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"The recent Maya Khan episode suggests that absolutely nothing has been learned by the channels and nor are they willing to learn."

Last week a video clip of a morning show hosted by one Maya Khan on a local TV channel began doing the rounds. The clip shows Ms. Khan with a posse of assorted thirty-something women and a cameraman raiding a famous public park of Karachi and prowling the lush vicinity looking for young unmarried couples.

The idea was to confront ‘wayward’ young women and embarrass them for ‘betraying their parents’ trust’.

The very next day another video clip showing the same Maya Khan bouncing off the walls on TV via a dance routine that can at best be explained as a hefty personification of a rhythmic earthquake, appeared.

This thus perfectly capped the volatile moral state of Pakistan’s urban bourgeoisie that, especially in the last 15 years or so, have managed to grow two heads on a single body – one spouting loud moralistic clichés while the other animatedly bopping up and down and sideways to the tune of assorted Bollywood masala numbers, as if totally oblivious about what the other head was harping about.

This also affirms the fact that contrary to popular perception, the ‘Islamization’ wave that began cutting through and across Pakistan from the 1980s onwards had little to do with the uneducated and the have-nots.

It was always and still is a phenomenon that is largely associated with the country’s urban middle and trader classes.

In the 1980s, a number of Islamist outfits had already made in-roads in the politics and sociology of Pakistan by riding on the Ziaul Haq’s Islamisation process.

But as most of them were highly militant and eventually got themselves ‘strategically’ linked with certain sections of the radicalised military institutions, it were the evangelical movements that managed to reap the most success within the country’s social and cultural milieu.

The largest of them was also the oldest. The ranks of the Tableeghi Jamat (TJ), a highly ritualistic Deobandi Islamic evangelical movement, swelled. But since the TJ was more a collection of working-class and petty-bourgeoisie cohorts and fellow travellers, newer evangelical outfits emerged with the idea of almost exclusively catering to the growing ‘born again’ trend being witnessed in the county’s middle and upper-middle classes in the 1990s. Three of the most prominent organisations in this context were Farhat Hashmi’s Al-Huda, Zakir Naik’s ‘Islamic Research Foundation’ and Babar R. Chaudhry’s Arrahman Araheem (AA).

Naik, Hashmi and Chaudhry were all constructing feel-good narratives and apologias for the educated urbanites so that these urbanites could feel at home with religious ritualism, myth, attire and rhetoric while at the same time continue to enjoy the fruits of amoral modern materialism and frequent interaction with (Western and Indian) cultures that were otherwise described as being ‘anti-Islam.’

Of course, the whole question of such narratives smacking of contradiction went out the window as young middle-class Pakistanis admiringly saw pop and cricketing stars ‘rediscovering God’ with the help of the mentioned organizations - but not without the things that kept them materially satisfied (corporate contracts, modern fashion businesses, music products, etc).

Such contractions and their patrons were largely passive in orientation, but with the emergence of 24/7 electronic media in the last decade, they became more visible and evangelical and a lot more ‘popular’ – a happening that went down well with the cynical ratings-hungry TV channels.

What’s more, the trend in this respect is now no more the sole domain of the trendy 'born-agains'.

One can even see decked-up film and TV actors and actresses, pop stars, morning show hosts and even chefs on cooking shows completely bypassing the irony and absurdity of them spouting the almost obligatory sentence or two about the need for piety and good morals in society.

Not that their respective passions and professions are immoral, but they are certainly not in step with the kind of pious spiritual alignments habitually advocated by these men and women and that too, smack-dab in the middle of topics and scenarios that have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with religion.

Pussycat vigilantism: A brief history

This strange phenomenon is not just about simple hypocrisy, it is also and actually about glorifying this hypocrisy through gung-ho acts in which pussycat media vigilantes prey upon soft targets to exhibit their ‘bravery’ but squeak away if ever an opportunity arises to do the same to those who can and will bite back.

Since when have so-called ‘educated’ and affluent urbanites become moral crusaders? Is this a new phenomenon

encouraged by a ratings-hungry and vindictive private electronic media that is reflecting the contradiction-laden acts of morality being flexed by the country’s urban middle-classes; or is there more to what meets the immediate eye? A quick research on the matter suggests that nothing of the sort was ever reported in Pakistan till about 1979. I mention this year because after going through newspapers of yore, the first reported case of moral vigilantism that I stumbled upon was mentioned in an issue of Dawn of 1980.

The report is about groups of youth carrying sticks and bricks, moving into streets of some of Karachi’s areas, randomly knocking on the doors of houses and ‘ordering’ the male occupants of the houses to come with them to the mosque to say their prayers.

According to Rauf Talib, a former chief reporter of Urdu dailies Imroz and then Aman, most of such groups became active between 1978 and 1980 after the reactionary Ziaul Haq dictatorship decided to form ‘Salat Committees’ whose job it was to enforce compulsory prayers (in mosques) upon the men; and (during Ramazan), punish those found eating or smoking in public.

Talib said that when these committees propped up, most Pakistanis did not even know the meaning of ‘Salat’ – the Arab word for the Urdu word ‘namaz.’

Interestingly, reports about the committees simply evaporate in newspapers after 1982, but news items about how groups of moral vigilantes publically punished supposed offenders of Ramazan’s ‘decorum and spirit’ increase between 1981 and 1985.

The punishments usually included beating the offender with shoes and sticks but there were at least two reports (one in Dawn and the other in Jang) where the accused (men caught eating during Ramazan), were first beaten and then tied to lampposts, with a garland of shoes hung around their necks!

Talib suggests that the idea of forming Salat Committees by the government was soon shelved when the people of some areas where the committees were active, reacted to the constant and unwelcome knocking by strangers on the doors of their houses, ended up scuffling with the committee members.

But who were these people who ran the committees?

‘Young Jamat-i-Islami members,’ says Asghar Waris Ali, a lecturer at a local government college in Karachi. ‘It was them and some high school kids from various government schools.’

Asghar says that the organisers of the committees were usually university students belonging to religious and pro-Zia student organisations working closely with the head molvies of the areas’ mosques.

‘They were a huge failure,’ Mr. Ashgar said.

What about those who were going around punishing people caught eating or smoking during Ramazan?

‘Yes, that became common in those days as well,’ Mr. Ashgar explained. ‘I don’t know exactly who was doing that, but such behaviour was being encouraged by the government as well as by the police,’ he added.

The ‘encouragement’ that Mr. Asghar was talking about triggered two tendencies in this respect, one saw the overenthusiastic displays of moral policing by certain religiously-inclined civilians and media outlets and the other was the more cynical trend amongst many policemen who began to exploit the carelessly defined moral edicts of the Zia dictatorship to actually extort money from the public.

For example by the late 1980s groups of conservative middle-class youth calling themselves the ‘Allah Tigers’ emerged. Between 1989 and 1995, they became infamous for ‘raiding’ hotels and social clubs during New Years Eves and harassing and attacking ‘obscene women’ and ‘drunkards’ there.

Then throughout the 1980s, newspapers (especially English dailies and monthlies) are full of reports about policemen stopping couples in cars and on bikes and asking for their marriage certificates (nikanamah).

Farah Nawaz who was an active member of a women’s rights group during that period and now runs a small education-related NGO in Karachi, says that in their greed to extort money, the cops did not even spare old couples.

Farah said: ‘There was an incident at Karachi’s Sea View area in, I think 1987, where a son who was driving his old mother to her sister’s place in a rickety car. He was stopped by two cops and asked to first explain his relationship with his mother and then prove that she was his mother and not a prostitute! He got enraged and began beating up the cops who could not retaliate because a mob had gathered. So they ran away.’

Until about the late 1980s and early 1990s, the growing cases of moral policing and harassment largely involved conservative urban men coming from lower-middleclass backgrounds (the petty-bourgeoisie) or among the youth from nouveau-riche families who’d gotten rich during the Zia regime.

I returned to Rauf Talib to ask him when did these tendencies of moral policing by certain sections of the society and the police become entangled with the ways of the media?

He said that during the Zia regime the private media (mainly newspapers and magazines) did not play any major role to encourage or advocate his politics of morality.

He explained: ‘I think only Jasarat (Urdu daily sympathetic to the Jamat-i-Islami) paid any heed to highlighting the supposed areas of immorality in society,  but all the major Urdu and English papers and magazines actually spend more effort in castigating the actions of those who were harassing people in the name of faith.’

‘But, he continued, ‘it was very tough for a lot us who were journalists in those days to criticise the regime. It was a time when journalists and students were being flogged, whereas known drug barons were being patronised by the regime and young men were openly harassing defenseless men and women in the name of safeguarding Islamic morals.’

Most journalists that I talked to pointed at the famous/infamous Urdu magazine Takbeer as the media organ that ‘pioneered’ the idea of turning civilian moral vigilantism into a successful media ploy.

Though a right-wing political magazine, Takbeer also became famous for publishing social ‘exposés’ in which it printed photographs and reports of men and women drinking alcohol and dancing, and couples caught dating in certain public places such as parks, cinemas and restaurants.

When Takbeer became a hit with readers, many other Urdu dailies and magazines began forming their own moral raid brigades.

Misbah Junaid a former assistant editor of an Urdu daily (now settled in Australia) points out that (in the 1990s) those journalists who would be involved in moral policing were largely conservative men who would dress in simple kameez-shalwar and more often than not have beards.

‘Yes they were from urban areas and middle-class, but they stood out because they looked conservative,’ Misbah wrote to me.

Then Misbah went on to make an interesting point: ‘The moral vigilantism by civilians and certain journalists that was encouraged by Zia (1980s) and then by rags such as Jasarat and Takbeer (1990s), introduced a form of activistic journalism among certain media personnel who did not exactly come from conservative backgrounds but realised that this kind of journalism can advance their careers faster in a society riddled with moralistic and ideological confusions.’

If so, then I guess couple this with the kind of glorification our society and state continues to provide to empty ideological and moralistic jingoism and the ready apologists a hate-monger or a quasi-fascist finger-wager is likely to bag, journalists and their bosses (especially in private TV channels), cynically (and greedily) envision Pakistanis to be a society that is always ready to applaud sensationalist exposés about someone’s morals failings but would remain ignorant (or mum) about the greater forms of indecency, amorality, greed and carelessness that usually accompanies such self-righteous media-backed behaviour.

In the last ten years we have seen how cynical, ratings-hungry televangelists have gone on to actually instigate violence against opposing sects and religions; how conspiratorial nuts and their robotic dodders have infused a rebellion against reason and rationalism amongst venerable, confused and  highly impressionable sections of the youth; how careless, loud and attention-seeking blurting from anchors have fuelled the fires of hatred in those who believe that murdering a supposed blasphemer is actually a good deed.

Most of these men and women and the channels they are or were part of have come under criticism from the more concerned sections of the society, but the recent Maya Khan episode suggests that absolutely nothing has been learned by the channels and nor are they willing to learn.

So what if it was due to a televangelist that four Ahmedis were murdered in Lahore; so what if a reactionary doll’s fist-pumping on TV against former Punjab Governor’s stand on the Blasphemy Law most likely led a fanatic to shoot the Governor in cold blood; and so what if a hefty morning show hostesses’ exposure of young women (who are not as affluent as she is nor willing to dance on TV like a walrus on amphetamines), puts their lives and reputations in danger in a highly chauvinistic male oriented society.

The show must go on because such irresponsible, hypocritical and self-righteous nonsense can bag something for the channels that may actually rank above God’s blessings and promises of paradise: i.e. high ratings.

The writer is a cultural critic and senior columnist for Dawn Newspaper and

Comments (78) Closed

Mobashir Jan 23, 2012 05:53pm
An excellent & factual article. Will the society ever realize the truth & refrain from hypocrisy? Thanks Nadeem Paracha.
Sid Jan 23, 2012 06:13pm
Seriously? Absolutely pathetic. Please go back to the dark ages and stay there. Good work Mr Paracha.
Ghouri Jan 23, 2012 06:12pm
I'm speechless. You've captured the history of such moral madness well.
S. Qureshi Jan 23, 2012 06:12pm
Bravo!! You hit the bullseye. What an observation. Nadeem F. Paracha perfect 10. Superb selection of it. Please write a book on the would be millionaire.
G.A. Jan 23, 2012 06:44pm
I suppose people like Maya Khan do not understand the meaning of the word 'hypocrite'. Looks like the last laugh is on her. Thank you dawn for putting this in print.
mr akhter Jan 23, 2012 06:53pm
Excellent article on the hypocracy of pakistani society today. I Hope and pray more people speak up against the fanatical nonsense so called guardians of Islam spew on tv/print media and public forums.
sarim Jan 23, 2012 06:57pm
Enter your name... Jan 23, 2012 07:11pm
Sir, you have broken all bounds to cover this topic in the most politically-incorrect fashion. I deify this read for being the best one so far on the Maya Khan sensationalism.
Pinky Jan 23, 2012 07:26pm
apparently she believes that she is absolutely right, her sneers suggest that she is not going to apologize..
Binte Rizvi Jan 23, 2012 08:03pm
Excellent! Just today i was watching a cooking show and Shireen Anwar, who i love for her food, spoke about dua and juma for 5 mins. I vented in frustration to my husband that i fail to understand why religion has to be brought into a cooking show?! WHY? Ok, you can mention ayat's about food n it's benefits, that makes sense to an extent, but preaching religion on a cooking show is NOT the reason why i tune into masala, zauq and zaiqa!! ENTERTAINMENT ppl!!!!!! dont lose focus
Binte Rizvi Jan 23, 2012 08:04pm
Excellent! Just today i was watching a cooking show and Shireen Anwar, who i love for her food, did dua and narrated the benefits of juma for 5 mins. I vented in frustration to my husband that i fail to understand why religion has to be brought into a cooking show?! WHY? Ok, you can mention ayat's about food n it's benefits, that makes sense to an extent, but preaching religion on a cooking show is NOT the reason why i tune into masala, zauq and zaiqa!! ENTERTAINMENT ppl!!!!!! dont lose focus
ali Jan 23, 2012 08:31pm
just watched a clip from this show a very pathetic attempt - good wirting
Ammad Jan 23, 2012 08:42pm
Cowasjee wrote an article on the fate on this nation almost a year ago which I found very interesting and then today is another day. Excellent write and right on the mark. Kudos Mr. Paracha. Keep up the good work.
HASSAN Jan 23, 2012 08:50pm
an absolutely peach of an article. congratulations Mr. Nadeem Paracha, u have actually exposed the hypocritical nature of our nation. if we really want to bring any moral change, we have to first correct ourselves. only lip service is not required, such tableegh or preaching is required from one's own side, to blame others is really easy. In short, a really good brief article. do come up with more in the future.
mohammed khanzada Jan 23, 2012 08:52pm
another useless article. I do not see the point of this article, we knew about that forever. Where is the practical, real solution. Complains Complains Complains. waste of time.
RH Jan 23, 2012 09:13pm
Right on cue NFP! I had a gut feeling that you would be unable to resist the temptation to right about these vigilantes but kudos to you for giving us such a detailed account
JPositive Jan 23, 2012 09:24pm
Great job NFP!! You always take us through the "how Pakistan became zombi-stan" journey. I wish you could write in Urdu media too (and somehow get published!) but it is better to keep yourself safe too.
R A Khan Jan 23, 2012 09:37pm
The second last paragraph is indeed thought provoking and it deeply touched my soul. Innocent people lost precious life just by the ignition, caused by these so called WISE(sic) tv anchors.
doc Jan 23, 2012 10:03pm
excellent NFP! this is true because alot of people i know indulge in this moral policing,,esp men...and what is laughable is that they do it even though they indulge in affairs,drinking etc and the whole world,,knows about their secret lives:/
Baloch Jan 23, 2012 10:32pm
Simply briliant by NFP.. We 'ALL' should raise our voices against these televangelists and pseudo-liberals invading people's private lives. We should have the moral courage to say this openly without the fear of the so-called 'thekedars'(contractors) of our religion and society.
SiegeF Jan 23, 2012 11:05pm
I have been a great fan of Paracha's writing.To me,he writes spot on and I respect the man for that.As far as that video is concerned,I must admit that after watching the clipping I realized exactly how uncivilized our society is.Bound to never watch that show again.Yes,my mistake I used to.Much appreciated Mr Paracha for the details you have provided.
Haider Jan 23, 2012 11:23pm
May Allah guide us on the right path. Condoning imorality in thename of human rights is not a correct approach neither is the exposure of any persons flaws acceptable. A balanced midle course is recomended.
Haris Jan 23, 2012 11:43pm
Maya's act was totally illegal and unethical and should be condemned. On side note; I don't think IRF (Zakir Naik) exist in Pakistan, it is in India
n.qureshi Jan 24, 2012 12:29am
shame on the media,they should act more carefully.the problem the country is facing economic not moral issues.
adnan Jan 24, 2012 12:42am
Great work sir, keep doing it so that these fanatics may adopt some sense.
Tanzeel Jan 24, 2012 02:19am
I thought people belong to certain sect & geography promote extremist values, never knew the nation has actually turned a blind eye towards chirping ladies systematically populating entire generation's minds of course in the name of Islam.
Ferhad Jan 24, 2012 03:20am
Very well written sir,you truly expose the ignorant TV channels.
hassan ali rana Jan 24, 2012 04:11am
well written article. Miss maya khan need to get some life and learn some better dances please...!
Xaheer Akhtar Jan 24, 2012 05:16am
BIG Fan...
jd shami Jan 24, 2012 05:55am
Mr. Paracha: Why do not you grow up and come out of 1980's.
Muhammad Abdullah Jan 24, 2012 07:31am
You can go to Pemra's website and write a complaint for this program. Contribute by actions not by comments, if you really care
Sam Ahsan Jan 24, 2012 07:50am
Excellent article.....a perfect 10. Please publish this in urdu newspapers. Keep it up. !!!!!
Dixit Jan 24, 2012 09:51am
Hypocrisy is more dangerous than anything else. You can prepare yourself to fight a wolf but what shall you do when it comes in sheeps cloths.
Aadil Jadoon Jan 24, 2012 09:56am
The bipolar nature of the Pakistani pseudo-liberal. It was really shocking by looking at how a female TV host and a mob of upper class women chase young couples caught dating in a park. Appalling mob mentality of the ruling elites. These are not the mullahs, but the supposed liberal intelligentsia
Naveed Buzdar Jan 24, 2012 10:22am
Great. we need to discourage these elements to interfere somenone's personal life. There is no one who can challenge this corporate media and they are free whatever they want to do. Is this the freedom of expression that we have dream of.
jamil Jan 24, 2012 10:34am
Read such a marvelous piece of print journalism, Excellent work Nadeem, setting the direction right ...
Sh Jan 24, 2012 10:35am
Excellent article NFP... there is absolutely no hope as far as Pakistani media is concerned.... Maya Khan and her crew should seek public apology for harassing people... and now where is our free judiciary?? why don't they take suo motto notice of this brutal act by the media... They are not supposed to show anyone's face on TV before asking their permission... Media has no work ethics
Abid Malik Jan 24, 2012 10:50am
This was pathetic and total counter productive. I think this approach of capturing scene is pathetic and taints people life for good. This could be an act of innocence at young age.
mozi Jan 24, 2012 10:53am
well i think life is freedom . live ur own life dnt interfere in others interests . this will create harmony .
farhan Jan 24, 2012 11:14am
u should really write a book about these stuff!! U r a legend in ur own rite ;)
jd shami Jan 24, 2012 11:34am
Get out of 80's and please grow up.
Usman Jan 24, 2012 11:40am
"hefty personification of rhythmic earthqauke".... hahaha i loved that ;)
pirah Jan 24, 2012 11:46am
Good article...... NFP when are you going to write a book?
Qamer Siddiqui Jan 24, 2012 12:59pm
Well .... Probably we all and for sure that “all” includes me too , are giving the support SAMAA wants, let it be positive or negative , they need publicity . People like me who don’t bother to sacrifice their sleep for these sort of shows will come up with the curiosity to watch what bad is MAYA doing. Any ways I totally agree that’s it’s a kind-of unethical to destroy the privacy of the couple ( and for sure their respect in the society) but I would rather rate it an inch up of the talk shows most of us are almost addicted of watching in the eve regarding politics. If the law of a country do not have an issue with couples hanging around in parks ( I wont coin the word DATING) then producers of these morning shows should tilt their radars to other problems our society is involved it. I don’t know whether any member associated with morning shows would bother to read me , I would request you to “lets try to figure out the problems such as : Public transport: Drug Cartel : Street Mobbing and other things we need to address and come up with a solution”
youth of Pakistan Jan 24, 2012 01:01pm
Our media has become news hungry and violent they want us to start our mornings with these type of silly morning shows where these tv host claims to be the most clean person and hold the right to comment on whole nation, and end our day by wasting our time watching the political drama of every news channel every one there try to prove himself a pseudo-intellectual who at the end of the day comes out with nothing but adding more tension on our minds.....................I just hate these good for nothing news channels
M. R@fique Zakaria Jan 24, 2012 01:49pm
Allow me to share my experience of what I saw on my television screen last week. Maya Khan was in a police station interviewing a girl who was a victim of gang rape. She was asking dirty and stupid questions like How did they start raping you? What did they do first? etc. Sick idea of getting quick popularity... Isn't it? Unfortuately, I was watching this program with my children around and had to shut the tv for sometime. Why media is bent upon interfering and poking its nose into private affairs of people. There are other ways and means to preach good things.It is high time Media controls its horses! M. R@fique Zakaria Karachi.
Uza Syed Jan 24, 2012 01:58pm
It's time that all such encroachments be resisted by the society---enough is enough. Paracha---you are doing a great job----just keep on exposing all these fake moralists.
Nawab Ali Quadri Jan 24, 2012 02:35pm
I think Maya khan is required to evaluate the root cause of such cases and disclose in her morning show.I think media is responsible of damaging the society.
Albert Khan Jan 24, 2012 02:46pm
PEMRA Complaint site, this has to stop, for how long the moderates are going to watch while the religious police gains its ground.
imran Jan 24, 2012 03:37pm
She needs to be given some good ideas as to how she can improve the ratings of her show. I have personally not seen any stuff yet saw clips over the net. Samaa TV can be sued for un necessary interference in one's privacy.
A.K Jan 24, 2012 03:48pm
Very well describe the history..............Maya Khan you done even know what you have done... just think of those girls who were with there loved ones in that park in case if they commit suicide in fear of there parents and public who will be the responsible for it?
saqib and Awais Jan 24, 2012 04:23pm
Maya khan u did some things exceptionally praiseworthy. To commit suicide is better than what these girls and guys were doing in those parks. its not only cheating and playing with the trust of their parents but also against our ethos, values and religious beliefs.
Sajjad Jan 24, 2012 04:32pm
80's was a great time if you compare it with this. It was liberal. Imagine, if Nazia Hassan were singing today, these self moral police people would have crictised them to death.
Sid Jan 24, 2012 04:33pm
Pure hypocricy, I think Maya and the her crew (producers, camera men etc.)should be fired for their attempt to gain ratings, I think its a violation of civil rights, and they should be prosecuted and sent to jail. I know it is immoral in an Islamic country to be dating, but lets acccept the fact, we all know how these women get into showbiz.
Nasir Jan 24, 2012 05:06pm
Shame on Maya and team. Shame on the Segment of Media. In your programs you use double meaning words. Its just a drama. I wish i would have been there in the park to these people that This is violation of human rights, public freedom and personal matters. We must condemn this act of Maya and Sama TV.
pakistankiqasam Jan 24, 2012 05:28pm
your feelings for orthodox muslims are evident and not secret, at the same time you call 'qadianis', 'ahmadi'. does that suggests something......... whats your agenda? in a nutshell, you dont have to be so discreet mr. paracha.
mohsin Jan 24, 2012 05:32pm
sectarian based article :( 1st side: Maya khan 2nd side: paracha summary: both sides are wrong, take a middle way
Ajit Jan 24, 2012 05:45pm
I am from india and this video of maya khan enraged me to such an extent that i am compelled to write my opinion for the first time in the dawn. First i would like to thank DAWN that you as a voice of reason is still there in pakistan. This moral policing is not common to your country only as it is evident by the exclusion of Salman Rushdie from Jaipur literature festival. This kind of evangelism should be stopped.
Hammad Jan 24, 2012 05:57pm
NFP's greatest talent is that he is capable of linking even a random seismic movement on the moon with Zia's regime.
sairah Jan 24, 2012 06:40pm
i really feel sorry for the poor and mentality of the director,producer,maya khan and all those women chanting morality.......look at urself before pointing fingers at others........SHAME ON THIS CHANNEL u have nothing better to show except this harrasment and evesdropping on others privacy?who are you to hold othrs accountable?who gave u the right to peep into private life of public?this is undue use of media......
Javed Ikram Sheikh Jan 24, 2012 06:54pm
That was just blackmailing and harrassment. I must rate this episode as extremely bogus and uncivilized form of journalism.
mansoor Jan 24, 2012 07:14pm
Well said.It was shambolic the way she was going round picking up on vulnerable youth.
Saadia Mirza Jan 24, 2012 07:22pm
First of all, the writing of this author do not qualify as journalism. The fact that Dawn has employed him as a regular contributor to their paper does not say much about the standard of DAWN.
Adil Imran Jan 24, 2012 07:56pm
good analyses. we should learn from the past experiences but we always don't. We are muslim but Islam cannot be imposed to someone.
Abdul-Razak Edhy Jan 24, 2012 08:00pm
Courageous Nadeem F Piracha invokes people to ponder on a sensitive issue with a long vivid back ground. Shall we Pakistani learn Humanity and learn to see things in broader perspective?
burhan Jan 24, 2012 08:51pm
it is funny that Ms Khan would come up on national TV and harass these kids while her channel during the same show on commercial breaks promoting dating in phone commercials ? and where lies the Moral .i think she owes an apology to her viewers.
Akram Jan 24, 2012 08:58pm
You got Grow up now to go back to 80's. We are now growing down and not growing up.
Salman Ali Khan Jan 24, 2012 09:35pm
Salman Ali Khan Jan 24, 2012 09:45pm
I didn't get it... Journalism or whatever the heck you all ppl do... My point is that, Maya Khan is free to do whatever she wants, for the sack publicity, same as NFP who has always criticized Zia Regime, and like those ppl in the parks..... So what is the problem Everyone should be Happy.... We are free!
Alex Jan 24, 2012 11:20pm
Stop repeating yourself. 80s, Zia or ZA Bhutto. Can we have some other topic to talk about??
Usman Ghani. Jan 24, 2012 11:46pm
Brilliant piece. Please somebody, tell these self righteous anchors what Television is all about. There have been so many cases where these anchors have come up with stories that have latter proved to be baseless and a bunch of lies. A program done by the same anchor Maya on a person who had claimed that Islamic verses appeared on his body was latter found to be scumbag. Why don't the editorial and production staff look into things in a better way. Maya is pathetic and senseless person.
aa Jan 25, 2012 05:37am
Amir Liaquat, Meher Bokhari, Samaa TV
Akbar Jan 25, 2012 01:38pm
You said it all... :)
saad bin hammad Jan 25, 2012 02:22pm
Maya khan.... u should be ashamed of yourself..... what are u trying to prove???? TV Channels should ban such morning show hosts desperate for cheap rating.....
Azboy Jan 25, 2012 05:08pm
Yes, Ms. Maya did it for cheap publicity, and especially at the cost of the young females who could have been "caught" off camera and counselled of the dangers of such acts to women. No, i am not sad for the kids who were actually "dating" at parks, without the consent, or even knowledge of their parents. I have no sympathy for them. Worst part of the article and the comments that follow is that no one deems it important to condemn the act of "dating" itself. Maybe because doing so would make them seem "uncool" or "backward". Hey parents, do you really know where your sons and daughters are right now? Think about it and do your own policing.
Saadia MIrza Jan 25, 2012 07:51pm comment has been changed (HUGE violation of basic law of reporting!!) I had dared to criticize N.Piracha's amateur ramblings. I had said that he is like a high school kid using a thesaurus but lacking knowledge of what the content standard for a reputable paper like Dawn should be. For those of us who have grown up reading and trusting Dawn it has come as a shock that Dawn would impeach on the basic right of it's readers and alter our comments. This is a crime and an outrage!!
Alysa Jan 31, 2012 03:45pm
Every article written by NFP somehow finds its link to the Zia regime. We are now convinced that the regime was a dark period in the political history of Pakistan but every problem cannot be linked to it just like every conspiracy is not a Jewish propaganda. How long will it take the leading English daily of Pakistan to realize that every article that he submits is actually the copy of the first one that he wrote at one point in the past.
Naseem Jan 31, 2012 11:19pm
Yes , But NFP is right to link every ill to the Zia Regime ....what the extremism we are facing today is directly linked to Zia regime -The darkest Regime. I think we have only few good Journalists in Pakistan who are right to link the going ills to the Zia Period....The more extremism will continue more we will condemn Zia regime in order to know that how Secular phenomenon is good for our country........