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Says Swat girl brings conservatives, liberals on one platform; attack on young student is an attack on knowledge; time has come for decisive action against terrorists; dialogue and discussion should be pursued as extremism distorting Islamic teachings; Dr Amir makes atmosphere despondent by raising issues of drone hits, girls martyred in Lal Masjid
 
 
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Monday, October 15, 2012
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KARACHI: A special direct broadcast was launched on Geo Television by Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain from the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), Rawalpindi for the well being and early recovery of Malala Yusafzai.

 

In the programme, “Ummeed Ka Ujala, Hamaree Malala” people from different walks of life participated and lit candles as an expression of solidarity with Malala. They prayed to Almighty Allah her early recovery.

 

Thousands of people present on the occasion released balloons as a symbol of hope. They expressed hope that Malala would recover and rejoin her mission for education. The spell bound viewers were carried away by the sentimental way of narration by Dr Aamir of the Holy Quran and Hadith.

 

They were of the view that Malala had brought the conservatives and enlightened people on one platform. They said it was an attack on knowledge not on Malala and time had come that they should adopt direct view instead of an apologetic view.

 

The people said that dialogue was the course to be adopted in case any one had difference of opinion instead of resorting to violence. The teachings of Islam should not be distorted by adopting the path of terrorism.

 

The participants including students from International Islamic University, Qandeel Institute and Roots School, special children, families from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), representative of the Christian community Cathrine Rodrick and other members of the civil society condemned the murderous attack on Malala and asked the government to grant exemplary punishment to the culprits.

 

They said, “We should raise voice for the victims of drone attacks and the children of Lal Masjid along with the attack on Malala Yusafzai and also find out the black sheep in our ranks so that in future such incidents are not repeated.”

 

The participants of the programme also urged the government to launch a decisive action against terrorists. At the end of the programme, the participants wrote messages pertaining to prayers for Malala.

 

The programme ended with the expression of solidarity with Malala and special prayers for the martyrs of drone attacks and Lal Masjid. The programme continued for two hours and several telephone calls were received in the offices of Geo TV to pay tributes to Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain for presenting a memorable programme.