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.