BAR BAR Shezan

‘A Shezan a day, keeps the mullah-cult away’ with headlines like this and similar campaigns Shezan drinks in Pakistan seem to be having a dream flow — well the perceptions coming from Pakistan suggest so.

Following the ban by Lahore Bar Association on Shezan Products, primarily known for its juices made by an Ahmadi owned firm, the endorsement of the company’s products have acquired a new level by a section of Pakistanis who rebuff any such claims.

The absurd ban on Shezan juices have been one of the most talked about issues on the internet and reams have been written in court complexes of Pakistan’s most populous province of Punjab. A Facebook group by the name of “I’ll drink Shezan” is now active in a matter of days.

The online protest has grown to the extent that many users of Facebook and Twitter have changed their display pictures to an image of a Shezan juice pack and some are a planning a “Shezan party”.

The Lahore Bar Association (LBA) banned all drinks made by the Shezan Company at court complexes and vowed to take “tough action” against those found buying or selling the products near courts because the firm is owned by an Ahmadi.

The LBA made the decision last week after Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry, president of the Khatme Nabuwat Lawyers Forum, moved a motion on the issue.

The Ahmadiyya Times, a website that tracks issues related to the minority Ahmadi community, posted a piece titled “Pakistan: A Shezan a day, keeps the mullah-cult away”.

Imran Jattala wrote for the Ahmadiyya Times: “Some of my friends and acquaintances have decided to turn the latest bit of the anti-Ahmadiyya hate campaign in Pakistan on its head”.

“They are educated people who believe they know how to deal with another kind of ‘educated’ class,” he said.

“There are bad governments that are discussed as part of the political science curriculums in schools around the world; there are bad armies that are honed-in on in military school discussions; and now, I am afraid, the Pakistani judiciary is about to join the ‘bad’ lot as a subject matter in world schools,” he added.

In early 1970’s Ahmadis were declared “non-Muslims” in Pakistan. Since then, members of the sect have been targeted by religious zealots.

Here’s a look on the top tweets which flowed on the Shezan controversy.


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