Newsweek Pakistan editor: Child molestation sometimes ‘leads to great art’

Newsweek Pakistan editor: Child molestation sometimes ‘leads to great art’
Fasih Ahmed, editor of Newsweek Pakistan (Image: Samaa TV)

The editor of Newsweek Pakistan made the baffling and outrageous claim that child molestation sometimes leads to great art in a Tuesday tweet.

Fasih Ahmed, editor and publisher of Newsweek Pakistan, claimed that child molestation will always exist and will always continue, regardless of outrage or campaigns against it.

“The sexual abuse of children will always exist. You can never eliminate it. Sometimes it leads to great art. So there’s also that,” Ahmed said, before referencing a #MeToo movement in Pakistan launched by the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl.

The original tweet appears to have been scrubbed, it has been preserved in the form of  a screen grab:

The tweet touched off a firestorm of condemnations, including the following:

A tweet posted by Ahmed the following day attempted to explain away the original tweet by noting that the author’s ideas were “poorly phrased” and “misread.”

In the meantime, an Associated Press report noted that Islamic schools in Pakistan are rife with sexual abuse of young boys, with the AP reportedly finding hundreds of cases where clerics had inappropriately touched children over the past ten years.

No explanation has been given for the bizarre claim that “child molestation sometimes leads to great art.” Neither has one been provided for why Ahmed avatar on Twitter is a stylized profile of Donald Trump:

This report, by Amber Randall, was cross posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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