Pakistani Gays, Fashion Designers at militants’ hit-list

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Naimat Khan

KARACHI: Siding with government and military that supports American led invading forces and not airing or publishing the militant’s point of view has been the criteria for making it to the hit-lists of Taliban and other proscribed organizations but Al Qaeda’s militants – presently in custody of law enforcers – have disclosed they had some more reasons as well, we have reliably learnt.

“Deep neck, skirts, mini-skirts, sleeveless dresses are promoting obscenity in the country and fashion designers are setting up foundation for an obscene and vulgar Pakistan” this was one of the reasons, which Saad Aziz – the alleged killer of Sabeen Mahmud and Safoora bus victims – shared in response to a question posed by interrogators as Why fashion designers be attacked.

For TV artists they perceived were gay and spreading homosexuality in the country, which was curved out of the Indian sub-continent in the name of Islam.

The hit-list recovered from Safoora’s suspects also includes the names of at least five Fashion designers and same number of television artists, highly credible sources told this scribe.

All journalists, fashion designers and artists, SP Raja Umar Khattab – In-charge Counter Terrorism Unit of Karachi police – claims, are saved after the lethal network has now been busted.

“By killing the selected ones we wanted to make them a lesson for others who are bent upon making Pakistan a vulgar and obscene country and like the west, in most parts of which the homosexuality has been legalized”, Saad Aziz told interrogators.

Many terrorist acts like attack on American Professor, murder of Director T2F Sabeen Mahmud were brain child of Saad Aziz, who due to his association with upper strata of the society would always think out of box and to the level to which the mind of Taliban and other militants from lower and middle classes would hardly reach, a police officer associated with case told while demanding anonymity.

Aziz, a former graduate of the prestigious Institute of Business Administration (IBA) – an institute that had been alma-matter of incumbent president Mamnoon Hussain, former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and former Governor State Bank of Pakistan Dr Ishrat Hussain among others – offered some unique reasons for attacking the artists.

“The hit-list has enlisted artists who, Saad Aziz and his fellow perceived, were Gays and working for spreading it in Pakistani society” sources said.

According to sources Aziz was influenced by the news items appeared in some section of Pakistani media that the United State embassy in Islamabad, which reportedly hosted a meeting of Pakistani gay and lesbians in July 2011, has actively launched a campaign to “spread homosexuality” in the country and “tainting” the posh areas of Lahore and Karachi.

“The U.S. embassy doled out huge funds to Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to oversee the campaign and it helping homosexuals to get Canadian and American visas on priority basis” stated a Urdu Daily while quoting its sources, adding the campaign was so widespread that lawyer body in Islamabad had to submit a formal complaint to Senior Superintendent of Police to lodge case against U.S activities for the “protections of humanity.”

With this background in mind and legal battles in the USA and west for legalizing gay marriages, Aziz wanted, according to his account before investigators, to have a pull stop to spreading homosexuality in Pakistan by killing the said artists.

According to police sources the fashion designers who made it to hit-list were also believed by the Al Qaeda youth network as Gays.

It is worthy to note that the hit-list, which police claimed to have recovered from Safoora suspects, also includes the names of journalists and law enforcers.

Originally Published  “The Frontier Post”

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Author: Naimat

Karachi based journalist, writing on national and international issues.

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