LLF CEO comes under fire over insulting tweet on senior journalist’s job application

January 25, 2018

Founder and CEO of the Lahore Literature Festival (LLF) Razi Ahmed came under fire on Thursday for his tweet in which he called out senior journalist Abbas Nasir for writing to him for a job vacancy. 

A war of words broke out between the former editor of Pakistan’s English-language daily Dawn and the Founder and CEO of Lahore Literature Festival (LLF) Razi Ahmed over the comments made by Newsweek Pakistan publisher a couple of days ago on child abuse.

It all started when Abbas Nasir, the former editor of Dawn, posted a tweet in which he stated that in all probability, Razi Ahmed pays Newsweek Pakistan money to use their name in the country.

“So, unlikely they’ll act,” he concluded.

The tweet did not go well with Fasih’s brother Razi Ahmed, who immediately called out Abbas for being an expedient man and spoke of how once Abbas emailed to him regarding a job opportunity a couple of years ago.

Abbas Nasir did not shy away from admitting that he had applied for the job in his next tweet.

“I can confirm I also exchanged three emails with Fasih Ahmed from Oct 25 to Nov 1 2012. Can also confirm have written to many media owners — from total jerks to the finest — exploring opportunities for work over a 33-year working life and accept this as a professional hazard.”

 

The LLF CEO came under fire from Pakistani Twitterati, who showed their support for Abbas Nasir and slammed Razi Ahmed for his insulting tweet.

 

Fasih drew the ire of netizens on Tuesday after a series of tweets on child abuse in the backdrop of horrific rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Ansari and other minor girls in Kasur.

“The sexual abuse of children will always exist. You can never eliminate it. Sometimes it leads to great art. So there’s also that,” he tweeted.

In another tweet, he said: “Rape by, say, Obama is rape. Rape by, say, Tom Cruise is everyone’s dream come true. All subjective.”

“Child sexual abuse has always happened, is happening, and will always continue. Two days of outrage on Twitter and participating in a 10-person vigil may make you feel so noble but that’s all just about you, not those who’ve been victimized.”

The offensive tweets drew an angry response from people on social media.

Newsweek also distanced itself from Fasih Ahmed’s stance and said they were reviewing its relationship with Newsweek Pakistan.