British author and investigative journalist David Rose said that he is not anti-Pakistan and anti-Muslim or anti-Pakistani racist and these allegations are monstrous and defamatory.
David Rose took to twitter and clarified his stance after defamation lawyer Mark Lewis accused the paper of anti-Muslim bigotry and British Pakistani Wajed Iqbal said that he had no doubt that Rose and his paper targeted him because of his Pakistani origin and Islamic faith.
Following the allegations UK journalist David Rose stated that he can’t comment on the claims of Shehbaz Sharif, or other legal matters but he has spent much of his career exposing and fighting racism, and he stands by that record.
He further said “I spent years investigating injustice in the war on terror, including Guantanamo and drone strikes on civilians. I devoted parts of 20 years trying to save the life of a wrongly-convicted African-American on death row. If you say I’m a racist, you’d better be ready to prove it.”
The journo said “people who are blaming me for being anti-Pakistani i want to tell them, I first visited Pakistan when I was 18, in 1978. Islamabad was not much more than a village – I think it had one market. I loved the country and its people then, and I love them now – which is why I care about them, and have returned many times.”
It is to be noted that David Rose spoke out after the media reports claiming that David Rose and Associated Newspaper Limited (ANL) have lost £1.2 million defamation case to Wajed Iqbal – a part-time bouncer and former taxi licensing officer – after falsely accusing him of being involved with sex grooming rings.