The Lal Masjid Fatwah calling for the death of the editors, publishers, and staff of Octane is still out there, and eventually some idiot will act on it. What are they upset about? This advertisement, which appeared in other magazines as well without the Fatwah. The text on the Ad said:
The fool Abdul Aziz from Lal Masjid calls it blasphemy, and unlike the other crazy Fatwahs recently (breast feeding, etc,) this one has real potential to cause real harm to real people. While the Pakistanis raised quite a ruckus over restrictions in the press from PEMRA, it remains to be seen what they will say about this. Regardless, both are sinister attempts to strangle freedom, just from different sources.
You could speculate all day about the motives, but Lal Masjid continues to press the bounds of sanity.
Download the June issue of Octane here. (warning: multi-megabytes, some might find articles in this magazine offensive, and some photos very graphic — the coverage of the Karachi violence and the Anti-Abortion article are particularly gruesome. On the other hand, the fashion section is wonderfully done, it’s almost Vogue, the articles are hard hitting and speculative, covering the gamut of issues in Pakistan today.)