Controversy has raged in recent days over whether the video of a 17-year-old girl being flogged by the Taliban, released last April, was real or staged. The initial news report published in an English-language daily alleged that Ethnomedia, the Islamabad-based NGO that released the video, paid a “local” half a million rupees to have the video produced. TAGGED: Pakistan
The report also claimed that the girl shown in the video, which was so instrumental in galvanising public outcry against the Taliban, also received a payment of Rs100,000. The matter was even taken up by Pakistan’s Senate last month. In a debate held on the issue, Jamaat-i-Islami Senator Khursheed Ahmed demanded action against the NGO which he accused of having “defamed Islam and the nation”.