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Fair media coverage don't support ban on television channels against Moharram coverage must not be implemented.

DANGEROUS ban on television channels against Muharram coverage, as reported by a television channel, showed ill-will of government as an anti-Shiite move. It reminded of old war of Umayyads, Abbasids and new war of world powers and Mideast against Shi'ite Hussainiat! Other bans on pillion riding may make half sense and may be half acceptable, though government must overcome terrorism without such a ban. However, bans on channels against Muharram coverage is simply baffling. Government has a duty to protect its citizens. And not vice versa. If mobile phone usage is also banned under an excuse to fight terrorism, that excuse may not be acceptable now. Media persons cannot immediately contact their media offices and report any small and big dangers or attacks, taking place at the time. Ban on television channels to cover Moharram proceedings on Tasua and Ashura, if the report is correct, showed that ban on mobile phones usage was not to fight terrorism as even TV coverage is also now banned. These bans may also simply reveal the government's lack of competency in dealing with security issues and to conceal any act of terrorism against Shiites! The government must reconsider its unconstitutional decision and not ban TV coverage which is violation of rights of people to know the truths they have a right to know.

DISSECTING roots of ongoing anti-Shi'ite sectarian wars in intolerant societies, including by public and private sector groups, a Sunni versus Shi'ite history showed that a world war against Shiite Muslims continued throughout the fourteen centuries. It was among most merciless history of social torture, economic massacre, imprisoning and target killings since 14 centuries past worldwide, which is nothing new in this 21st century. Million of Shias were killed, injured, arrested or jailed during by various governments, rulers and leaders during these long centuries.

UMAYYAD rulers (661 to 750 CE) with their capital in Syria sought to marginalize the Shiite minority and like the later Abbasids (750 to 1258) turned on their Shiite allies and imprisoned, persecuted, and killed them.

Historically, at various times Shi'ite groups have faced persecution. In 1514 the Ottoman sultan ordered the massacre of 40,000 Anatolian Shiites, claiming that the killing of one Shiite had as much otherworldly reward as killing 70 Christians. In 1801 the Al Saud-Wahabi armies attacked and sacked Karbala, the Shi'ite shrine in eastern Iraq. Karbala is a place where army of Yazeed ibne Muawiyah ibne Abu Sufyan had encircled, attacked and martyred Prophet's grandson Imam Husayn and his over 70 closest family members. Even in Pakistan, many non-Muslims as well as minority Muslims don't reveal their surname identity so that they are not denied their just rights and to avoid cruelty and systemic persecution.

WORLD media and Muslim media in general, do not write history truthfully and distort many historical facts. It's often said that the dispute over the right successor to Prophet Muhammad resulted in the formation of two main sects, the Sunni, and the Shi'ite. The Sunnis, or followers of the way, believed they followed the caliphate and maintained the premise that any devout Muslim could potentially become the successor to the Prophet if accepted by his peers. The Shi'ites however, maintained that only the person selected by God and was already announced by the Prophet in his own lifetime by gathering all people could become his successor, and thus Prophet's declared Imam Ali became the religious authority for the Shi'ite people. As a punishment against Shiites on their following what they regarded as Islam and truth sacrificing their own life, exercised were social torture, economic massacre, imprisoning and target

killing against Shiites since fourteen centuries. Militarily established and holding control over the Umayyad government, many Sunni rulers perceived as threats those highly knowledgeable and qualified excellence of Shiite Imams who were considered by their Muslim followings to be real Islamic leaders, but never fought for caliphate, unlike most Sunnis who feared competence of Shiite leaders as a living reminder of a highly moral danger to both their political and religious authority. The persecution of the Shi'ites throughout history by their majority co-religionists has often been characterized by brutal and genocidal acts which reduced the number of Shiites in the world, which is now comprising Shiites as only a minority in the entire Muslim population:

Shi'ites remain a marginalized community to this day in many Sunni Arab dominant countries without the rights to practice their religion and organize.

ABBASIDS (750 to 1258 CE) after defeating the anti-Shi'ite Umayyad dynasty in 750, operated from Baghdad, Iraq where Hussaini tragedy in Karbala had taken place but they also imprisoned and killed Shi'ite Imams and encouraged Sunni ulama to define Sunni orthodoxy and contain the appeal of Shia'ism. The last decades of the tenth century witnessed anti-Shi'ite violence in and around Baghdad. Like in Umayyad rule, Shi'ites were attacked in their mosques and during the day of Ashura processions often being killed or burnt alive. In 971 C.E. When Byzantine forces attacked the Abbasid empire, the first response of the caliph's forces and angry Sunnis was to intensify their persecution of Shiites. Shi'ite homes in Al-Karkh (modern-day Iraq) were torched. This pattern of behavior became repetitive and was repeated throughout the centuries to present day. By the middle of the eleventh-century, it became custom for Sunni mobs to loot the Shi'ite town of al-Khakh every Saturday!

These anti-Shi'ite attitudes were further propagated by Sunni jurists of various beliefs. Mongols in year 1258 CE ran over Baghdad and ended the Abbasid dynasty.

MUSLIMS in Pakistan including honest and knowledgeable religious leaders of all sects as well as genuine historians of all religions have a prime duty, responsibility and obligation to enlighten Islamic Ummah with truths without lies so that sectarianism can end, if they really have the capability to do it, something which is among most dehumanizing crisis as well as challenges for a couple of billions of Muslim population worldwide.

HOPES are that history will help all present day Muslims from all sects to stop this ancient barbarism and narrow minded sectarian mentality and actions in 21st century, claimed to be advanced, civilized, educated and multicultural.
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Publication:The Messenger (Karachi, Pakistan)
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Date:Nov 12, 2013
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