What we have been seeing in the wake of the attack on Hamid Mir has taken an ugly turn. What started off as a war of accusations between media channels has now assumed a sectarian tint. Accusations of blasphemy are hurled left, right and centre without pondering for a moment what the consequences of such an irresponsible behavior can be. Pakistan’s biggest media group is the main target with all other channels standing against it. It presents a sorry picture but sadly the rot started at the media channel itself. Take any negative trend in the media and you are likely to trace its origin to Geo. It faces blasphemy charges today and is playing the victim.
Have we forgotten how its journalist accused the late PPP MNA Fouzia Wahab of blasphemy when the poor lady didn’t say anything that could have been construed as blasphemy? Can we forget a particularly venomous article written by a journalist of the group inciting blasphemy charges against Wahab? She was lucky that no case was registered against her although some people tried their best to do it. Now that Geo is having a taste of its own medicine, can it be hoped that once it’s out of this mess - and I’m sure it will come out strong and unscathed like it did in the past - it will have learnt some lessons? No matter what its rivals may say, it is Pakistan’s biggest and most popular media group. It is hoped that it will act maturely, especially in the matters of religion and national security.