Trouble With Pakistan's White Stripe, The [world Service]

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01Episode 1 - Heart and Soul20120707

Mobeen Azhar investigates the plight of minority religions in Pakistan.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

In 2011 Salman Taseer was shot dead by his own bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri, who is now a national hero, revered by hard-line Muslims.

Taseer, who was Governor of the state of Punjab, was a critic of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, which many Pakistanis feel are being abused by the Muslim majority to persecute Christians and other minorities.

Mobeen Azhar meets Salman Taseer's daughter Sanam, to hear about his death and how he knew that by speaking out against the laws, his own life would be in danger.

He travels to Rawalpindi, to Mumtaz Qadri's house, which is now a shrine to him and he will hear from one prominent critic of the laws, who feel the plight of minorities is linked to the future of the country as a whole.

Mobeen Azhar hears how the country's founder Mohammed Jinnah, envisaged a Pakistan where minorities were part of the country - symbolised by the white stripe of the country's flag - but he will question whether that vision is being respected over 60 years since Pakistan was born.

(Image: Pakistan flag. Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

01Episode 1 - Heart and Soul20120708

Mobeen Azhar investigates the plight of minority religions in Pakistan.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

In 2011 Salman Taseer was shot dead by his own bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri, who is now a national hero, revered by hard-line Muslims.

Taseer, who was Governor of the state of Punjab, was a critic of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, which many Pakistanis feel are being abused by the Muslim majority to persecute Christians and other minorities.

Mobeen Azhar meets Salman Taseer's daughter Sanam, to hear about his death and how he knew that by speaking out against the laws, his own life would be in danger.

He travels to Rawalpindi, to Mumtaz Qadri's house, which is now a shrine to him and he will hear from one prominent critic of the laws, who feel the plight of minorities is linked to the future of the country as a whole.

Mobeen Azhar hears how the country's founder Mohammed Jinnah, envisaged a Pakistan where minorities were part of the country - symbolised by the white stripe of the country's flag - but he will question whether that vision is being respected over 60 years since Pakistan was born.

(Image: Pakistan flag. Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

01Heart And Soul2012070720120708

The growing persecution of minorities and the power of fundamental Islamists in Pakistan.

Mobeen Azhar looks at the growing persecution of minorities and the power of fundamental Islamists in Pakistan.

02Episode 2 - Heart and Soul20120714

Mobeen Azhar looks at the plight of Pakistan\u2019s minorities.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

In the second part of his investigation into what it is to be non-Muslim in Pakistan, Mobeen investigates the role of scholars and imams who preach their strict religious teaching into the homes of millions of Pakistanis via the dozens of cable TV stations, and the role they play in the growing religious intolerance that has led to violence against minorities in the country.

He meets the son of an Ahmedi Muslim, a part of the religion ostracised by the mainstream, whom was shot, after a TV Mullah said they should be punished. He asks the programme host, Dr Amir Liaqat, a household name in Pakistan, how comments on his show led to the killing of two Pakistanis.

Mobeen will hear how these spiritual TV agony uncles field calls from parents worried their daughters are not wearing the right headwear, or that their son’s beard is not the right length, before pronouncing punishments, and he speaks to Pakistani Bollywood superstar Veena Malik, criticised by one TV Mullah for her ‘western’ appearance, and how her TV appearance where she argued with the Mullah, became a huge YouTube hit.

She tells ‘Heart and Soul’ about her fears for the increasing power and influence the TV stations have over her countrymen and women

(Image: Pakistan flag. Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

02Episode 2 - Heart and Soul20120715

Mobeen Azhar looks at the plight of Pakistan\u2019s minorities.

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

In the second part of his investigation into what it is to be non-Muslim in Pakistan, Mobeen investigates the role of scholars and imams who preach their strict religious teaching into the homes of millions of Pakistanis via the dozens of cable TV stations, and the role they play in the growing religious intolerance that has led to violence against minorities in the country.

He meets the son of an Ahmedi Muslim, a part of the religion ostracised by the mainstream, whom was shot, after a TV Mullah said they should be punished. He asks the programme host, Dr Amir Liaqat, a household name in Pakistan, how comments on his show led to the killing of two Pakistanis.

Mobeen will hear how these spiritual TV agony uncles field calls from parents worried their daughters are not wearing the right headwear, or that their son’s beard is not the right length, before pronouncing punishments, and he speaks to Pakistani Bollywood superstar Veena Malik, criticised by one TV Mullah for her ‘western’ appearance, and how her TV appearance where she argued with the Mullah, became a huge YouTube hit.

She tells ‘Heart and Soul’ about her fears for the increasing power and influence the TV stations have over her countrymen and women

(Image: Pakistan flag. Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

02 LASTHeart And Soul2012071420120715

Mobeen Azhar looks at the plight of Pakistan’s minorities.

In the second part of his investigation into what it is to be non-Muslim in Pakistan, Mobeen investigates the role of scholars and imams who preach their strict religious teaching into the homes of millions of Pakistanis via the dozens of cable TV stations, and the role they play in the growing religious intolerance that has led to violence against minorities in the country.

He meets the son of an Ahmedi Muslim, a part of the religion ostracised by the mainstream, whom was shot, after a TV Mullah said they should be punished. He asks the programme host, Dr Amir Liaqat, a household name in Pakistan, how comments on his show led to the killing of two Pakistanis.

Mobeen will hear how these spiritual TV agony uncles field calls from parents worried their daughters are not wearing the right headwear, or that their son’s beard is not the right length, before pronouncing punishments, and he speaks to Pakistani Bollywood superstar Veena Malik, criticised by one TV Mullah for her ‘western’ appearance, and how her TV appearance where she argued with the Mullah, became a huge YouTube hit.

She tells ‘Heart and Soul’ about her fears for the increasing power and influence the TV stations have over her countrymen and women

(Image: Pakistan flag. Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Mobeen Azhar looks at the growing persecution of minorities and the power of fundamenta.

Mobeen Azhar looks at the growing persecution of minorities and the power of fundamental Islamists in Pakistan.

02 LASTHeart And Soul2012071420120715

Mobeen Azhar looks at the plight of Pakistan’s minorities.

In the second part of his investigation into what it is to be non-Muslim in Pakistan, Mobeen investigates the role of scholars and imams who preach their strict religious teaching into the homes of millions of Pakistanis via the dozens of cable TV stations, and the role they play in the growing religious intolerance that has led to violence against minorities in the country.

He meets the son of an Ahmedi Muslim, a part of the religion ostracised by the mainstream, whom was shot, after a TV Mullah said they should be punished. He asks the programme host, Dr Amir Liaqat, a household name in Pakistan, how comments on his show led to the killing of two Pakistanis.

Mobeen will hear how these spiritual TV agony uncles field calls from parents worried their daughters are not wearing the right headwear, or that their son’s beard is not the right length, before pronouncing punishments, and he speaks to Pakistani Bollywood superstar Veena Malik, criticised by one TV Mullah for her ‘western’ appearance, and how her TV appearance where she argued with the Mullah, became a huge YouTube hit.

She tells ‘Heart and Soul’ about her fears for the increasing power and influence the TV stations have over her countrymen and women

(Image: Pakistan flag. Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Mobeen Azhar looks at the growing persecution of minorities and the power of fundamenta.

Mobeen Azhar looks at the growing persecution of minorities and the power of fundamental Islamists in Pakistan.

Mobeen Azhar looks at the plight of Pakistan’s minorities.

Mobeen Azhar looks at the growing persecution of minorities and the power of fundamenta...

In the second part of his investigation into what it is to be non-Muslim in Pakistan, Mobeen investigates the role of scholars and imams who preach their strict religious teaching into the homes of millions of Pakistanis via the dozens of cable TV stations, and the role they play in the growing religious intolerance that has led to violence against minorities in the country.

He meets the son of an Ahmedi Muslim, a part of the religion ostracised by the mainstream, whom was shot, after a TV Mullah said they should be punished. He asks the programme host, Dr Amir Liaqat, a household name in Pakistan, how comments on his show led to the killing of two Pakistanis.

Mobeen will hear how these spiritual TV agony uncles field calls from parents worried their daughters are not wearing the right headwear, or that their son’s beard is not the right length, before pronouncing punishments, and he speaks to Pakistani Bollywood superstar Veena Malik, criticised by one TV Mullah for her ‘western’ appearance, and how her TV appearance where she argued with the Mullah, became a huge YouTube hit.

She tells ‘Heart and Soul’ about her fears for the increasing power and influence the TV stations have over her countrymen and women

(Image: Pakistan flag. Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Mobeen Azhar looks at the growing persecution of minorities and the power of fundamental Islamists in Pakistan.