In Urdu, 'Tarek' literally means 'quitter'. - Interestingly, we saw this definition play in reality on Saturday, January 29, 2011, when Tarek Fatah backed out from a debate with me at the last minute without informing anyone at the venue.
Shamefully, he has still not spoken a word to the organizers about his uninformed absence. All they have to go by is a 'press release' by some organization he knows friends in, but one he does not officially represent in any way.
Assuming the press release letter voices Mr. Fatah’s views (the truth of which we may never know) it makes for an engaging read (see PDF attachment).
The clown on the letter by the name of Sohail Raza accuses NAMF of “turn(ing) a debate into a public inquisition”. This is a serious charge. How was this to be a public inquisition, I wonder? And why would it be public? Doesn’t the general public identify with Mr Fatah against the Big, Bad Islamists? Or perhaps, it is the public, not NAMF, which is full of anger toward you, Mr. Fatah, for the propaganda damage you cause them.