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#MolanaTariq_OurPride Trends on Twitter as Thousands Voice Their Support for the Cleric

Prominent Muslim scholar, Maulana Tariq Jameel recently apologized for his remarks on media houses during the coronavirus telethon, which took place last week to raise funds to fight the pandemic.
The cleric was forced to apologize over his remarks after facing backlash from media personnel across the country. Maulana tendered an unconditional apology to all anchorpersons during Muhammad Maalik’s talk show, saying it was a slip of tongue.
Earlier, during a lengthy prayer at the end of the telethon, the scholar said that the media needs to be more truthful, calling media houses liars. He said that not speaking the truth is one of the main reasons behind the spread of the deadly virus. Narrating a story, Maulana said that once the owner of a mainstream channel asked me for advice.
I told him to abolish all incorrect news from his channel. The owner replied that in case the channel would be finished but twisting of facts would not end.

Prominent anchorperson, Hamid Mir, was quick to criticize Maulana for his statement, saying it was an irresponsible act and that he should name the owner of the media house instead of generalizing.
In his prayer, the religious scholar also blamed a certain portion of women for the spread of the virus. Later, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) also responded to Tariq Jameel’s statement, saying ‘such blatant objectification is unacceptable’.
Since the fiasco, Twitter has been full of debate on the matter. From hashtags such as #MolanaTariq_OurPride to #HamidMirMafiMango as well as a number of others are hot topics on the microblogging platform.

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