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While all seems to have been said and done on the Maya Khan episode and social media has won much praise for assuming the role of the chief pressure group in this case, amidst the frenzy what has escaped scrutiny is that the program’s episode was by and large representative of how our society tends to deal with individual freedoms.

And although Khan is not defending her position, she genuinely and thoroughly seems to think that the approach of the episode was not entirely either objectionable or wrong. But even that’s not the problem. The problem is that her point of view is not exactly rare. While there may be people who have denounced the program’s ‘terminator’ approach, they may not necessarily have a problem with the lack of respect for individual freedom — the idea that clearly was the driving force of the episode.

Also, the fact that the men and women who were being filmed for ridicule on the episode could not bear to be seen on television in that setting, shows how endangered their own personal freedom is — whether the assault comes from a charged up anchorperson with a team out for a witch-hunt or from other people who may be in a stronger position to cause harm.

Still fighting the attacks on individual freedoms that have been made from various quarters — be it successive dictatorial regimes, the self-appointed moral policing types [such as Lal Masjid types] or the society at large experiencing and embracing a radicalised worldview, one hardly needed the media to join this clubbers’ club. But let us make no mistake, this was not the first time somebody crossed the line. The line has been crossed every now and then and to different extents, except that this time the reaction became overwhelming enough to force a response from the management of the network which, regardless of firing the program’s team, is ultimately responsible for what went on air that morning.

This brings us to the question of what is the objective of programming and the kind of judgment exercised in hiring the people to execute it. Sacking a team may be easier and necessary when everyone’s clamouring for action, but things would probably not have reached this point had responsible hiring been done for important positions in the first place.

Media houses need to realise that firing a team after public uproar is not the solution – responsible and prudent hiring, coupled with a progressive and balanced approach to programming is how this issue can be tackled best. The problem is bigger than Maya Khan and the invasion of privacy. The problem is the school of thought that makes many feel that this is okay – and to target that warped mindset, a biased and controversial media is hardly a solution.

How do you, as an average viewer perceive the whole incident? Was Maya right? Is this problem bigger than just Maya Khan? Can such an invasion of privacy actually be justified and how can media houses adopt a more ethical and balanced approach towards programming?


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waseem Feb 02, 2012 12:27pm
Well said and done....Covered well.
Rizwan Mahesar khair Feb 02, 2012 12:47pm
U did gud job nd said fantstk abt Maya khan's work..i realy suport ur heavy argumnt..kep it up madmm!!
iqbal Feb 02, 2012 01:04pm
Maya khan has gone beyond ethical limits. it is none of her business to go live in parks and interrogate young couples about relation and NIKAH NAMA..Anchors like Maya khan should mind their business and do not try to sell hard liner mentality.
Raza Feb 02, 2012 01:19pm
I totally agree with you. Part of the problem may be education but by and large we as a nation have no concept of privacy and personal space, and It may stem from the lack of individualism displayed by this society.
M.Usman Zafar Feb 02, 2012 01:28pm
I endorse the comments, given in the video, except one. Peeping into personal life of public is unethical. At her age, those couples would be mature enough.. In this case, media is away from the principles of true "JOURNALISM", rather following "Yellow Journalism". The anchors like Maya Khan, are actors not journalists. Media could be the opinion maker but not the decision maker. Discussion and possible solutions of social issues at show would be a rational approach. Its the media, who should follow media ethics.
Erij Janjua Feb 02, 2012 01:35pm
Maya Khan and the network(Samaa) should be fined for their actions and more important putting it on air for creating such discomforting and unpleasant approach in making a particular point under their non concerning rights in the society. Women and men like these have a tendency of breaking the moral fiber of any society.An example should be made for other media related professionals to know where the limit ends. btw the nicely done !
Abdul Rehman Feb 02, 2012 01:35pm
In My opinion justice is done. What I observe from the video is that the crew that accompanies Maya depicts a group of higher class Aunties, who have taken responsibility to "safeguard" the society(Sarcasm). The manner in which the whole program was shot gives me a very awkward feeling about the same media who have struggled for the freedom of speech. Wait a minute, we are talking of Freedom of Privacy here( Freedom is common). Freedom of privacy is the basic human right which is silently exercised until someone comes and ruins it, exactly what Maya and her "savior" Aunties have done. You rightly pointed out of the fact that our society breeds fundamentalism. Out of the strangest possibility, Maya khan took the same approach sensing since most of the viewers belong from the middle class lot, she would be successfully in turning the heat on all over. Unfortunately for her, She miscalculated about the response. This time it was the liberal voice, using the social networking platform, to protest against Maya and her crew which led her to ultimately resign from TV channel. I agree you saying that the TV Channel's complicity in organizing such a program must have been questioned, as it is impossible for an individual to take such a bold decision without taking consent of its production team and other higher ups concerned.
khurram Feb 02, 2012 01:47pm
It is high time for us to realise the distinction between religion and person liberty. One can not or impose on others what they seem right according to their opinion. Until we draw a line between person freedom and religion we will continue to suffer at the hands of people who will try to impose their interpretations of what is right and what is wrong.
tahir Feb 02, 2012 01:47pm
i think she(maya khan) had done a good job. they should go to their institutions, rather to go to the parks. all this is against of our moral and religion point of view. all specially their parents should know that what is their children are doing
Hasan Mobeen Feb 02, 2012 01:55pm
As a reader I feel that problem is not the approach towards dating couple..Problem is the approach of media to get high ratings only.. For ratings, one channel invited Veena Malik and a Mufti together.. Just for the sake of hot discussions, or we see various shows where real life crimes are re-enacted.. which I feel is totally meaningless.. Same case with Maya Khan show.. Everybody has seen people dating in parks, clubs, rest.. and mostly we do not care about them unless they do something bad in public.. but catching couple on tv show is the most weird scene I have seen in my life.. It was more like the first couple on earth they had caught..But for me it was all because they wanted high ratings, not that they actually wanted to finish public dating or they they had never dated in life... So in my view.. media should be responsible in their programming and see where they r crossing the lines..
Mir Feb 02, 2012 02:19pm
Highly unfortunate for our people to have experienced personalities such as Maya Khan conduct such shows. The argument of morality stays for it is not the media's job to judge people in any way. Yes to make the facts knows and to highlight the issues is good. She should not have put the people on camera... it would be have better if she would have personally gone up to some of them and see if someone amongst them would like to make a public statement with the identity kept secret... so that the root of the matter would have come to the fore. I say Maya Khan... bad work ethics and morals in general. If you say it was for the larger good. It was not executed as such. There are more intelligent ways to inform your audience... with substance and outcome. Sad that you hurt so many for seemingly just good ratings. You are not paying with your reputation questions by so many around the world. I suggest you make a proper apology to the people and repent in a way that shows that you mean it.
Shakeel ur Rehman Feb 02, 2012 02:30pm
Maya Khan, park show was totally out of ethical limits. What she and her upper class aunties show there. this is not the business of Media to interrupt the personal life of a person. Is the Media has gives the license to the SAMA news channel to evolute personal freedom. Our Civil society should put on there there voice on the freedom. There should be an appeal to court to intercept the personal life.
Talaat Feb 02, 2012 02:32pm
Well in media especially Pakistani media there is professionalism and professional ethics because these quackers have no training at all even they do not know how to talk with the guest pronounciation, way of speaking is very low who ever they are, journalists anchors tv programs presenter. They just want money and fame by any means. I strongly feel this is the fault of government who permitted private channels without any standard. There is no criteria to telecast a program, talk show and dramas on tv channels. I will say again we are surronded by quackers they are in their senses and very dangerous for every body if you look at the knowledge point of view so there is saying little knowledge is dangerous it fits all of them.
Jav Feb 02, 2012 02:45pm
Well in my view this is one of the childish mentality anchor i ve ever seen in my life. you are not bound to interfere in someone's personal matter wht they do u r no one to say anything unless they harm someone. Media needs to grow they are behaving like a kids they should be responsible for their acts and deeds.
Mohammad A. Wahab Feb 02, 2012 02:55pm
I am really surprised at the comments recorded so far. No one has tried to defend Maya. Maya who developed herself as an excellent host and anchorperson could not have been independent in choosing a subject. It must either have been the brain child of the think-tanks of the TV Channel or it must have been with the consent of the bosses. So if one wants to blame for the sake of blame, blame the mastermind behind that. And then ponder about what was the aim of the episode? Poor Maya had the objective of exposing and shaming those who bunk their academic classes and hide in to corners of the parks without the knowledge of their parents. Our dear viewers intentionally appear to ignore comments of the families in the same episode who on air said that they could not visit those parks due to the presence of such couples. Wouldn't you stop for a moment and think that can a family avoid using a park because there are couples around? No, absolutely not, there must be associated misconduct involved which forced those comments. Does a married couple do all such things in a Park or they tend to be more careful? So, precisely speaking she was trying to expose those couples who sneak in to such parks and indulge in immoral acts by deceiving their parents and family at the cost of their own reputations. How many flirts after misusing girls marry them? Its no hidden secret. And Maya didn't sneak in to bedrooms that one can charge her infringement on personal basic rights. She only tried to expose profligacy. Ask the parents of such couples and I can bet, everyone will thank Maya for doing social service. Or place yourself at the position of a father, a mother, a brother or a sister, you would yourself act like Maya. Yeah but if you place yourself at the position of a boy or a girl forming such a couple, then of course you would like to enjoy and enjoyment without limit. This is called sheer hypocrisy. By advocating such an unhealthy cause which is likely to pollute our society and forthcoming generation, unintentionally we also want to deceive or misuse girls sneakingly ourselves. So its not the matter of somebody's basic rights, its our own lust which prompts us to stand united against such reformative cause. I request the concerned channel authorities to be brave enough and shut down their channel if they have no courage to stand against immoral critique and not to malign the name of an extremely hard working and talended professional like Maya who deserves all praise.
Nasah (USA) Feb 02, 2012 03:06pm
Maya Khan is a taliban in bangles.
Maaz Pasha Feb 02, 2012 03:27pm
My dera, whats wrong if young couple meet in the park.We are in 21st century. Every house in Pakistan is playing Indian films& dramas, and not forget the Pakistani dramas showing young couple love each other . In any case there's nothing wrong in it . GROW UP man.
Asad Feb 02, 2012 03:43pm
I agree with the content of the show.. I wouldnt like my sister to be on a date with anyone whether park or whatever. There is a fine line between someone privacy and things not considered correct in our religion or culture. Her approach could have been better but she has just been made a scapegoat... All who are saying Maya did wrong may be would like to be their sister's in such a state at such a place...for me its shameful!
zeeshan Feb 02, 2012 04:17pm
I think it is violation of fundamental rights of humans ,it is the against the freedom of human, it should not be permission to any one to do such type activity which done Maya. She should apologize to her attitude.
Insomniac Feb 02, 2012 04:23pm
can understand your sentiments although shouldn't it be your sister who should take that call rather you.... its her life right, and if she is wise enough then perhaps she will know whats good for her... imposing ourselves on others is easy. as regarding qurat's opinion i think this issue has two faces.. better we deal with them separately.
bilal Feb 02, 2012 04:26pm
Wahab I agree with you.You have reflected the sentiments of parents.I think most of the comments against MAYA came from youngsters.
Kashif Feb 02, 2012 05:01pm
I totally agree with all the people who oppose Maya Khan actions, but as for Mr. Mohammad A. Wahab i would just like to say that people like Maya Khan are the real hypocrits. I would just say this in one line that you should do a reality check on Maya Khan and then tell us how much hard work she does for the betterment of the people. Anyways as for the media, i would just say that dont be the judge of everything, you guys dont have the right to be judges.
Faisal Feb 02, 2012 05:35pm
Maya was only trying to improve her programmes rating and so what if she was trying to become the Judge, the Jury and the Executionist.......Oh Poor Poor Maya!!!. How else could she attract so much attention but unfortunately she got more attention then she actually wanted........One things for sure though, atleast we have set a benchmark>
MAC Feb 02, 2012 05:55pm
You say that Wahab reflected the sentiments of parents. Unfortunately that is precisely the problem with many in Pakistan. You donot give importance to the sentiments of your children, only parents/elders have the right to have sentiments. Teach your children properly so they donot go to Parks or other places. How you can imagine the control the feelings of others.
Zoeb Feb 02, 2012 06:12pm
Media policing in its worst form...Well done people for taking up issues like this one...
Farida Feb 02, 2012 06:20pm
It just became a big issue ...She is a great host ...We want her back..We support her
Faheem Feb 02, 2012 06:59pm
Please Maya ! Have the courage to broadcast high-class dance parties and whatever happens there. Do u have any idea that u have posed a direct threat onto the lives of poor kids. On question of their estrangement from School, It is responsibility of teachers and school admin to keep in touch with the parents of the kids and enquire into the issue of absenteeism. Please do not disgrace people. And people who live in the apartments nearby, It seems as if they keep an eye on the park all day long.
shahid Feb 02, 2012 07:03pm
Ah! is there anything called "bad" in this world? are there any limits?
waseem Feb 02, 2012 07:47pm
Not only maya was a great host but she is also a great person who actually cared about her country and touched so many issues that people face in this country. Maya has done so so much for her country that nobody else ever have. God bless you maya for helping so many helpless people in pakistan who cant justice and you made possible
mehar ali Feb 02, 2012 07:55pm
I remember watching a program by Farah Hussain called Morning with Farah where she invited parents of a person who tried to the kill the Danish guy who made the cartoons against the Holy Prophet SAW. There were flower petals on the floor and they were honored for being the parents of such a good Muslim who killed the cartoonist in the name of Islam. Yes the cartoonist was wrong but the way that Pakistani man protested was also wrong. This is not what Islam teaches. I was shocked when the father said that my son loved Islam so much that the next target was the khalifa of the Ahmadis in London. Farah just sat there listening to all this and said nothing I mean our country is already in flames and you are giving honour to a killer's parents like this. Our Prophet SAW suffered so much in Mecca but neither he nor did his sahaaba did anything like this. I don't know what will happen to this intolerant country of ours.I hope the media learns from this Maya khan incident and others like this and act responsibly next time.
rafiq Feb 02, 2012 08:05pm
People are blamming maya based only on one show, what happened to people when she brought justice to a family whos 6 year old daughter was sexually molested and killed and thrown in a gutter, what about she helped girls get married and pay for their marriage expense, pakistan just cant point finger at a women just based on one single small mistake.
Kashif Feb 02, 2012 08:01pm
@Asad - I agree you dont want your sister to be dating in a park but you dont want to see her on tv either, would you? And then all your neighbours and relatives will start talking about her even if she only met someone? No you won't...if your sister or someone' else sister is dating someone (not saying right or wrong), its her family matter. Parents and sibling are suppose to take care of their brothers & sisters. I hope you and other favouring Maya can understand.
Asif Mahmood Feb 02, 2012 08:43pm
Bad conduct is a relative term to individual. Bad conduct for mullahs does not mean it is bad for me. Freedom of expression and right to live peacefully must be protected at any cost no matter what mullah’s religious interpretation says.
adnan Feb 02, 2012 09:29pm
her approach was wrong, she assumed the role of religious police, and this was the problem with Aamir Liaqat too in aalim online!!! thanks God , both got the same treatment..
Kamran Ahmed Feb 02, 2012 09:50pm
@Insomaniac/Kashif Of course it is his/her own/family matter and as a good muslim we should worry about "neighbors and relatives" and not someone else.
Fatima Feb 02, 2012 09:59pm
Asad, you wouldn't want your sister to be on a date? How about yourself? Would you want your sister to decide where you can be and what you can be doing? Those couples were doing nothing wrong sitting on a park bench in broad daylight. Privacy is privacy; it's No One's business. What should be shameful is invading someone's personal space and time without her consent. Let's not decide for everyone what is wrong for them. If a person decides it's okay to sit on a park bench with someone he likes, let him be. Don't be his schoolmaster or mommy. Let live.
Kamran Ahmed Feb 02, 2012 10:01pm
@Maaz There is a lot more to do for the young in the 21st century than meeting in parks. Follow west or Islam, whatever you like, but follow completely.
Kamran Ahmed Feb 02, 2012 10:10pm
A good job that can be done in better way!
Fatima Feb 02, 2012 10:10pm
Sir, there are many unhealthy, polluting activities going on in our society. Two adults sitting on a park bench is definitely not one of them. Today it is intruding on someone's private space in a park, tomorrow it will be Maya Khan intruding on someone's private space inside the house. People do the most harmful things in their self-righteousness. What two adults do is their own business. Not Maya Khan's, not society's, not your's, not mine. Please don't be the moral brigade. Decent, thoughtful people will never do what Maya Khan did or what you suggest should be done to couples on park benches. Decent, thoughtful people will not make a public spectacle of others. Lets have an open mind and allow people to sit on park benches without invading their privacy. Lets be a little more human.
sara Feb 02, 2012 10:11pm
well said Nasah.
Iqbal Feb 02, 2012 10:26pm
Maaz, If everybody is going to jump in the well, would you do the same too? Doing bad things by looking other's bad actions does not make any sense. Being in the 21st century does not mean that we should forget our good traditions.
Kamran Ahmed Feb 02, 2012 10:31pm
This is personal liberty: "You have freedom to drink (alcoholic beverages), but they will catch and fine you for DUI (driving under the influence) :-)
M Feb 02, 2012 11:00pm
And who handed her the responsibility for moral policing of 'kids outside the school'? Irrespective of what she did was right or wrong, it is precisely this self-righteous 'thaikedar' mentality that is plaguing our society. Also, nobody seems to talk about the real failure here, Doesn't parent and schools have a responsibility she is trespassing? On the other hand, nobody is talking about the real issue here... that she is pinpointing failure of these 2 institutions (family & academia)
Hasan Ahmad Feb 02, 2012 11:16pm
We appreciate that she has done good work however, we can not ignore this big blunder over her good deeds. You got to accept that she has done such a big mistake this could cause honored killing and ruin the whole family systems, their family watched their children's faces. So, I than God that it did not happen. In the end, I will say that she should have thought thousands of times before planning this sort of program not conducting. She is such a stigma on the media character. Hasan
Hasan Ahmad Feb 02, 2012 11:20pm
Agree from A to Z
sonia Feb 02, 2012 11:18pm
Every one today looks against her due to only one show. .... No one knew what the theme was... Plus topic is not even new... Why don't we first shut down other shows who have covered the same topic.... Ary news, indus, n a lot more hv done this show. Then y is she targetted.. I want her back...
Wafa Aftab Feb 02, 2012 11:24pm
Interesting to see that you think you should control how your sister lives her life. Exactly the attitude the writer is talking about --- lack of personal freedom. Adults are supposed to be responsible for themselves controlling people through constant disapproval and fear is rather sad and makes for a repressed and frustrated society as ours. I wonder though would you be equally ashamed if your brother was out on a date (I am assuming you wont be a total hypocrite go out with a girl yourself, ever). If not, you, sir, are a hypocrite and enjoy the righteous feeling of being pious by controlling those who have less power than you. I hope your sister does not have to bear the whole heavy load of your "honour".
far Feb 02, 2012 11:30pm
Ha ha next Maya goes on such a spree she should should be on new years night parties in Karachi and basant nights in lahore.....the whole elitist class and politicians will be exposed..!!!
Aliza Feb 02, 2012 11:44pm
she didn't commit a crime against national security for which she should be subjected to such harsh criticism/abuses.The whole media is out to ridicule her for what she did in good faith,considering the activity going on in the public park as unethical and morally unacceptable.Shouldn't we also discuss whether young boys and girls be allowed to use the public places for their objectionable activities without a check on them?Wouldn't such tirade of ridicule against the lady not encourage young boys and girls to continue their activities with impunity?I feel that in our urge to become liberal, we are creating an atmosphere where anything can be done by anyone any where, without caring for the sentiments of others, which is highly objectionable.
Mohammed Feb 02, 2012 11:52pm
Although all aspects have been covered up in the comments thus far, I personally feel that Maya Khan did not damage anybody's privacy because everything was being done in that park (public place). In my opinion, an action that affects the society (+vely/-vely) are not the personal matters rather public.
zia Feb 02, 2012 11:52pm
im really shocked at ure comments wahab...u say what she is doing is right? if she is so self righteous where was her dupatta..and what if that couple was a husband and wife just sitting in the park and having a good time...and what about the maya's own affairs with other men and ive seen her myself drinking openly at a party...what would her parents think...should i take a camera to such a party and then say im concerned abt her parents
Ms.Jamal Feb 02, 2012 11:57pm
We need to realized those parks r public places ...Just wanna ask general public ....can u walk through those parks with this kind of surroundings along with your kids...i live in america everything is open in this country ..after living 22 years i still feel uncomfortable to walk by those places with my kids come on pakistan is an islamic country.....Maya did a great jobs ...these type of privacies should be limited to the bedrooms....we need justice ...someone has to standup on these issues if our government fail to provide a nice environment..Well done Maya Khan keep up the good work
Razzaq Feb 03, 2012 12:18am
Who projects and promotes negative "SCHOOL OF THOUGHTS"? media.Be it Arifa Siddiqui, Lal Masjeed or Raymond Davis.One has only to see how many obscurantists and extremists leaders with no or very little support are regularly invited on TV channels.
Razzaq Feb 03, 2012 12:24am
Very well said.I entirely afree with your views.
Nasir ali Feb 03, 2012 01:57am
Very touchy subject for most of the people. Invasion of privacy, but was there any privacy invaded? For some yes and for some no. yeah the content of the show was good but execution was bad. But this show was not bad to a point where the whole world turn against one women, now if some guy did this show, pakistan would react the same way ?
Ravi Feb 03, 2012 02:30am
Whats wrong if anyone's sister dates someone in the park? Its her life, her will. Why castigate a woman, when its okay for men to do the same?
Mansoor Feb 03, 2012 02:31am
It is not Pakistan it is media
Niaz Betab Feb 03, 2012 03:57am
Rafiq, that was a good task, and no one is ignoring her good side, but the fact is that she has no right to go to parks and does moral policing of couples. And pls if you do something good, don't think that you are free to do bad things too and not to be punished. you are thinking entirely wrong. it is not a small mistake, it is a big mistake, who likes her daughter to be on aired. And she clearly say, has no right, not only she, but no one, has right to intervene in the privacy of the second or third person. Whatever good she did, we appreciate that, but this mistake of her should never be forgiven. Others will do the same, if she is not punished. It is a great news that she is fired with her team.
Ronnie Dsouza Feb 03, 2012 06:39am
You are so correct, ours has become an INTOLERANT SOCIETY and it's rapidly moving in this wrong direction, unless a miracle happens.
Ronnie Dsouza Feb 03, 2012 07:36am
Well said, we are racing rapidly towards INTOLERANCY, but nobody seems to put a stop to it.
Mala Feb 03, 2012 09:06am
Very cheap tactic to gain popularity or as it is said in media lingo " rating". The problem with Pakistan is that everyone wants to mind other peoples business and nobody wants to mind their own business. We are so much worried about others that we forget what's going on in our house. As regards Maya Khan and the park harassment episode, I think it was invasion of privacy and the couples who were interrogated by Maya Khan and her crew should sue Maya and Samaa tv for character defamation and invasion of privacy. We can only prosper as a nation if we mind our own business and forget about what's going on in our neighbors house -/
Tariq Feb 03, 2012 10:29am
Sitting in Public parks, meant for people for healthy activities. where does privacy came when we are outside the boundary wall of our home. Although the manner in which morning shows are conducted are totally wild and seems non-sense. I think MK episode is blown out of proportion.
S. A. M. Feb 03, 2012 10:36am
I see nothing wrong in Maya doing what she did. If somene has don sometng wrong then it should be highlighted and the person should be taught a lesson. The children that are cheating their parents don't care about what will happenif they get to know of their follies do not deserve any sympathy. And I also dont agree with the comment Maya caused insult for the families whose members were found in th park because such activites do not remain hidden for long. Sooner or later people includng th familiesget to kno of the activites that their children/family members are involved in. I would definitel say that Maya did a good job because the dating couples may rethink many times that "may b somebody is watching them perhaps filming as well." We need more people like Maya and to Maya dont get discourged u must bounce back.
saadia Feb 03, 2012 10:47am
Being a great host doesnt allow you to rob someone's privacy and showing some's private life on camera. Who gave her this autority. If you would have been the vistim you would have never supported her. And most distubingly who all are doing it ??? as if they have never done such thing in the past. it was Simply a cheap way of getting popularity and trying to be miss or mr clean. Absolutely shameful act by the whole team.
sm roofi Feb 03, 2012 11:41am
your ideas and perceptions are good.
Jamil Feb 03, 2012 11:49am
Do you think your sister can only date in park,?
Khalid Yousuf Feb 03, 2012 12:21pm
Bisma Khan Feb 03, 2012 12:24pm
With power comes great responsibility. she shud hve understood the repercussions of airing a program of such nature. an example has been set for all other anchors, if u cross the line, u will be in trouble!
Space Time Feb 03, 2012 12:46pm
PLEASEEEEEEE, Ms.Jamal if you have such conservative mind set return to Pakistan and live among talibanized Maya Khan. Its easy to be a conservative from USA when you have the CHOICE to be a conservative or not. Here in Pakistan Talibanism is being pushed down our throats. Great job everyone who signed the petition to get Maya fired (I signed it too). Time to take back the country from these self appointed Khudai Faujdars
Muhammad Tahir Jamal Feb 03, 2012 12:54pm
Jazakallah Khair
Imran Feb 03, 2012 01:29pm
Crimes......? What crimes?
Imran Feb 03, 2012 01:57pm
Attraction between man and woman is as old as the human race itself. Trying to suppress this is like trying to suppress hunger or thirst i.e. natural urges. At least these middle-class couples had somehwere to go to meet. This episode will create problems for these youngsters but will it stop them meeting? Never. Whether its Changez Khan or Maya Khan, you cannot suppress nature.
Sajid Feb 03, 2012 02:43pm
well matter is not what has been done or shown.. the reality is , who is doing it, as if maya is an angel. please watchout the videos of maya khan on youtube you will come to know that these guys sitting in parks were not even doing 5% of what she has been doing. This whole team should be banned.
Usman Feb 03, 2012 02:44pm
Those who think she "invaded the privacy" please tell me, what privacy? People doing immoral activities in the park which is a public left their privacy at home. She didn't barge into their homes. It is a public place for families not for desperate people for their immoral activities. Those who think whatever happens in such parks is totally okay then ask yourself would you go there with your children or parents? NO! if you have a little decency left in yourself you wouldn't. Let me mention one more thing here, I am a hobbyist photographer. A week before this show aired, I went to the park to photograph the famous monument located within the boundaries of this park. And the guards at the gate did not allow me to shoot and said its "not allowed" here, not to mention their rude behavior. I asked myself, they are okay with all those immoral & unethical activities going on in the park but they have problems with photography? What kind of society are we living in? In my opinion Maya did the right thing and I think she should do the same at other places... you know where I'm pointing!
tipu Feb 03, 2012 02:48pm
Maya jee, please see in the mirror if possible after the youtube videos have revealed your privacy. how are you feeling now ??? who is better placed now?? you or those poor girls & boys you filmed.
ejaz Feb 03, 2012 03:51pm
everybody is ridiculing media. Why couldn't the couple dating faced the MK bravely? challenging her of invading their privacy if they actually thought it was there right? I fully agree with you on the point that no one has right to ask someone to hold back their natual urges beucase it is against their personal freedom. But if this is the case, the so called victim should stand up for it and instead of shying away from camera, should face it boldy and ask them to mind their own language!
Mohammad A. Wahab Feb 03, 2012 03:53pm
The best thing Maya has done in my opinion is that she has caused to generate a discussion and thats the essence of a healthy society where people should air their views freely without pointing fingers and without being intolerant of others' opinion. Thats a good sign and for that hats off to QuratulAin Siddiqui whose effort generated this debate. Well everyone has the right to have an opinion and all civilized societies must respect difference of opinion. Only a piece of advice to my country mates, please keep your commitment to the country supreme. Just try to analyse coolly what has been commented on by Aliza. Of course there shouldn't be any restriction on personal liberty but where personal liberty infringes on others' liberty, it becomes an offence. Following my earlier comments and understanding the emotions of younger lot, I would say only one thing that if we have a heart to allow our own sisters to roam around with their lovers in Parks as is the Subject under discussion, then no problem, we will be ethically correct in taking the liberty of roaming with others' sisters. What Maya represented was a school of thought supported by majority of country because we are followers of Islam and still want to retain that identity.
James Feb 03, 2012 07:26pm
I live in UK and heard from my friends about the whole episode and after a few bits of research, find it very strange: - People actually believe that Maya has done the right thing. I can bet 99% men who favour her have themselves done similar things but now are trying to be to be "ghairat kay alambardar". - It was shocking for me to see Maya herself dancing on TV. And although I have nothing against that, what was embarassing was that this is someone who talks of morality and was dancing on an Indian song in front of a Maulana who was tryng to look away out of respect. - Maya may have helped a lot of helpless people but I was surprised for example that she and her team were daft enough to get the guy with religious writings appearing on his back who was later proven to be fraud and arrested. Come one people!!! - some Pakistanis despite their corrupt leadership, rampant extremism and economic still believe that they know better about everything particularly religion and morality more than anybody. Please, it is time to open your eyes as well as mind. Look at countries like Malaysia, Indonesia and Turkey (they may have their own problems too but nothing compared to Pakistan).
Tariq Feb 04, 2012 02:24pm
I genuinly thinks if couples who are some how related to each other in any mind being seen in sitting in public places or even at camera. Definitely, only people who lie their parents about their activities specially teenagers. Criticism is always welcome and healthy sign, with firing anchor for this is extreme step. We Pakistanis are still eastern societies, where things are not as even as in west. social issues show be highlighted, but their should some manner in which people sentiments shouldn't hurt.
Adeen Syed Feb 04, 2012 02:41pm
i just can't understand what she exactly wanted to do...??to ruin the lives of poor boys and girls or to increase the TRP of her channel...who has given her the right to expose the personal lives of people in front of whole country...
Adeen Syed Feb 04, 2012 02:53pm
i think not only maya khan is responsible for such unethical shows but also her channel.
rashed Feb 05, 2012 09:32am
but what about the humaliation ,what she have done in front of camera. she and her team is not clean too, then who give them right to be LAL MASJID BRIGADE? this was just a game of TRP, which goes nasty.
Glenn Ryall Feb 06, 2012 04:10pm
Minding your own business in Pakistan is something out of the question.
imran siddiqui Apr 23, 2012 03:03pm
well, its absolutely COMMENDABLE that Maya Khan highlighted the issue which is really being penetrating in the young's mind. I think Marya deserves to be praised for such step of social responsibility. Regards Imran Siddiqui
Temur Apr 23, 2012 08:06pm
Maya you rock... Love you
Nadia Naeem May 08, 2012 12:16am
how is a public park a private place?
Nadia Naeem May 08, 2012 12:18am
its not okay for men either, but men have made it okay for themselves....