To follow a religion is to take up a different lifestyle altogether, and if you fail to follow certain rules and regulation, then get ready to face hell on the earth itself. Though with increased self-awareness, human beings like to exercise liberty with these norms, however, not so much if you are in a Muslim country during the month of Ramzan.
A group of clerics thrashed the crew of a private television channel, Din News, when they were on-field to cover an event. The cameraman, Rashid Azeem, is the victim of the violence which took place at Haqqania Masjid. What started as a spat between him and a cleric escalated into a full-blown fight between the groups of journalists and clerics.
Rashid was performing ablution when a cleric arrived and accused him of drinking water during the holy month of Ramzan, that too in a mosque. Two started fighting over this and hearing the commotion, Rashid’s co-workers joined in.
When one of the reporters tried to record the violence, the clerics prevented him from doing so by breaking his equipment. According to eyewitnesses, as reported by The Express Tribune, the clerics took photos of the news crew present there and threw stones at their van. The students of clerics in question also took part in beating up the reporters. Head cleric, Israrullah, told Margalla SHO Ilyas Mekin,
They were not observing the fast and I tried to stop them. When my brother stopped them, they manhandled him and started beating him. When I saw this I took their camera and smashed it.
However, the victims ran away from the spot and took refuge in a nearby police station. Complaints have been registered from both sides. The clerics presented themselves in front of the police and accused Rashid of violating the rules of Ramzan, whereas, the victims refute these accusations and plead innocence.
No arrests have been made till now. It is speculated that both sides could be booked for offenses; the clerics for assaulting and the TV crew for violating the Ramzan sanctity law — the Ehteram-e-Ramazan Ordinance.