommunication equipment and settelite receivers/services to run mobile phones/TV channels bought from western countries.
    3) lots of them will go for hajj using Boeing and Airbus planes.
    4) Lots of them will have computer/laptops with ‘Intel Inside’
    5) The electricity they are using to create noise all day long in the mosques are being generated using turbines/power houses bought from Western countries.
    …………. List goes on

    These Molvis have no clue what they are talking about and lots of people call them as their leaders! pathetic!


  • Great Effort
    Oct 5, 2012 - 12:36PM

    I totally agree with the statements given by Sarwat Ijaz Qadri and Maulana Fazal Kareem.All they have said is abolutely true
    Western boycott is completely justified . These Sunni parties are the only peaceful parties of Pakistan. Our media has always neglected the efforts made by these parties for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan and for the uplift of Islam**


  • Thinker
    Oct 5, 2012 - 12:40PM

    ET is prmoting sectarian hatred. they very often single out Sunnis and never criticise Shias


  • Manny
    Oct 5, 2012 - 12:58PM

    Boycott products from Western Countries?

    That would only be possible if we were in a position where we had enough brilliant minds to make our own products.

    Processors in any computer- Western products.

    Satellite systems used to broadcast TV channels – Western products.

    Most medical treatments – Western products (lets see how many of these esteemed leaders
    would refuse treatment).

    All passenger planes – Western products (flying to perform Hajj anyone?)

    The list goes on and on.


  • B
    Oct 5, 2012 - 1:03PM

    So no more McD and KFC.


  • Lala Gee
    Oct 5, 2012 - 2:05PM

    This is timely and well thoughout move.The American companies have been exploiting Pakistan for a very long time.This ban is sure to badly dent their profits.Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    Oct 5, 2012 - 2:20PM

    Imagine what will happen if the West in turn boycotts Pakistan !!


  • Naeem Siddiqui
    Oct 5, 2012 - 2:33PM

    @Great Effort and @Lala Gee

    ok now use camels to go for Hajj this year because both PIA and Saudi Airlines use Boeing (American) and/or Airbus (European) air crafts.

    Do you guys really know the List of western products Pakistan and rest of the so called ‘Muslim world’ uses !!!??


  • DevilHunterX
    Oct 5, 2012 - 3:07PM

    That microphone he is speaking in and the car he rides in. Both western products.


  • watchtower
    Oct 5, 2012 - 4:12PM

    @Lala Gee:
    Yeah, sure. The west has only one source of income and that is from their business in pakistan. If we succeed to dry up that source the west will surly fall. keep denting their profits.
    Charity begins at home. Throw all the western products that you might be possessing and may be you start with your computer.


    Oct 5, 2012 - 4:19PM

    We should boycott their products as much as possible. As far as the concept of Sunni religious organizations is concerned, we must see that coverage of their rallies is not made properly by TV channels. I AM THANKFUL to ET for highlighting this issue . I have personally observed that members of Sunni organizations are quite much good and disciplined as compared to other religious organization**s.


  • Hardliner
    Oct 5, 2012 - 4:41PM

    He (ST chief) criticised television channels, saying that they invited heads of terrorist groups to their programmes to ask them about their views on how to deal with terrorism.

    What more do I have to listen??? its a typical example of the idiom:

    pot calling the kettle black


  • Patriot Paki
    Oct 5, 2012 - 4:42PM

    These maulvis might be using japanese and chinese products ……….Recommend

  • SurelySure!!
    Oct 5, 2012 - 5:04PM

    ok! agreed!
    Have we alternatives to the westren products please?? any Inventions by us so far? or any inventions coming soon…..


  • Tony Singh
    Oct 5, 2012 - 5:11PM

    @Lala Gee:
    How about starting with not using the internet?


  • Morons
    Oct 5, 2012 - 5:25PM

    In other words…Back to Stone age.

    Ok, so now where’s my homemade spear? I need to get go hunting!!Recommend

  • Oct 5, 2012 - 6:20PM

    I had a lot to write, but then stopped myself, thinking if such rubbish really needs any comments?


  • Please Do
    Oct 5, 2012 - 6:31PM

    Don’t forget to boycott the foriegn aid you receive from the West!

    (In the State-Foreign Operations budget for the 2013 fiscal year, the Obama administration requested $2.2 billion in foreign aid to Pakistan )Recommend

  • Frank discussion
    Oct 5, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Well said
    .We’ll have to boycott western culture before any other sort of step.Boycotting their products is also however good. The inventions discussed in various comments are all the result of ideas of Muslim Scholars and scientists. Many a people regard using microphones and such other things Bida’a, but in actual it is’nt so .The thing we lack is to some extent narrow mindedness


  • smj
    Oct 5, 2012 - 7:06PM

    How about boycott the product and make them locally? ohh may be it would be too much after all day protesting on streets.


  • Archie
    Oct 5, 2012 - 7:20PM

    Look at the face of the man in the picture. Would decent, educated Pakistanis trust their fate in the hands of this man who, probably, does not even know how to spell the word “economy”, let alone what Western or U.S. products are! Boycotting the West would be sounding Pakistan’s death knell. Pakistan’s biggest markets are in the West. Who on earth would think of buying, for example, Pakistani textiles and apparel? China? That country, a competitor, actually hates Pakistan. The Gulf? It’s a small market and they had enough of Pakistani products. And who will foot the bills of Pakistan — paying salaries to civil servants, militarymen, corrupt politicians, and others in a long list of recipients? Why don’t Pakistanis shut up such guys who are destroying our country? Is Pakistan burning? Yes, thanks to people like this man in the picture. You boycott the west and the whole world will turn against you forever.


  • Cautious
    Oct 5, 2012 - 8:00PM

    If you stopped using Western Technology you won’t have the internet and you can live in isolated but “holy” ignorance. Go for it.


  • MA
    Oct 5, 2012 - 9:38PM

    This is HYPOCRACY at its highest with these Mullahs. Given half the opportunity to travel to the west, they would be the first ones on the plane. Maulvi Sahib, just take care of the business on your home land, that will be sufficient.


  • peace for all
    Oct 5, 2012 - 10:02PM

    I am standing with SARWAT EJAZ as perform religious duty.


  • abolutely True
    Oct 5, 2012 - 10:24PM


    What kind of hypocrisy it is????? We are heading towards an era of backwardness just bcz of neglecting the true teachings of Islam. We are always criticizing Moulveez ,but are never looking into ourselves. Respect to Moulviz is essential for every Muslim. HOW WILL WE SUCCEED IN THIS LIFE AND HEREAFTER when we keep on making fun of these religious personalities. We must try our level best to pay respect to them as well as follow Sunnahs of The Holy PROPHET* *


  • Shahid Butt
    Oct 5, 2012 - 11:45PM

    @Great Effort:
    Can you give me list of these wesetrn products? Please post it under comment. I will be happy to go thru


  • Shahid Butt
    Oct 5, 2012 - 11:47PM

    Can Mr Qadri give us his educational back ground?


  • Joe
    Oct 6, 2012 - 3:43AM

    The microphone he’s holding was made in the west.


  • Kashif
    Oct 6, 2012 - 10:54PM

    @ Shahid Butt: Qadri sahib is an Aalim and also an Engineer of NED University. Bycotting of Youtube and google in Islamic world has dropped it to number 3 from number 1.


  • Kashif
    Oct 6, 2012 - 10:59PM

    Being a Muslim I am with Qadri sahib, and I oppose Disrepect of our Prophet.


  • Oswald Saldanha
    Oct 6, 2012 - 11:43PM

    Would some good soul please advise Sunni Tehrik head Sarwat Ijaz Qadri, that boycotting western countries is NOT a smart idea afterall, even though it should be a logical one.
    Mr Qadri, are you aware that Pakistan survives on the ” Khairat ” of Christian Western Countries ?
    Yes Mr Qadri, Islamic Pakistan lives on the ” CHARITY ” of Christian western countries. You are the beggar with the begging bowl, it’s only been about 65 years that you have been holding that begging bowl, with arms stretched out. While you are at it, Mr Qadri, please educated your children on this point as well.
    The purpose of writing this sarcastic note to mullah’s like you, is that from the sermons you give at the mosque, don’t teach your dumb followers to hate and kill non muslims, teach them to educate themselves. Teach them to love their neighbours and be productive citizens of Pakistan, teach them to STOP taking bribes, killing fellow muslims, harrasing, bullying and intimidating innocent minorities of Pakistan under the bogus blasphemy laws.
    BUILD, BUILD, BUILD Pakistan, a great country, which has the potential of being a South Korean in 10 years.


  • Shahid Butt
    Oct 7, 2012 - 5:44AM

    Thanks for the qualification of Mr Qadri. Engineers are very good in Math and so in Numbers. This brings me to same question which I posted earlier, which western product we should boycott? Actually by bycotting you are shooting your own foot. Just like by protesting violently, so many people got killed in Pakistan.We should have behaved like Singapore. They had a peaceful march to the US embassy and gave a protest note to the US consulate. Then everybody dispersed.There was no loss of life or damage to the public or private property.


    Oct 7, 2012 - 5:58PM

    All the readers are requested to read the news properly . They ( Sunni’s ) themselves have condemned the Anti-Islamic movie as well as violent protests against it. We must be broad minded and instead of criticizing these people , we must try to understand our shortcomings. Until or unless we we are not aware of our shortcomings, we can never prove ourselves successful.Mr Sarwat Qadri is a good person and the previous head of ST was even a superb personality. The activists of this political party are peace and calm. Recommend

  • Shahid Butt
    Oct 7, 2012 - 11:37PM

    @Oswald Saldanha:
    I agree with you with all the humbleness


  • Shahid Butt
    Oct 7, 2012 - 11:42PM

    Can you or Mr Qadri are able to give list of western products?


  • Shahid Butt
    Oct 7, 2012 - 11:44PM

    My question remains unanswered. What products he wants us to BOYCOTT?


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