Maulana Tariq Jameel apologises for his remarks against media
Well-known Islamic scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel apologised for his remarks for calling media houses ‘liars’ during the Ehsaas live telethon for raising funds to fight coronavirus.
Speaking as a guest at a talk show, Maulana Tariq admitted that his “tongue had slipped” toward the end of the telethon, to which Prime Minister Imran Khan also participated. “When I talk a lot, this happens,” he told the host.
“This is not just restricted to Pakistani media. Foreign media are also liars,” he had said.
The Maulana had stirred up a storm among journalists and civil society leaders by calling ‘liars’ to media houses around the world, including Pakistan, and the organizations “needed to be more honest.”
Earlier, Jameel had also said he was once approached by the owner of a private news channel and was seeking advice. “I told him to eliminate lies from the channel to which the owner replied that in case that was done the channel would be finished but the twisting of facts would not end... This is not just here, but media the world over is the same.”
Famous anchor Hamid Mir had also urged Maulana Tariq Jameel to reveal the name of the owner of the channel who had communicated with the scholar. “I would like to request Maulana Tariq Jameel that whenever he says something like this ever again, he should take names,” Mir had said. “It is also not right to spread misinformation about everyone.”