Muslim Scholar Calls Allah to Kill Rushdie (Pakistan)

A Pakistani TV channel was wrong to broadcast a prayer in which a Muslim scholar called for God to “ruin” Salman Rushdie, Ofcom ruled today. During a live broadcast on Geo TV UK, in Urdu and from Pakistan, scholar Dr. Aamer Liaquat Hussain said: “O God I beg you for the sake of this night; ruin those who have blasphemed against Your beloved Prophet Muhammad, Peace be upon Him.

“Ruin them. Ruin Rushdie, I beg you for his death. O God, give him death, O Provider; he has blasphemed your beloved. Oh God, we beg in Your Court for his death.”

Two viewers complained that the statements made on the Shabeqadar programme in October were “offensive”. Under Ofcom’s broadcasting code, offensive statements are allowed but “must be justified by the context”. “Dr. Hussain’s remarks, albeit primarily addressed to a specific audience outside the UK (i.e. Pakistan), and in the context of a prayer, were broadcast without, for example, comment or editorial narrative,” Ofcom found. “We therefore concluded the remarks complained about were not sufficiently justified by context and so were in breach of [Broadcasting Code] Rule 2.3.”

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