Pakistani media has always been through many difficult times since the inception of country. Whether they are draconian laws by military regimes or the demands of ban and from the various religious and political faction of society
Pakistan news media, television and films often comes under the scissors of censors of which recent example is the orders to ban on-aired drama serial Jalan on ARY Digital by Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) under section 27 of PEMRA ordinance, because of containing material which is against the social and religious norms of our society. They claim to take this decision after getting many complaints from public and several warning to the channel regarding changes in the script of drama according to Pakistani culture.
Earlier, the authority issued notice to ban re runs of drama serials Ishqiya (ARY Digital) and Pyar Ke Sadqay (HUM TV) on the same grounds. The latter got huge ratings and popularity from public.
Two of these dramas tell the story of girls having a fondness or affair with their brother in laws while one has a villain who openly desires for her daughter in law.
The producers of Jalan wrote petition in Sindh High Court, which gave them stay order against the PEMRA’s decision and the transmission of the drama continues.
The question arise her do the PEMRA or other censor bodies have the right to moral policing of the content on national media and or going beyond the jurisdiction law has designated it.
Media Analyst and the then Minister of Information And Broadcast Javed Jabbar, while talking to Pakistan Today exclusively on the role of PEMRA said “PEMRA has the right to warn and ban content on electronic media of country that is explicitly violent, vulgar and obscene in unusual way. But in the case of the recent ban on dramas, it has mishandled and misused its authority as none of these shows have any material which falls under the explanation of ‘against religious and social norms’ in the draft of PEMRA.”
He further said that what PEMRA could do was to abide the channels to mark it PG13 or PG18, if the program contain any sensational content so the parents and viewers should be cautious before consuming it.
Jabbar was of the view that there was a certain segment of society (a few in numbers) which is also political in nature shows their concern about these things to demonstrate their nuisance value and these censor boards and authorities instead of answering to their complaints, gets nervous and starts issuing notice to channels and filmmakers.
“In general, Pakistani viewers are very liberal when it comes to the variety of content on media,” he added.
Renowned Historian and columnist Nadeem Farooq Paracha said these kind of bans on drmas and films show the general middle class morality Pakistan which is confused between modernity and religion.
About PEMRA, Paracha said according to law, the authority has no right to intrude in what should and what should not be run on national television channels and to point out someone’s creation as immoral and irreligious.
“It is an open insult to the writers and viewers who have written it and watched it.”
Farooq asked would bar dramas and films and other programs lessen the ratio of consuming adult and porn material, abundantly available online or are these dramas the reason of climbing rate of rape and divorces in society.
He said it reminds him of the draconian rule of General Zia-ul-Haq, which had serious restriction and censors on state television and films.
“It shows incompetency of the government that instead of concerning about the real issues of country like health, education, utilities and law & order, asking PEMRA to issue notices to channels.”
Sultana Siddiqui, President Hum Network Limited, thought that drama serial ‘Pyar Kay Sadqay’ was a piece of art and should be placed in academy.
Siddiqui admitted that there must be some complaints about the said drama and PEMRA might be playing its role but there should be some logical support to their decisions.
“PEMRA also issued a letter ordering ban, when channel’s drama serial on child sexual abuse Udaari was on aired but in the end, it was called a historical play that raised the issue diligently. So the subject itself is not bad or good but the way you execute it.”
Siddiqui explained that the serial Pyar Ke Sadqay brought up issues like the complications arise from a second marriage of a woman, indicating man entering the house with ill intentions, and to guide women to raise their voice when a man makes unwanted advances whether he is her father in law.
Absar Aalam, Former Chairman PEMRA said, “PEMRA has the right to ban any program if it violates the interests for which the authority has been made the custodian to protect.”
He explained the function of Council of Complaint (appointed in Punjab and Sindh) under PEMRA which suggests that what action should be taken in the specific case.
The former Chairman said that in his time, PEMRA received a lot of complaints from public about Udaari, a drama serial on child sexual abuse for “the longer scenes of committing crimes’ so they issued only show cause notice to channel to cut those certain sequences short keeping the context of story intact.
Delay in diagnosis can result in long term disability
An awareness seminar to highlight the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis was conducted at the Governor house Punjab, with joint collaboration of Arthritis Care Foundation and Scotmann Pharmaceuticals here in Lahore on Sunday 21 November.
The seminar was chaired by the honorable Governor of Punjab Chaudry Muhammad Sarwar, with awareness sessions conducted by chairperson Arthritis Care Foundation, Prof. Nighat Mir Ahmed, Co-chairperson Prof. Sumaira Farman Raja, and Co-chairperson and General Secretary, Prof. Muhammad Ahmed Saeed, and Dr. Saira E. A. Khan.
According to research done by the Arthritis Care Foundation with funding by World Health Organization, approximately 1 out of every 4th person is suffering from some kind of inflammatory joint disease. If not diagnosed early, these conditions can result in long-term disability, like Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. State of the art department of Rheumatology with international standards and equipment has been initiated at the Central Park Teaching Hospital, served by highly skilled and qualified specialists and staff. Central Park Teaching Hospital also provides free treatment services for deserving patients with the support of the Arthritis Care Foundation.
The seminar highlighted the role of Vitamin D, diet, and exercise for healthy bones and joints, arthritis in children, young and elderly, and the common causes of back pain.
Peng Salon celebrates Children’s Day, inviting Children Cancer patients for a Spa Day
This Children’s Day, Peng Salon & Spa, one of the leading hair & skin clinics in Karachi came up with a thoughtful initiative for children suffering from cancer. They invited these young cancer warriors from Indus Hospital for a Spa Day at the salon to mark Children’s Day celebrations. The children were treated with professional salon & spa services for a relaxing & refreshing experience.
Kaneez Fiza & Nafisa Dawood, Incharge at the Psychosocial department at Indus Hospital, who accompanied the children stated that the children were happy and it was an amazing experience for the children as well as their team at the Peng Salon. According to Kaneez, it was the first time for the children that they had visited a salon and they loved every bit of it and were overjoyed with the experience.
These children, fighting their battle against Cancer, are dreamers – full of innocence, hope and happiness. These little angels enjoyed the services of their choice at the salon and they were all smiles with the kind of pampering they were provided with. Services such as Haircut, hair styling, manicure, pedicure, makeup etc. were provided that made their day extra special.
After going through months of grueling treatment, giving these brave warriors such a day was a thoughtful initiative by Peng Salon. Arranging a Spa Day on Children’s Day for these young children to give them moments of joy and happiness was a wonderful idea by the team. Their aim to make these children feel valued, loved and special while helping them make cherishing memories.
Children were overwhelmed with the services they were provided and were all smiles as they left for the hospital again. Thumbs up to Peng Salon for initiating such a thoughtful activity to celebrate Children’s Day!
5 motivational thoughts to get you motivated by Canadian-Pakistani CEO, Muneeb Mushtaq
Canadian Pakistani CEO and motivational speaker Muneeb Mushtaq has given us many insightful and empowering thoughts over the years on the basis of his experiences as a young and dynamic businessman. The tech tycoon has been the founder of three tech business ventures and has managed to achieve so much at such a young age. And, he has given back his learning and knowledge by motivating, educating, and mentoring people to be successful in life.
Here are some motivational thoughts by the Forbes awarded entrepreneur Muneeb Mushtaq to get you motivated and beat the Monday blues:
- Get rid of the useless and negative clutter in your life
Muneeb Mushtaq suggests that it is important to subtract some of the unnecessary things from life to realise how insignificant they are. He advises us to get away from the insignificant and negative clutter in order to see an immediate positive impact. Worrying about what others think of us, trying to please everyone are some of the unimportant things we need to remove as soon as possible. According to him “When you remove what’s negative, it’ll add more space for what’s POSITIVE”!
- Don’t wait, just take the first step
The successful entrepreneur recommends us not to wait for other people or for the perfect moment to do what you have always wanted to do. There will never be a perfect time, situation or circumstances that would make you start working on your dreams. He advises us to just take the first step and get started.
- Failure is the opportunity to start over again, more wisely
The dynamic businessman is also of the view that failure provides an invaluable experience that makes it more likely to get success the next time around. He explains: “Till the time you don’t give up, the failures are just learning experiences, helping you to eventually succeed.”
- Respect the competition
Muneeb Mushtaq also shares this motivational thought that competition should be embraced and should be used as a driving force to push you further rather than fearing it. Competition is also a validation that there is a massive market and opportunity in the space to grow further.
- Change is important
Another motivating thought from Muneeb Mushtaq is that if you want change in life, then you should also be willing to change. He says, “If you are not willing to change, don’t expect your life to either”.
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