Hamza Ali Abbasi Banned by PEMRA For Ramzan Transmission
I think Hamza Ali Abbasi thought that this is any democratic country where anyone has ‘freedom of speech’ but the actor first found himself in hot water when he faced a huge criticism from the Pakistani Muslims when he announced to conduct a program for Ahmadis announced to conduct a program for Ahmadis.
It had received 1,133 complaints through Whatsapp, Twitter and telephone calls regarding the transmissions, PEMRA said in a statement issued on Friday. The complainants said both shows had aired provocative content.
Hamza Ali Abbasi, co-host of Aaj TV’s post-Iftar transmission, Ramzan Hamara Emaan with Aisha Khan for Aaj TV, was holding discussions on the Ahmadi community and blasphemy laws during his show.
“Why is Ahmadi such a taboo word? Ideological stances aside, my only goal is that when an Ahmadi is killed or persecuted, the media shouldn’t be scared to talk about it,” he had said.
“During these transmissions, ratings remain the focus under the guise of Ramazan shows,” read the Pemra statement, adding that “provocative conversations took place during the shows which has led to much anger and sadness”.
“Even after clear instructions from Pemra, unfortunately TV channel owners, anchors and audience indulged in non-serious and irresponsible conversations,” added the statement. It all began with actor and social activist Hamza Ali Abbasi questioning the oppression of Ahmadis during one of his programmes on Aaj TV.
“There is a divine pleasure in suffering in the way of Allah (SWT) and his beloved Prophet & Messenger Muhammad (SAW)”, Hamza Ali Abbasi took to social media soon after the notification was issued.
“The community is being suppressed but if you talk about it, people say ‘You’re from that community that’s why you’re saying this,’” said Hamza. “I am not an Ahmadi, I am a Sunni Muslim.”
The notice further warned that in case any of the said hosts [Hamza Ali Abbasi & Shabbir Abu Talib] talk about controversial subjects in any programme of other channels, those programmes will also be banned immediately.
The programme will also be banned if the hosts Hamza Ali Abbasi, Shabbir Abu Talib and religious preacher Maulana Kokab Noorani appear on any other channel and discuss this particular controversial issue or any other such topic, the Pemra notification further adds.
“Pemra has forwarded this case to its council of complaints in Karachi, which will announce its decision on June 20 after listening to all the parties concerned, who have already been issued notices,” the statement said.