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Humayun Saeed summoned over Meray Paas Tum Ho dialogues

Petitioner wants TV show producers, writer to apologise to public

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Jan 29, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Humayun Saeed summoned over Meray Paas Tum Ho dialogues

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The Sindh High Court has asked actor Humayun Saeed to appear in person and explain why he delivered offensive dialogues in Meray Paas Tum Ho, a TV show, written by Khalil Ur Rehman.

On Wednesday, Justice Yousuf Ali Sayeed and Justice Muhammad Ali Azhar, heard a petition filed against the drama and instructed the federal government, Pemra and other respondents to submit their replies by February 13.

In her petition, Sana Saleem, claimed that the script contained derogatory language when talking about women and because of this, she wanted the writer, actor and producer to apologise.

Besides language, the petitioner also objected over “a divorced couple living together” and “a six-year-old playing matchmaker between his father and a school teacher”.

Her lawyer, Munir Gilal, argued that a line from the show had become quite popular and had hurt the reputation of women. During the hearing, the lawyer claimed that the drama had also portrayed Karachi’s image in a negative manner. He added that he had no issue with the TV serial’s last episode.

The court asked the lawyer why the petition had mentioned 21 episodes when the show had 24. Gulal explained that the show’s finale had been screen in cinemas and thus more video evidence could be presented if need be.

Lawyers representing ARY and Pemra were also present in the court. The court asked Pemra’s lawyer if there was a way to monitor the dramas through in-house censors. The lawyer responded that the regulating body had a separate forum where dramas are monitored.

“It’s our policy that dramas shouldn’t contain such language or visuals that are beyond ethics,” he explained. Addressing the petitioner’s lawyer, the court said that he must have moved forums concerned first.

Justice Azhar asked why the TV show’s lead, actor Humayun Saeed, did not appear before the court. The hearing was adjourned till February 13 after ARY’s lawyer ensured that the actor would appear before the court.

This is not the first time someone has approached a court against Meray Paas Tum Ho. On January 22, a woman filed a petition in a Lahore civil court to stop the show’s finale from airing.

The show repeatedly passed derogatory comments about women and has disrespected their status, said Maham Chaudhry.

“This is an attempt to show women as weak and less important in society,” she stated in her petition. Chaudhry added that this does not benefit Pakistani women at all.

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  1. Fauzia Iftikhar  January 29, 2020 8:39 pm/ Reply

    The claim is quite absurd .The dialouge is very natural and we use this in day to day expression in Urdu .There is nothing un natural about it .In our villages , men kill their wives and they call it ” honour killing “.Danish atleast did not kill his wife bcoz he loved her and did not wish to harm her in any way.
    Our Honourable judges and Courts must not flair up the issue happening on daily basis in our society .
    Media / entertainment industry is reflection of our society.

  2. Zareen Hamdani zareenhamdani65@gmail.com  January 31, 2020 2:51 pm/ Reply

    The claim is totally an insane act.
    I think she has no other issue in her life to deal with. It seems she has an ample time and more than enough money to waste.
    Our honorable judiciary should not have pay any heed to it and should have summoned her for wasting the precious time of the court.

  3. Ikhlaq  February 1, 2020 9:43 am/ Reply

    It is a DRAMA. Should take it as fun only

  4. Anonymous  February 1, 2020 10:49 am/ Reply

    We have been hearing in dramas ‘Mard Zat hoti hi by wafa hai’ (Man are inherently unfaithful), ‘Mard kameena hota hai’ , ‘Mardon ko awqat pe rakhna chahyay’ etc. since long. There was general demeaning comments about Man but no one said that it is against morality and discriminatory. No court summoned any writer or actress for it. In Mere Pas Tum Ho, a married woman left her husband and child for the only reason of wealth and only such woman was called ‘Do Takay ki Aurat’ because she can go from here to there for ‘Taka’ (currency). What is wrong in it. It is not generalized comment about Woman but only about such woman who can leave her family for a few Takas. Same is as true for man as well. Please stop this discrimination against Man –

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