Baiting Veena Malik

Published: January 25, 2011

The writer is a sub-editor at the Express Tribune Magazine [email protected]

If someone wants to know how the Pakistani media sows seeds of extremism in the general public’s minds, they have to go no further than watching Kamran Shahid’s interview with Veena Malik, aired on January 21, 2010.

Shahid’s television show, “Frontline”, was promoted with the tagline: “Did she [Veena Malik] tarnish the respect of her own nation?” This alone is enough to inform the discerning viewer that Malik will be walking into an ambush, not a fairly conducted, unbiased conversation.

The interview was arguably set up to ignite a debate along religious and cultural lines. Malik was made to ‘discuss’ her appearance on “Bigg Boss 4” with Mufti Abdul Qavi, who repeatedly questioned her morals and character. This gentleman’s favoured retort was: “Do you think you will be able to watch “Bigg Boss 4” with your son, or with your father?”

In fact, the interview seemed to be entirely focused on Malik’s attire, her relationship with male contestants on the show and how she insulted Pakistan’s ‘honour’. Conversation between Malik and Qavi quickly devolved into a petty religious debate — with Qavi shooting irrelevant, hypothetical questions at Malik like: “Will God be pleased with your character and your actions?” and Malik replying, “What I do is between me and God.”

So much can be said about this interview: We can talk about how it highlights the abysmal status of women in Pakistan, how it sensationalises a tiny blip on our cultural radar, how it reveals the hypocrisy of the ‘religious right’ and how it relies on dangerous religious rhetoric to boost TV ratings.

The interview is the epitome of unethical and irresponsible journalism and could further divide the nation by spreading hate and intolerance. It was irresponsible because it should have been conducted in an unbiased manner, and it wasn’t. This means Malik and Qavi should not have been asked leading questions. The host should have taken pains to ensure the conversation didn’t stray far from the topic that was ostensibly meant to be discussed. None of this happened. Instead, Kamran Shahid amusingly focused on trivial details. More significantly, the host failed to moderate the discussion, falling completely silent for long stretches as Malik and Qavi battled it out.

This interview is dangerous and will spread intolerance because it couches the entire discussion in religious terms. Malik must be given kudos for stressing that she appeared in “Bigg Boss 4” as an entertainer, not as a religious leader or a youth icon. However, any talk of the entertainment industry in general was completely ignored by the host and Qavi. Instead, the host and the Mufti focused on the ‘cultural and religious’ (which, in Pakistan, are interchangeable concepts) impact of Malik’s appearance on Bigg Boss. This treatment will draw a line right down the middle of society: Those who believe in Islam will be forced to form strong negative opinions about Veena Malik, and entertainers like her, because they will not wish to question a religious scholar. Those who question Qavi’s stance will be labelled ‘liberals’ — and this will be tantamount to them painting a target on their ‘liberal’ backs, as was proven by Salmaan Taseer’s assassination.

In fact, the treatment meted out to Veena Malik is a lesser degree of the unethical reporting that followed Taseer’s assassination. At that time, religious scholars invited to talk shows to discuss the governor’s assassination, seemed to have a singular purpose — to distance themselves from Taseer, and all but condoned the murder. Tolerant, moderate views were noticeably absent during that time, and were absent when Malik was on air, too.

Tomorrow, when fatwas are issued against Malik and crazed killers take it upon themselves to eliminate ‘immorality’ from Pakistan, who will be responsible?

Published in The Express Tribune, January 25th, 2011.

Reader Comments (62)

  • Jan 25, 2011 - 1:03AM

    Thank god someone spoke up. I saw that interview on youtube and was aghast that the stupid anchor passed up such a beautiful opening Malik created for having a dialogue for the Nation around religious beliefs and blind criticism. Here is this Mufti acting totally insane without even seeing her show. Yet, the anchor actually turned on her to question her himself.

    Like you say, this is dangerous. Dangerous not just for Malik, but the hundreds of women in Pakistan who may now be freely condemned for not acting Islamic enough. The news anchor and people like him have the ethical crime of Pakistan’s state today on their heads.Recommend

  • Hasnain
    Jan 25, 2011 - 1:40AM

    I agree a 100%! The Pakistani media (like mobile phone companies, CNG pumps, car loans etc. before it) has grown in a wild, uncontrolled manner and is becoming more dangerous with each day. The problem is obviously that the media is comprised of the people of Pakistan and most people in the country are uneducated, or undereducated, and we need to educate the people of the country before we can expect them to engage in responsible reporting. The one role the media in Pakistan CAN play (unlike the politicians, bureaucrats, spiritual leaders, landlords and military officials) is to educate the people of the country. Its highly irresponsible to have such a tool in ones hands and then show tools like that host of the show using up broadcast time. And I used to think that that was a good channel! Honestly will someone, anyone, think about the country for once? Anyway you should publish in Urdu too, we need the mainstream, “grass-root” Pakistanis to see more material like this and less like that terrible show! Recommend

  • Adil
    Jan 25, 2011 - 3:31AM

    Yes the program was a bad one.The mufti sahb was not defending islam properly at all.
    and secondly these tv anchors and most of poeple in journalism just want too boost their ratings.They have no other purpose in mind.
    95% in electronic and print media dont give a damn about those innocents being murdered in drone attacks.but yes the MURDER of salman taseer is still being discussed.
    For me this is also hypocrisy.
    And forget of biased programs and coluns please….
    This column in itself is biased..Recommend

  • Kevin
    Jan 25, 2011 - 4:05AM

    I agree with you that the anchor was totally unprofessional and politely put dumb. He himself should be put in the category of those stupid fanatics like the clerics who take it upon themselves to judge and pass judgement on successful women who dare to go international and make a living for themselves.

    Veena Malik is well within her rights to act the way she did, one may not like her or many may envy her, but she played her role and those who watched enjoyed it. Period. The anchor and all those fanatics should first look within themselves on how good they really are and how smooth is their journey going to be to heaven….hope they realise it is not going to be through comdemnation of peoiple like Veena Malik.

    John 8:1 – to quote Jesus Christ who addressed the crowd who wanted to stone a prostitute to death ” if anyone in the crowd has not committed sin, then step forward and be the first to cast the stone” none stepped forward.Recommend

  • Sana
    Jan 25, 2011 - 4:17AM

    I couldn’t agree more. I was disgusted when I saw the interview, and I must admit that although I was never a fan of Malik, I was impressed to see her fight back. She stood her ground and handled each insult extremely well.

    Shame on Kamran Shahid. Shame on Mufti Qavi. Shame on all those who agree with what happened on that show.

    Pakistan has bigger issues to deal with. Extremism. Illiteracy. Power crisis. Unemployment. Corruption. The list in never ending. Why waste time debating about entertainment?

    The men in Pakistan who agree with the Mufti’s school of thought are the very reason my country is not moving forward. They spend too much time passing judgements on others. Perhaps if the same amount of time was spent doing something productive, Pakistan would be a very different place.

    To all those who thought Shahid and Mufti did the right thing- Allah sey daro.

    To the media- you can either be the ones to help give the youth and masses of Pakistan the right direction, or you can continue to be irresponsible and create future divides. If the country falls apart, know this, you will all have blood on your hands. Recommend

  • Emmon Khan
    Jan 25, 2011 - 4:45AM

    This host guy (Kamran Shahid) should be thrown out of a responsible television channel such as the Express TV. He proved a biggot, a hate-monger, a male chauvinist and most of unethically biased and impartial and derogatory in his treatment of his guest: Veena Malik. She proved so much more dignified in comparison to both the mullah and this chauvisnit host!Recommend

  • Rajat
    Jan 25, 2011 - 7:38AM

    What the show has done to the people of Pakistan is quite interesting. On one hand you have religious clerics baying for her blood, on the other she is becoming a role model to the girls of Pakistan. I personally (not as an Indian) feel she has done no offence to deserve the scorn of the joker in the video. I am also ashamed of some guys in the indian media, who gloat over the tough time Veena Malik is having in Pakistan, citing that there is no freedom there, while they were the same guys who showed indignation when Sania Mirza married Shoaib Akhtar. What a bunch of hypocrites we have on both sides of the border. Recommend

  • Rajat
    Jan 25, 2011 - 7:39AM

    I am sorry, it Shoaib Malik not Shoaib Akhtar.Recommend

  • Anam Aftab
    Jan 25, 2011 - 9:47AM

    well said hamna. if only this whole nation thought like you. we’ve made religion a scapegoat for all our prejudices which has led our nation to where it is now. this arrogance and bigotry will soon lead to our doomRecommend

  • Jan 25, 2011 - 10:20AM

    very well saidRecommend

  • Hasan
    Jan 25, 2011 - 11:01AM

    Your article makes a valid point. Talk shows that create a deeper divide in society go unregulated with no one asking for moral, ethical or professional accountability. It is high time that as a first step, citizens take initiative and either take legal action or act within PEMRA rules by ensuring enforcement of the Code of Conduct for Media. A few examples, like the one of Meher Bokhari (who invited Qadris of the world to take act on imagined premises) , will go a long way in making sure these two bit anchors think twice before opening their big mouths. Pakistan desperately needs the media to be accountable.Recommend

  • hamza shoaib ahmed
    Jan 25, 2011 - 11:14AM

    Hamna,

    Nice article I was thinking the same what you had just wrote down after watching on youtube. It was more or less looks same like what happened with Saadat Hassan Manto case accusing him of writing pornography. The fact is this is the reality and we are seeing the bitter truth with our own eyes now adays more openely than the previous decades. We are not on the verge of clash, our society is already on clash. Lets make it simple this the sweet and sour beauty of democracy and democratic society. What ever is going on is not wrong this is the part of evolution in our society which is healthy. Media is what ever doing is playing its part atleast to open up matters to public openly to judge them selve. Look at the history of democratic countries USA/France even India. Do you think they achive in one day. No it takes years and decades. Pakistan is facing dangeorus, harsh, and tough transformation of society but let it happen and it will transform in to new society more opened and cultured inshallah. Continue learning like this atleast we will filter out the hippocracy we do in the name of ISLAM and in the name of so called modernism or westernization.

    Once again nice article HamnaRecommend

  • Yousuf
    Jan 25, 2011 - 11:18AM

    Finally, finally someone pointed out the volatile nature of this whole damn charade of a debate. Up till now, everyone seem to be only taking sides and giving out their personal opinions in this entire unbiased melodramatic fiasco, without realizing that all they’re doing, is fanning the fire and the only person who will end up burning from it, will be none other than our ‘headstrong’ (but not so bright) Ms. Malik.
    Ms. Zubair, you have just saved this one from a lot of hard work, as I was planning on sharpening my writing skills and compose something similar myself, on this particular subject. Kudos to you!Recommend

  • SharifL
    Jan 25, 2011 - 11:20AM

    In democracy you are supposed to cross examine public figures, but bringing conservative values is immoral. WE all know people differ on moral values and bottom line should be to allow each adult individual what he likes or prefers. We are going in the wrong direction. Here in South Africa, I see many Pakistani men having fun with local black girls, while their wives are back home under the supervision of mother in laws. Is that fair? Are only men allowed all and women must behave like slaves of men. Is that `what Islam is all about? I hope not, but the facts show a dismal picure.
    It appears if women walk a few steps behind men and must remain indoors, only then the society accepts them as good women. Once I asked this guy if his wife back home did the same, have sexual relationship with other men when he is doing the same here. You knoiw what he said? Listen, he said, women get killed in our city if any such things happened. This is the most selfish words I have heard. Yoiu carry on with discussion. Brainwashed people need another operation to think logically.Recommend

  • Shumaila
    Jan 25, 2011 - 11:31AM

    I really appreciate that you wrote this article. this are exactly how I felt since i watched the interview, and after the meaningless arguments I do fear for Veena!

    “If someone wants to know how the Pakistani media sows seeds of extremism in the general public’s minds, they have to go no further than watching Kamran Shahid’s interview with Veena Malik, aired on January 21, 2010.”

    I completely agree with your line of thought, the level of “sensational”ization in our media is deplorable and this freedom of press is definitely being abused by some. Recommend

  • alizeh haider
    Jan 25, 2011 - 11:36AM

    Well done. You make valid points and argue them well. Good job! Recommend

  • Jawad+Iqbal+Jawad
    Jan 25, 2011 - 11:41AM

    In Veena Malik’s case media is playing the same role as they did in Salman Tasser’s matter. Veena’s character is no doubt condemnable, but she should not have been invited where a Mufti sb was also a participants. It is just like to combine two extremes on one platform and is enough to air the fire of extremism burning throughout the country. Recommend

  • Noor
    Jan 25, 2011 - 12:04PM

    Am i the only one to see the hypocrisy in this all. EXPRESS was the one that aired the interview and Express Tribune is condemning it.. WHERE WAS YOUR MORAL OBLIGATION before you aired it.. GET REAL.. the Channel went for RATINGS that’s what it really is all about.

    ABSURD, SAD and downright DISGUSTING. so yes who is to blame for any future FATWA. it is EXPRESS GROUP..Recommend

  • Think Therefore
    Jan 25, 2011 - 12:18PM

    Right Hamna…. the media in Pakistan is turning out to be a bane rather than a boon as it was seen a few years back. It is programming the minds of our nation at a subliminal level and breeding hate and intolerance especially propagating a stifling brand of Islam.

    Anchors like Kamran Shahid should be renounced by the media and chastised for spreading intolerance.

    After all Veena is a show girl / entertainer like so many other in the world. She went on the show to make money because thats the way she makes a living for herself. I think what she did on the show may have insulted the sensibilities of many but thats exactly the reason you have so many channels….. so you can switch to one that you feel is more appropriate for you. A country cannot be insulted or degraded because of what an entertainer does on international media…. its degraded and talked about when a leader visits Châteaus in Europe while his people drown in sorrows….. when women have their noses chopped off and young kids are clubbed to death by mobs in the presence of police….. For God’s sakes Kamran (Since you apparently are so pious and conservative) please don’t reduce your intellect to rubbish by focussing on what our entertainers are doing to make a living…. the money you earned off that show you aired is also a matter of shame for our nation….. Recommend

  • Haris Masood Zuberi
    Jan 25, 2011 - 12:19PM

    Tomorrow, when fatwas are issued
    against Malik and crazed killers take
    it upon themselves to eliminate
    ‘immorality’ from Pakistan, who will
    be responsible?

    Kamran Shahid and Express News.Recommend

  • ZS
    Jan 25, 2011 - 12:44PM

    very well said good jobRecommend

  • Faisal Sayani
    Jan 25, 2011 - 1:39PM

    This is to so true. The show in question is an example of bigotry. Kamran came across as a party and not a moderator with sweeping statements like ‘the whole Pakistani media condemned her…’ and ‘we (media) would have advised you not to go (to India)’.

    Worst of all, the show in question has almost put her life in danger. And, the yesterday’s (supposedly) cover-up (Frontline) show was even worst.Recommend

  • parvez
    Jan 25, 2011 - 2:13PM

    Very nice level headed write up and to think that the anchor is the son of one of our cinema stars of yesteryear and should have known better.Recommend

  • Jeddy
    Jan 25, 2011 - 2:31PM

    Sir Syed taught us that we cannot and should not shun the world outside – because it would make us backward and completely uneducated. That lesson was not learnt. The status quo was to keep Pakistanis blind. International media should kept out. However people do find find out one way or another about what is being denied to them. For the moment anything foreign is unacceptable. Veena Malik went abroad and did something ‘unacceptable’ which some people who claim to be responsible the value of this country. But who appointed them to this position? But why does bother anyone? The doors should for international media should be opened up in Pakistan. They will be once the existing generation is nor more – there will be a complete change.Recommend

  • maera
    Jan 25, 2011 - 2:41PM

    can we have some comment from the Host Mr. Kamran Shahid who has has created havoc by not handling the program. Had it been any other sensible host, this matter wouldn’t have aggravated to this extend.Recommend

  • faheem ahmad
    Jan 25, 2011 - 2:48PM

    well said i tootally agree with your point of view by our media is irresponsible and shows like these shoud be done under some media acts which are not being abide by most of the channels.this interview has further saprk the criticism on the debate between ISLAM and Moderinism …and sad but true situattion is we Pakistan is at the verge of big revolution ,,for whcich it has to tak emany turns and twists ,,,,,,,to reach its final destiny….
    Another thing Islam is a vast religion it promotes culture and knowledge an dgives the biggest message of peace and love and hormony and tolerance which these stupid molvis lack ..further more our nation is being ruled by these molvis who have no knowledge of science and culture in the context of Quran and Islam …and they only follow and chose and quote the things religion which can show them the only savior of the entire nation “rediculous”. i end my comment with famous quote of Albert Einstien
    ” Science witout religion is lame , but religion without science is blind “Recommend

  • faheem ahmad
    Jan 25, 2011 - 2:53PM

    well said @ think thereforeRecommend

  • FM
    Jan 25, 2011 - 3:14PM

    Nicely stated Hamna. This incident clearly highlights the danger and hypocrisy of the Express Media Group, where differing agendas are pushed by both the news channel and newspaper to pursue one goal–make money…forget quality journalism. The producers of Frontline most importantly are the irresponsible ones who endangered the life of a woman and the little freedom she upholds in our society. Recommend

  • DJ
    Jan 25, 2011 - 3:15PM

    Oh Come on! Is there nothing else to talk about other then Veena Malik these days. I mean its like a national issue here, a matter of life and death where everyone feels his moral duty to put forward their comments on the burning Issue. Well I am not judging whatever she did is right or wrong but whatever we are doing is definitely not right. We are making it a big issue by discussing it over and over again and by creating a media hype. So please stop. Discuss, criticize and give your suggestions on the real issues to help making a better Pakistan. Recommend

  • KA
    Jan 25, 2011 - 3:28PM

    Have read numerous articles on this issue ever since the show aired on tv both on Tribune and other mediums. Found this article the best so far. Since Hamna has opted not to take either sides and infact pointed out a more serious issue uprising due to the irresponsible behaviour of the media. We are being divided in every possible way we can. Be it religion, culture, politics or social norms. The media is playing a huge role in creating larger deviations in who we are. We are anything but united on every front, opinion, forum etc and that’s a shame. Recommend

  • Noeen
    Jan 25, 2011 - 4:02PM

    Thanks God…that we still have some people to think unbiased………..We must realize that veena malik belongs to an entertainer industry. In the show, Veena Malik replied to Syed Noor in the programme “your 99.9% movies promote vulgarity” Syed Noor said, “we r NOT talking abt movies, instead we r talking abt reality show where u could promote ur culture”…..why didn’t the Mr.Kamran asked Syed Noor, “Noor sahib, film is the biggest media for promoting culture rather than a reality show”……But they seemed to attack only Veena Malik. One lady named Miss. Saba called and critisised badly Venna Malik…
    In last, i would like to say that Big Boss is indeed a reality show but its management will give script to its conestants to show some entertainment tooo otherwise a TV show can lose its TRP and high TRP is the biggest aim of any TV show.Recommend

  • sameera
    Jan 25, 2011 - 4:22PM

    Iam so glad Hamna that you give words to my thoughts ,this stupid Anchor must banned for conducting such show ,I pity Mufti Sahab who did not even watched the show and yet ready to give lecture plus using words like BHEN KA HUSN O JAMAL i mean what he is trying to say ,we all know our film industry and all the actress belongs to cretin area which we all know ,how can you expect that a girl who works for Pakistan film industry will behave like mulanni she is an actress and thats it ,she did not done any thing wrong this we all know Recommend

  • Sk
    Jan 25, 2011 - 4:23PM

    Man, that is EXACTLY what I felt. Someone should stop this media running wild!!Recommend

  • misbah
    Jan 25, 2011 - 4:29PM

    now this not about veena only its about every girl wants a fredom of being herself..every girl is a veena malikRecommend

  • TOUHEED ALAM
    Jan 25, 2011 - 8:24PM

    agreed with anum pasha
    the think is tht Veena is not the only one in this industry if u pointin her u should take a look on the whole industry hv u eva chk the past movies or heroins xcept veena hv u eva chk the costumes? evrythin is clear….
    beside tht wats goin on in our private channels our industry is Bold enuff
    Moreover tht evryone blaming her but no One had missed a single episode of Big boss 4….:P
    ager itna he acha banna tha tou protest kartay BB4 lye…
    huh!!………………..Recommend

  • Mahum
    Jan 25, 2011 - 10:18PM

    couldn’t have said it better myself!Recommend

  • shujji
    Jan 26, 2011 - 12:32AM

    well written Humna. i think whatever everyone is sharing here this is the only sign of hope…atleast hum discuss tu kar rahey hain warna…Recommend

  • Naina
    Jan 26, 2011 - 1:42AM

    This was an idiot-fest. The Maulvi kept insisting he has never seen Veena Malik, never saw Big Boss, yet he made accusations based on what he heard and on the other hand kept praising her beauty! The host sat there mute, further fueling the fire by asking ridiculous questions. Pakistan is not known for Veena Malik’s performance on Big Boss. Its known for our corrupt politicians, religious extremism, rape, robberies, suicide blasts. That is what we are known for. Veena Malik may have crossed a line, but as a responsible person of the media, the host should’ve stepped in and controlled the situation. Someone should show the maulana Filmazia–lets see if he can sit through the vulgarity of our cinema and have him give out fatwas like they were candy bars. Also, why is it that when it comes to out fashion industry its called progression and not besharmi?
    Being a woman, I personally dont agree with some of the things Veena did while she was there representing Pakistan, but the way she was trashed on TV is outrageous. She was clearly brought in to be humiliated. Being a host, one should not take sides and have an unbaised opinion on the subject matter. The jahalat in this country was previously limited to behind the camera–thanks to hosts like this fine gentleman, now its onscreen too. They should really think twice about opening their mouth because they only end up putting their foot in it. And as far as the maulanas are concerned, thanks to you guys, Islam is known now for all the opposite things that it represents–intollerance, extremism, violence. Islam is about forgiveness. Its about setting examples so the other person is inspired to follow in your footsteps–not being gunned into accepting them. Take your fatwas and shove them where the sun dont shine. Recommend

  • Lubna
    Jan 26, 2011 - 2:59AM

    Thank God someone spoke up and I was thinking I was alone in this. Pakistani Information media particularily most of the News channels have become entertainment channels. They have no regards for the country or the people in contradiction to what they say.The biggest proof is that they’re never intersted in telling us good things about the society and the country. It makes us depressed and eventually anti-Pakistan where nothing good happens. So I would say stop watching these channels and these stupid programs where the only agenda is to flare up a fight which amuses these media people.
    Thank you Hamna for saying what’s right Recommend

  • Zehra
    Jan 26, 2011 - 4:18AM

    I would like to know what action Express channel has taken so far on a) anchor Kamran Shahid himself for promoting bigotry, and b) self-regulation for more responsible broadcast journalism in future.
    That is the least that should be expected from Express to prove they are a responsible media house.Recommend

  • Rizwan
    Jan 26, 2011 - 9:00AM

    What massage was there for public in these series of shows, would anchor person dare to speak! Recommend

  • sharjeel tariq
    Jan 26, 2011 - 12:25PM

    the pakistani artist very bad veena malik is one of them.Recommend

  • salman Munawar
    Jan 26, 2011 - 12:48PM

    when some one to become famous he or she do such things which veene malik is recently become a part of every scandle including cricket or showbizz. Recommend

  • Salman Munawar
    Jan 26, 2011 - 1:02PM

    PAKISTANI artist try to change their bad behaviour.Recommend

  • Zahra
    Jan 26, 2011 - 3:00PM

    enough is enough… news media should for once do what it’s really supposed to do. deliver news timely and responsibly. and if they must have invigorating talkshows with heated discussions… might as well state their intent in the end rather than shrugging off with saying ‘we are neutral and we leave it up to people to decide’.
    The truth is that a few successful shows and quips in an opinion blog can be quite corrupting to the most neutral of talkshow hosts. we’ve seen the ramifications of several shows like meher bokhari’s interview of salmaan taseer as well as many in the past leading to physical and intellectual riots.
    The millions of eyeballs that are numbers to these channels are also attached to a heart, mind and a soul. Their emotions are easily challenged and pacified with just a few words. Why are mullahs being allowed to talk on air without a background check?
    Pakistani media needs to STOP aiding mullahs, fueling hatred and facilitating fatwas.Recommend

  • Kamran A.
    Jan 26, 2011 - 5:02PM

    It’s ironic that Kamran Shahid is trying so hard to take Veena to task, since they both have a lot in common. As a matter of fact as far as their methods for enhancing their careers go, they are almost alike, either of them would go to any lengths or sink to any depths without regard for good taste or professional integrity. At least in Veena’s case, her profession doesn’t have any pretensions of “enlightening the masses” attached to it, since no one watches her movies to broaden their intellectual horizons. Shahid on the other hand must be desperate for higher ratings, his show is making a habit of appealing to the lowest common denominator among us. Recommend

  • Shumaila Khalid
    Jan 26, 2011 - 5:27PM

    very well said Ms Hamna.
    I agree with what you wrote and Veena proved all her questions directed on her character. Why that mulla was called? Why that host(Kamran) was not able to question Ms Malik himself ? We all know that whatever Veena did was wrong ,as she was not an entertainer only she was portraying her own country in INDIA and she was used(innocently) as a duck by indians as Ali Saleem (Begam Nawazish Ali) said in one of his shows hosted by Rauf in 50 minutes that Salman Khan himself told him that the production team used them(PAKISTANIS) as puppets againt “Pakistan” and “Pakistani cricket team” and I ve seen few episodes of Bigboss 4 the way Veena Malik criticised our players aswell. Thats a shame. There were so many questions to talk about .Why that mulla was only talking about her character which is not his matter anyway?
    Veena Malik is a shame for our nation as many others are. There is no difference between her and the rest of the ENTERTAINERS in our country anyway so why her?
    In the end I agree that Pakistan has bigger issues to deal with. Extremism. Illiteracy. Power crisis. Unemployment. Corruption. The list in never ending. Why waste time debating about entertainment?
    We should rather educate our media which is playing the major role in all these problems .Recommend

  • Madiha Shaikh
    Jan 26, 2011 - 5:50PM

    Welldone,Hamna!Recommend

  • SHARJEEL TARIQ
    Jan 26, 2011 - 6:15PM

    What the show has done to the people of Pakistan is quite interesting. On one hand you have religious clerics baying for her blood, on the other she is becoming a role model to the girls of Pakistan. I personally (not as an Indian) feel she has done no offence to deserve the scorn of the joker in the video. I am also ashamed of some guys in the indian media, who gloat over the tough time Veena Malik is having in Pakistan, citing that there is no freedom there, while they were the same guys who showed indignation when Sania Mirza married Shoaib malik . What a bunch of hypocrites we have on both sides of the border.
    .Recommend

  • SB
    Jan 26, 2011 - 6:27PM

    Kamran Shahid needs a reality check….a check that tells him he is not a good host….he seriously needs a career change !Recommend

  • SHARJEEL TARIQ
    Jan 26, 2011 - 7:25PM

    Veena Malik has been facing scandals and allegations ever since she entered the showbiz field, all of them proved wrong with the passage of time.
    The first scandal was widely circulated pictures on internet of a topless girl with striking resemblance to Veena Malik.
    Some mischivious people found those pictures from a porn site and started spreading rumours that it was of Veena Malik.
    Another scandal worth mentioning was her monetary dispute with cricketer Mohammad Asif.
    Some people alleged that this dispute arose because Asif did not pay for the private services that Veena provided to him. Now that both have settled their dispute, it became clear that Asif has borrowed money from Veena to pay her back later. Recommend

  • Amballa
    Jan 26, 2011 - 8:13PM

    I absolutely agree with you on this matter. It was sad to see an educated media person ignore the basic ethics. His biased attitude and the overall theme of the program oozed of trashy TMZ reporting.
    First of all why did he play the religious card when dealing with the whole thing? At the end of the program, it was evident that Kamran and the Mullah was steaming over the fact that such acts are not okay if done in India. Rest is all good.
    Secondly, I had the misfortune to watch the second program with the same theme. This time the live callers were included. I mean its utterly atrocious to judge other person on national TV in such manner.
    I sincerely hope so in future Kamran behaves in an appropriate manner when dealing with such matters.Recommend

  • kumar
    Jan 27, 2011 - 1:35PM

    @Haris Masood Zuberi:
    the solution is simple! Have a full time cleric on board express news who will issue a fatwa against those who issue fatwas – sort of a counter fatwa. Brace yourself for the fatwa wars!!!Recommend

  • Jan 27, 2011 - 1:41PM

    The recent coverage given to Veena Malik by print and electronic media has gone out of proportion. No doubt, her acts were unbecoming and was a source of shame for the country but at the same time we are adept in making a mountain out of a molehill. Sometimes, one feels that nothing is left in this world except to prove or disapprove her depravity.

    Sadly speaking, the clerics are ever ready to pass remarks on such occasions as if it is their prime responsibility to chide and admonish the wrongdoers. One thing is evident, that she was not ambassador of Pakistan so we should stop this futile exercise of blaming herRecommend

  • hassan
    Jan 27, 2011 - 4:31PM

    Kamran Shahid and Mufti Abdul Qavi represent the overwhelming majority in Pakistan. This became evident form the open support showered on the murderer of Taseer by the general public including some sections of the so called elite and the educated class. A program “50 minutes” was aired by another tv channel on the same subject. The views of the audience were similar to those of Kamran Shahid and Mufti Abdul Qavi . The condemnation was unanimous, based on hypocrisy and poor intellectual content. The moderate voices were drowned in the flood of extreme views and bigotry. In the downward spiral, as the Christians are forced to convert, the ranks of the extremists and bigots are swelling. Recommend

  • Afzal Hussain
    Jan 27, 2011 - 11:49PM

    There are two types of extremism in our society i.e. Religious extremists and liberal extremists. However, overwhelming majority consist of peace loving, moderate Pakistanis. I donot agree with Mufti Sahib’s views but I can also not condone what Ms. Veena Malik did on big boss show. If someone says that Ms. Malik is emerging as an icon / ideal for Pakistani girl then he/she is insane. I am certain that Pakistani women have high standards. No decent person would condone her moves on Big boss show however, sanity demands that we must avoid people like Mr. Mufti. Both are extremist i.e. Religious extremist & Liberal extremist. Ms. Veena Malik does not depict Pakistanis (or Pakistani girls). For God Sake! These are not liberal values. Coming back to the original topic, Mr. Kamran Shahid is a respectable journalist but there is always room for improvement. He should have invited moderate Pakistanis to discuss Ms. Malik’s performance. Moderate would condemn both Mr. Mufti & Ms. Malik. In the end Pakistan has bigger issues i.e. terrorism, corruption, energy crisis etc. Just forget about people like Mr. Mufti & Ms. Veena Mailk. Recommend

  • nOOne
    Jan 28, 2011 - 1:15AM

    I dont think ive ever watched Kamran’s show, but let me tell you something interesting. I took a course from him on International Politics. Students were supposed to give a presentation. Some had papers with them and parroted whatever was written there. Others came prepared by cramming everything that they found reasonable. In the end, he awarded zeros. He wanted to known what was a student’s own opinion and no one knew how to answer.
    He didnt supervise any other course in that university again. i.e.
    National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences Lhr aka FAST (most popular for its computer sciences degree)Recommend

  • nOOne
    Jan 28, 2011 - 1:19AM

    and something on-topic. If it were not for scandals, Mr. Veena Malik would have been long forgotten. Moreover, why do we think that artists portray OUR image when they are abroad? So, let them do whatever they want to. In fact, India should give her citizenship. She can do a lot for them. :DRecommend

  • Meera Ghani
    Jan 28, 2011 - 4:52AM

    brilliant article, very well said.Recommend

  • Sameer
    Jan 28, 2011 - 9:32AM

    Kamran Shahid is an embarrassment to journalists everywhere. I hang my head in shame. What a joke he has made of himself and his proffession.Recommend

  • Ilmana Fasih
    Jan 28, 2011 - 5:56PM

    I must commend you Hamna for a very balanced article out of a million which cropped up in seconds after the incident singing about the valour and courage of Veena out of proportions.

    You actually touched upon the real issue of how media is eulogising the religious extremist values, of religious bigotry, of women’s rights.

    We need more mature and non emotional writers like you to hit the nail at the right spot.
    KUDOS to you Hamna.Recommend

  • nadir
    Feb 12, 2011 - 6:37PM

    excellent !!!! two thumbs up !!!Recommend

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