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Khalil ur Rehman Qamar, Owais Tohid debate gender issues

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 20, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jan 20, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
Khalil ur Rehman Qamar, Owais Tohid debate gender issues

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Renowned playwright Khalil ur Rehman Qamar has lately been in news due to his famous play Meray Paas Tum Ho.

His views from some television and social media appearances have also greatly irked a segment of the society. Qamar, however, is seen fully defending them at every platform.

SAMAA TV’s anchorperson Barrister Ehtesham Amiruddin invited the playwright on his show News Beat Sunday night. The other two panelists included journalist Owais Tohid and social activist Tahira Abdullah.

Tohid and Abdullah took the stance that Qamar in his dramas related a woman’s reticence to her dress. “Is there no other identity for women besides being a mother, daughter, wife or sister, does she not have an identity of her own,” said Tohid. “I am from Larkana and I know about honour killings very well… [I] saw a boy lose his entire family in these killings. My daughter is an 18-year-old so does that mean she cannot wear a shirt? This concept of good and bad women baffles me.”

According to Tohid, times are changing and women are becoming financially independent. He claimed that writers like Qamar want to write about women with a certain perspective because that is what people want to watch.

“Those who work in media houses like it when a woman gets out of the house, gets rejected from society then comes back home and seeks an apology. We should address the changes in our society. In our personal capacities, we are all public figures; it is our responsibility to do that,” he said.

Qamar strongly denied it, saying that he was not in favour of measuring a woman’s reticence from what she wore.

Tohid raised the point that Qamar always portrayed women as oppressed and needy beings. At this, the playwright remarked that Tohid had not seen the dramas written by him.

Speaking on the show, Abdullah said they were tired of listening to the taunts of ‘western culture’ and ‘privilege’. She said systematic hatred of women was taught in the society.

There were some heated arguments among the participants too. Watch the video to know all what they said on the show.

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      Soccer Guy  January 20, 2020 1:42 am/ Reply

    haha this dsicussion shows these feminists do not want a balance between genders! Khalil ur Rehman just wrote a drama in favor of man quoting a situation only and they could not stand it. Feminists had no clue what they were talking and they just got personal with a poet. While both had no level to talk to a poet like this. If Feminists want gender equality then they should also ask women to start working with labors in hot sun like men do. Women only want jobs where they can sit in the office. There are many other points too.

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      DHEDHI  January 20, 2020 11:24 am/ Reply

    KHALIL UR REHMAN QAMAR WAS BEING ATTACKED PERSONALLY, HE HAS WRITTEN THE DIALOGUES NOT AGAINST ANY GENDER AND IF HE WOULD HAVE SO, SO WHAT? IT HAPPENS IN THIS SOCIETY, HE WROTE ALSO THE CHARACTERS OF MRS. SHEHWAR AND TEACHER HANIA, THESE CHARACTERS ARE VERY NICE. THE OTHER LADIES ARE NOT THE SAME AS MEHWISH’S CHARACTER.

    AND THE LAST THING I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT THE OLD LADY IN THE LAST SHE READ A POEM, IS THAT NOT A SEXUAL POEM.

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      Zar  January 22, 2020 3:27 am/ Reply

    It was a beautiful prog to show and comdenm ugly patriarchy who is ruining so many humans lifes for its selfish means and being rejected concept in modern and more conscious world… i havent seen drama nor i did know Lady before but i know that writter is absolutely short temper, ill spoken , disrespectful and mis agnogist… he probably has no accpatnce for other views.. and this how the rest of society is…. He surely pictures the ugliness of society in himslef perfectly and sadlly defends its too… thats trajedic for as writer who claims to be feminist by giving manipulative and hypocratic arguemts!

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