Morning show host Maya Khan fired from Samaa TV

Published: January 28, 2012

Maya Khan confirms that she has been fired from Samaa TV.

LAHORE: After an intense online campaign, television channel Samaa TV has fired morning show host Maya Khan and her team, and has said that her show will be taken off the air.

The decision comes after a controversial episode of the morning show, where Khan was seen conducting a ‘raid’ on a public park in Karachi and questioning couples about whether their parents were aware of their whereabouts and going as far as asking them about their marital status.

Maya Khan was at first reluctant talking about the decision, but later confirmed that her show had indeed been cancelled.

The morning show host blamed “a vicious media campaign by rival groups” for the outcome of the fiasco. She said that those campaigning against her had wanted her to be removed and this is exactly what had happened.

Khan stressed on the fact that no one had highlighted the “good things” she had done on her show.

Speaking to The Express Tribune, she confirmed the authenticity of the letter (below) by senior Samaa TV management and her termination from the channel.

Independent sources from Samaa have also confirmed that Maya Khan has been fired along with the production team of the show.

The letter, which was reportedly sent out by the management, states that Khan had refused to apologise ‘unconditionally’. It also adds that official termination notices will be sent to her on Monday morning.

The letter which says Maya Khan’s services from Samaa TV will be terminated has been circulating on social media websites and is reportedly signed by CEO Zafar Siddiqui.

Dear All

Your feedback is appreciated. As a responsible corporate citizen, Samaa TV did what was required under the circumstances. We do not and have not in the past or intend to in the future to take our viewership or reporting requirements without the seriousness that they deserve.

You would appreciate that as an organisation with a functioning management team, we had to conduct certain legal requirements over the past week and internal review processes (which are operational in nature) before procedding further.

As a result of which I can inform you:

  1. We asked Maya to apologise unconditionally which she did not.
  2. The CEO asked her to do that on Friday which she refused.

As a result of which the following will be put in place on Monday, Jan 30th.

  1. Maya and her team will receive termination notices.
  2. Her show is being stopped from Monday morning.

Our deeds and actions taken since this episode occured are there for the record and hope this will settle issues as far as the station is concerned.

A lot has been written about the race for ratings. Well, we do absolve such behaviour irrespective of ratings that the show was getting.

With best regards and thank you for your understanding.

Zafar Siddiqi

Chairman CNBC Arabiya

Chairman CNBC Africa

President CNBC Pakistan

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Reader Comments (324)

  • faraz
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:22PM

    There was no need to fire her over that. The social media delivered her a tough message and that should have been enough.

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  • Hassan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:24PM

    Hear, Hear!!!

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 4:29PM

    “a vicious media campaign by rival groups” She still believes that whatever she was doing was RIGHT. You’re such a poor lady Maya. God Bless You!

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  • MS-Mariya Suhail
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:29PM

    Maya refused unconditional apology so sacking should not be the end of this matter. We need to seek an FIR against this lady to set an example for all media anchors.

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  • MaV
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:30PM

    Drop scene.. As expected…

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  • Sabih Zafar Ullah
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:31PM

    I feel like a guy from Tahrir square, after Hosni’s departure.

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  • TruthHurts
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:33PM

    dont know what to say!Recommend

  • Adnan Tariq
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:33PM

    finally!!!!!!

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  • Ghulam Hussain Soomro
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Good riddance !!!!

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  • Ammar Khan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:37PM

    Good Job Samma TV.
    How could a TV anchor infringe people’s privacy by forcing them to come on TV ?Recommend

  • Pinky
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:38PM

    WOW! this incident attests the power of social media..all played their role; blogosphere, twitter, facebook, youtube, etc
    special thanks to Mehreen kasana, Ayesha tammy haq, Beena sarwar, Fifi haroon, Cafe piyala, teeth meastro and of course dear Express tribune :)
    (and all the people who RTed the links and the jokes (sans uncivilized attacks)

    yayyyyyyyy! Beware TV personalities, we have just become a force to be reckoned with :D

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  • MAHER ALI
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:39PM

    She highlighted a valid thing, but the way she presented was not appropriate…

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 4:43PM

    She was becoming a police officer, instead of an ordinary anchorperson, She deserved this

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  • SocialMediaGuru
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:44PM

    Once again, social media proved to be too hot to handle !

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  • Pinky
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:46PM

    oh & MK, blaming others is an exercise in futility especially when blame lies closer to home..try changing this flawed attitude of yours, IF you want to bounce back :)

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 4:46PM

    This matter should be dragged to the court, i wish if someone takes her into court, A message for all media persons, don’t dare to become Police

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  • Fatima
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:47PM

    Firing Maya Khan and cancelling the show is not enough .Maya Khan and Sama Tv should be sued for the invasion of privacy .

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  • drmansoor
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:50PM

    well done samaa
    she deserves this

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  • mahin
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:52PM

    very happy with the decision, thank you SAMAA TV……

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  • 110
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:52PM

    Thank you Samaa Tv.

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  • Seher Shaikh
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:55PM

    That lady was interfering in other people’s personal matters. The couples seen on the screen were looking mature enough to make their own decisions.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 4:57PM

    @drmansoor:
    samaa TV should also be held accountable for airing the show, they r pretending that the show was aired without their knowledge, BAN SAMMA too

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 5:00PM

    I’m not happy about it ending this way, but it had to be done. It’s great to see so many people recognizing the importance of privacy, and taking a strong stand against such hideously moral policing.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 5:02PM

    Samma’s apology is not enough

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 5:11PM

    She should now be dealt under Sharia laws for interesting in peoples private lives

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  • Shaheer
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:11PM

    She should have been fired, nothing more, nothing less, just to set an example to other people with intentions to invade people’s privacy and try to jump on the “moral police” bandwagon.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:19PM

    Zafar Sahib:

    You did the right thing.

    Maya was exceeding from her limits of being a host. She was suppose to maintain a balance between her own thinking and of the SAAMA TV viewers.

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  • Mj
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:21PM

    Good job, SaamaTv.

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  • Pagall
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:27PM

    Gud news indeed

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  • Pagall
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:28PM

    A case should be filed against her in Police Station (My Opinion)

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  • Sonia Wahab
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:29PM

    Maya Khan now sit in your home and think what it means to interfere in people’s private life. After 18 years of age every Pakistani is an individual in his own right. Parents cannot educate morals and pressurize them to actafter this age.

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  • BS.Detecter
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:36PM

    Wow dint saw this coming.. Good Job Mr. CEO

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  • Dua shah
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:37PM

    To Zafar siddique (CEO of sama tv )

    Good job! you care for your viewers.

    Thank you so much for doing that and all of those who protest against this immoral issue.

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  • Engr Ah Bill
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:37PM

    This is not enough.Case should be filed against Maaya Khan for interfering in the private matters of people and showng them on media.She has triggered a stampede of anger among masses and especially the youth couples who do often visit private places(which is their right).The has marked a black spot on faces of girls she showed on CAM……This is But the Begining of End for Maaya KhanRecommend

  • Hasnat
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:41PM

    Thank you Samaa for listening to us.Appreciated.I think this jhatka would be enough for Maya Khan :)

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  • Shan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:46PM

    well done samaa

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 5:51PM

    @Hasnat:
    bt not enough for SAMAA TV for airing it

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  • A.Khan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:55PM

    No problem, apply to another channel with a newly corrected CV. Pakistan is becoming the land of opportunities for media people.

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  • Sonia Wahab
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:56PM

    The group of aunties following Maya Khan must be charged with fine or at least a public apology. Specially teh one in green dupatta and the one who comes in her programme often.

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  • Concerned
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:01PM

    Oh boy, oh boy…I am totally against Maya Khan’s approach, but personally feel that we too were gone astray when the tables were turned on her. I mean, come on, hadn’t she faced enough humiliation after all the vicious social media campaign and exposing of her dance party photos etc. and her being labelled as “Pyar ki dushmin”. I think this was enough to bring her to senses, but now don’t you feel that blows of such kind have been too much? I mean, she has lost her job, and there goes the job of her entire team and crew as well; and as far as I remember, she did apologize alongside a public apology by Samaa TV in the news.Recommend

  • zain
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:04PM

    this shows how big people power is and everyone felt that
    it was common people pressure that force media to discuss this issue

    social issues are collective responsibility not govt. alone.

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  • Altaf Hussain
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:14PM

    Its a shame for Pakistani Media, what she was doing with his production crew was totally unacceptable in any soceity of the world. This clearly shows that our Media is extremely amature, it will take year to be matured more. This is extremely redicules, how you can show such things in Media.

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  • BS.Detecter
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:18PM

    I think all those involved in it, particularly those aunties must be sued heavily and made to apologize publicly.

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  • Usman
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Well done Samaa!! You did the right thing and have hopefully set a precedent. Unlike ARY who are still fully behind the hearththrob doctor.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 6:30PM

    God bless Zafar Siddiqui! Good to know that someone actually cares and responds to something unethical such as this incident contrary to our political fiascoes.

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  • Dr. Asadullah Syed
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:30PM

    Wow!… This is a interesting… I believe what Maya was doing wasn’t wrong… but the way she was doing is wrong… Shouldn’t put people on TV like that… if dating is wrong according to Islam.. so, is not wearing hijab in public… not only that… please look within before raising a finger on others… We all make mistake… but, doing this can and will take a heavy toll on the lives of the people she busted… for example… parents lose trust on kids..

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  • Ahmad Mirza
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:32PM

    It was a disaster waiting to happen … Well Good luck Maya Khan … though i have watched your show once in the morning for 10 mins but still i guess you dont need to tell people about their lives no matter how messed up that is.

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  • Ayesha Asghar
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:38PM

    I am glad she was fired, no one should be allowed to cross ethical boundaries in journalism, and let me tell you no one from other networks was behind her termination. It was people like who signed online petitions, blogged, tweeted, and informed people on fb about her and encouraged them to voice their concern as well. So first of all dont take away my credit of hard work.

    At this point I am only concerned, if they are going to replace her with some another aunty who thinks that she is a “journalist.”Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:40PM

    It is well done or not, but there are still many other programs running on T.V channels. In our country there are many CLASSES of people.Every one has his/her on view. If i say myself, she done well, but it is against the manners of 21st century on the other hand.

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  • Umair
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:42PM

    best news i heard today

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  • salman
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:42PM

    finalyyyy. . . Good decision by managment…. :))
    and what she said??? Vicious campaign by her rivals ??? Hahaah rubish…. Wo kehte hen naaa “khisyani billi khamba noche” :p

    now samaa tv should appoint Nadia Khan…

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  • MUNIB
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Excellent !!
    This will get some burger head aunties to their ORIGINAL position.

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  • RhyMe
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:52PM

    Well Done SAMA Management!

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  • syeda maham shah
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:52PM

    Serves her right.

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  • Shamy
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:52PM

    I feel so relieved !!

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  • Hussain
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Well just a thought … the shows being on aired must have been scrutinized by the scrutiny team or whatever of Sama TV. So i suppose if the show was being on aired it was with the consent of the management of Sama. So both Maya khan & Sama TV deserve the punishment.

    They should be accounted for in the court of law.

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  • Ali Fahd
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Dear Ms. Maya Khan,

    The next time YOU are sitting in a Park, you will be asked the same question… APNE MAA BAAP KO DHOKA MAT DO!!

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  • brave
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:56PM

    here u go, SAMAA TV.. she not only deserves firing from the channel but she shud be tried in a court of law for breaching the privacy of young people and for the irresponsible way she has conducted the show. not only she but the other aunty who was roaming in the park in the front row and was far more vocal and judgemental about the people’s lives than the host should also be fined heavily and all the channels shud take lesson from this… they have recieved bad character certificate and should not be employed by other pakistani channels…

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  • TN, Advocate
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:02PM

    We have to get our act together!
    On one hand we call our country “ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN” and Islam being our religion while want to live our lives as liberals.
    The two can’t blend together, lets make a choice and then set our ways of life.
    Maya, I am proud of your blunt reporting to bring this hush up matter to our homes. The parents send their kids to college to gain education and not for dating.
    I guess our education system is also to blame because government institutions have very low tuition fee. The parents pay, so kids don’t care. The students in US take “student loans”; work on campus etc. and know the value of time and money because the loans have to be repaid after graduation. Therefore constant pressure to preform and become productive members of society. YES they party and date but all this is acceptable in their society.

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  • syeda maham shah
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:03PM

    Im happy with this decision. She should mind her own business and stop interfering in people’s personal stuff.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 7:05PM

    Victory of Individual Privacy ! Maya Khan fired because of her show which resulted in national protest across Internet , Print and TV media .

    Now,PEMRA & PBA should make sure no other channel employs her and a public interest defamation case be made against her. All channels must make sure , no other anchor repeats what she did.

    I Would like to be a part of any petition against her.

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  • Mahjabeen
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:05PM

    samaa tv has made her, its escape goat. She wasnt the only one responsible. Where were these ‘policies’ when the show was being passed to go on air. Samaa is just washing its hands off her now because she pulled a stunt and it failed. Samaa is as much responsible as she is.Recommend

  • Farhan Gilgiti
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:14PM

    If the media teams act similarly in the future, the anchors will be thrashed along with their crew. Be careful, angles and “false-prophets”!!

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  • Pat
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:14PM

    A good first step – she and her team got what they deserved. But
    Samaa isn’t exactly blameless here. And what about that assortment of
    self-righteous, moralizing, empty-headed women who were enjoying their
    brief moment on TV?

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  • Umer
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:21PM

    Well she is now free to do her park chasing full time.

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  • fahad
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:24PM

    Good decision made by Samaa Tv

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  • Nadia Siddiqui
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:26PM

    Maya Khan Don’t you ever equate women with a PICKLE.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 7:35PM

    Wise decision by Samaa TV. A little late thought but it will surely clear up their profile.

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  • M.ADIL
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:47PM

    Samaa T.v do wrong desion .Maya khan ko wapis laya jaye .Sub ko such ka samna karna chahye.Maya do something New to his program.

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  • Sana
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:49PM

    She only targeted/ exposed the lower middle class/ middle class. What about the immoral activities of the elite/ upper class. Why this divide here too? The show sent a signal that a common man can be degraded on TV but nothing happens to the elites who do the same but have the money to keep everything private.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 7:50PM

    we should lodge a FIR against her…. she want to be extra efficient….
    well very well step by CEO of Samaa…

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  • Sarah
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:51PM

    So wait, were Maya Khan & her production team acting independently? I’m not sure how it works really but I THINK all shows have to be approved at the top before airing?

    Why aren’t the Samaa people being held responsible for such irresponsibility?

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  • Gilani
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:51PM

    Good she got fired. We don’t need a moral police like in Saudi Arabia…

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 7:55PM

    this is an awesome news but she already got enough limelight in media what she wanted.. great step by samaa tv.

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  • Marium
    Jan 28, 2012 - 8:02PM

    empowered as a civil society at last ! trivial but important nevertheless !

    Thankyou

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  • Irshad Khan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 8:06PM

    Whats about those anchors who are arranging furious discussions on TV channels and passing sarcastic remarks about public personalities: And whats about those anchors who are behaving like philosophers, sages and final authority on any subject which they have not been taught. Whats about those anchors who are spreading hatred amongst masses. Whats about those anchors who are behaving like cheap film actors and fashion models. Whats about those anchors who are on pay role and clearly work for some political party and deface other rival parties. Whats about those anchors who spread rumours and create tension and panic in public. What`s about those anchors who are creating all type of hatred amongst public through their poisonous words full of venom and also highly objectionable body language and faces spitting hatred and eyes throwing fire on their innocent viewers. Same is valid on some so called expert analysts.

    Maya Khan has recorded and aired quite a good number of useful and eye opening programmes on TV channels. She has always been soft spoken and very selective in use of civilised language. She looks very kind hearted and very touchy lady, a very good human being and a capable daughter of some highly civilised and educated family. I think a lot of anchors who believe only in money making and have very narrow thinking have been jealous to her resulting into a large hue and cry based on bherh chal. She is being un-necessarily criticised, harassed and teased. Yes, she made a mistake but it is excusable/condone-able due to her formidable performance, Samaa should not lose a good personality on the pursuance of their competitors.

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  • sue MK
    Jan 28, 2012 - 8:08PM

    she and samaa should be sued for privacy violation nd putting future of couples in park at stake.Recommend

  • kashif
    Jan 28, 2012 - 8:10PM

    can we get rid of the government also?

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  • Taniya
    Jan 28, 2012 - 8:15PM

    I mean if she had been humble enough to apologise that would have been another case , Power to the people !!!!!
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  • shah samir ahmed
    Jan 28, 2012 - 8:15PM

    job done it all started with a open letter by mehreen kasana and the rest followed ………….atlast all of us got what we wanted and i think the rest of the anchors will stay within their limits from now on

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  • Umer Rasheed
    Jan 28, 2012 - 8:15PM

    Finally justice has been done. I hope it serves as a lesson to all such TV anchors.

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  • Umer Rasheed
    Jan 28, 2012 - 8:18PM

    Good riddance. Thanks to everyone who protested against it Facebook, Youtube, Twitter etc. And special thanks to Mehreen Kasana

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  • syed Asim Ali
    Jan 28, 2012 - 8:29PM

    Great news. She has done no good to media and to the minds our innocent women in the bracket of 40 – 55.

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  • justice to be done
    Jan 28, 2012 - 8:31PM

    So CEO saved the channel – obviously owners have to run their business ;)

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  • Sarah
    Jan 28, 2012 - 8:38PM

    @Ammar Khan: your question answers itself. Forcing someone to come on TV IS infringing their privacy!

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  • Asharib
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:01PM

    She should have been dragged to the court for her act as this was against the Rights of private and family life.. She used the right of Freedom of expression in a very wrong way. Indeed the whole media group should take into consideration right of privacy and thus work for the public interest. If I was among those people, I would have definitely sue her and her team and offcourse the channel as well. Those people can take her to court and ask for compensation.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 9:01PM

    Samaa TV management is equally( rather more) responsible for airing the content and owe an apology. Putting all the blame on the host is not justified, channel is responsible too.

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  • abidktk
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:04PM

    so sad yar, feeling so low

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  • Raza
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:08PM

    I don’t know anything about ‘rival groups’, but I do know that all rational common citizens were quite appalled by her act hence the online campaign and all. Glad to see it worked; kudos to all for making it happen. While I’m delighted that the lady won’t be hounding any more couples on Samaa TV, the fault is not hers alone; every show has producers, who surely would have known about the policing act, so her superiors must also be held accountable. Nonetheless this is great news; she got what she deserved!

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  • Malik
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:10PM

    If people could only learn from verbal warnings. Human beings are bound to make the same mistakes over and over again until they pay the real price for it. Next time you can ask a robber not to rob you and work out for yourself how effective is asking people not to do bad things. @faraz:

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  • Rehan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:14PM

    it was totally wrong and breach of privacy, she became police officer along with the gang, who were laughing and for them it was just fun, but ask those poor couple who were there, her action could take some one life, the gang were running behind poor couple and were catching them to come on tv, only because of rating? firing is not enough, FIR should be registered against her and the team.Recommend

  • Nieztsche
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:14PM

    Three cheers!
    Karma surely finds its way to hunt you.
    Good riddance, seriously.

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  • riz
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:23PM

    Thats great! Now lets start a campaign to ban stupid Indians awards/crap from our channels. We don’t wan’t shiela dancing during the prime time drama breaks.

    I don’t get the point…. If anyone wants to watch Indian they can very well do it by buying a DVD or going to the theater.

    Why force the ones who are quietly watching the local drama with family.

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  • omar mian
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:24PM

    why did zaffar took so much time . ???

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  • Ronuq
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:33PM

    Shame to All Negative Media compaigns, how you dare to attack on some
    Personal matters. It was not only fault of Maya Khan whole Paky Media is
    Showing Negative approach, you only watch negative points of our society
    And forget the real issues….
    No body wants to discuss about load shedding of Sui Gas/Petrol/Electricity
    But Non issues are discussed. We should steer the nation in right direction
    And change the path of 65 years of failures as a nation and develop strategy
    To survive as a nation than focussing on individual character.
    In my opinion Maya Khan was not only to be blamed as this was aired with
    Approval of the management and CEO should resign or atleast offer apology.

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  • IZ
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:44PM

    Kudos to Samaa for taking this step, but they really need to have a look at their editorial policies. This wasn’t the first time one of their TV personalities has crossed the line and they should try and figure out what kind of editorial guide-lines are being followed.Recommend

  • akbar
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:45PM

    I am glad cnbc (samaa) fired her.
    It was sickening to watch what she was doing by invading other peoples privacy.
    What gives her the right?
    She should wear a full veil and stay in her house now.

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  • Multan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:47PM

    What actually was wrong in the Show? I’m not ‘close-minded Islamic Conservative’ but this is what was done is REALITY, Are not Universities/Colleges are filled by this? Sacking Maya Khan from her JOB isn’t really matter, she will get another eventually, We should focus on the message of this ‘Dating culture’ instead of one who expose this TRUTH..

    You can hide reality but can’t go far from reality, I’m sure, If sacking trends goes on, it will good for those, who want to see new peoples on the TV, nothing else.

    Vulgarity should be stopped instead of stopping the broadcasting the reality…

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  • Riffat
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:48PM

    Well Done! at least happy but need more to do not let anchor to play with people.

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  • Godfather
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:58PM

    Thank God. We don’t need people like maya khan.

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  • Bisma Khan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:05PM

    Good. An example had to be set for all other anchors. Invading someone’s privacy is simply unacceptable. I saw the clip of tht controversial show and i was flabbergasted. the way all those women were behaving, running after couples and giggling … so shameful!

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  • Amal
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:12PM

    Good job Samaa Tv! Could this be the start of our Arab spring?

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  • moeed
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:13PM

    i am happy with this decision

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  • daniyal
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:14PM

    terminating maya is not the solution someone should file a proper case against samma tv maya and that antiesRecommend

  • Imran
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:20PM

    Good that she was fired. She totally crossed privacy limits. But those who allowed the show to go on air should be penalised too.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:24PM

    Democracy in action – this is a small example of how it should work.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 10:30PM

    Maya Khan has been a hardliner against social ills and sexual crimes. So I do think she is on the same page with other social workers. Firing her will fire off to Samaa. So Samaa should take care of itself and its employees. They are a team and they should know that.

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  • ishaq
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:31PM

    GOOD NEWS for Audience.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 10:37PM

    Not recommeded .Maya is marvellous and bold lady, she always highlighted the sensitive and neglected issues of the society; where other anchor were reluctant to speak due to fear of the society and dropping of ranking. Maya, i think, deserves to be credited , not fire her in this style. Salam to brave lady.

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  • Fahad
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:44PM

    Immoral and unethical act. SAMA has fired her to eliminate its responsiblity. SAAMA is also involved in all this and should be charged for it

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  • shaheena
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:45PM

    She did this in WRONG manner. it will cause social problems for a number of girls. I donot favour terminating her team.

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  • MUHAMMAD KAUKAB
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:50PM

    Maya deserved it as she became virtually a nuisance and had exceeded her limits, and became a self-appointed guardian of morality and wanted to impose her own morality to the public at large. Journalist are not required to be adjudicator of morality, but only to expose the things which is illegal. Is dating illegal in Pakistan, although the couples dating before marriage has a positive aspect also which provides them an oppurtunity to understand each othe before marriage lest who has given her the authority to intrude into the private lives of individuals. She should know that that the greatest jurist HLA Hart staed that the basis of legislation is tp prevent harm to others and law has nothing to do wirh morality, as it is a relative term it includes one bias, prejudices and hatred as such sin, vices or morality cannot be legislated, state has nothing to do with private affairs of the citizens which do not harm others. So she should have concentrated on illegal activities prevalent in society rather than go on moral-policing.
    Other, anchors who thinks themselves to be the self appointed guardians of morality should learn a lesson from this episode specially the anchor who conducts a program on a popular TV channel when he conducted raid on the Hawks Bay Cottages and intruded into the privacy of citizens also deserved to be fired as they dont believe in journalistic etics. Lets see whether that channel also take similar action against the anchor to remind them that anchors are not moral police men and should not enforce their morality on citizens and discard their parental approach as every adult knows what is right or wrong for him and need not be guided in their personal behaviour. Hope the Channel aqlso take similar action.Recommend

  • Salveena Ameen Lakhani
    Jan 28, 2012 - 10:55PM

    There was no need to fire her. what u ppl r looking at is one phase..What she intended was not wrong..And what about the past shows she conducted? ppl always forget about her good sides, the good shows she conducted. that had left a deep impact on the ppl and the viewers …And the show she conducted about the raid was also a lesson for the modern generation.That show was planned just to make the modern generation realize that the were going on a wrong path…I m totally against the decision nd I expect Maya Khan to be back on the show..If not on the basis of apology then on the basis of her past conducted shows..Recommend

  • sabir
    Jan 28, 2012 - 11:09PM

    Neither MAYA is the last host nor SAMA is the only channe showing that kind of non-sense, almost every pakistani channel have air such shows.
    We are in dare need of regulatory laws to stop making fun of our country and public.

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  • Hareem Khan
    Jan 28, 2012 - 11:15PM

    I don’t think it is the solution to this problem. Maya was only a host. And the show would definitely not have been aired w/o the knowledge of Samaa. So why are they sacking Maya and blaming her for all the dirt that they were a part of, too??! Until and unless the mentality of media entities changes, these things will continue to happen, no matter who gets fired.Recommend

  • Sana R
    Jan 28, 2012 - 11:29PM

    I don’t know about you but I guess the CEO should be fired.

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  • Iqbal Hussain
    Jan 28, 2012 - 11:36PM

    It’s a good action from Sama TV – I encourage SAMA management – Journalism freedom does not mean to interrupt or intrude into others privacy. Unequivocally Maya should have accepted her error but arrogantly she refused to apologize with the nation. It’s a triumph of social respect which depends upon all of us to maintain and respect other’s family.

    Certainly Sama TV did not ask her to do such video footage or such nasty interview from the couple or the visitors. How insanely the groups of ladies along with Maya were chasing the visitors in the park. It was giving impression that they are catching some criminal/ terrorist, literally they were running even trying to grip the hands those were leaving the park.
    I saw this video it was really horrible that how Maya & group of ladies smelling the presence of the visitors and trying to catch them. It’s a public park, anybody can go there and can talk with each other, it may be a family, It may be a couple, it may be a newlywed couple or it may be a lover and beloved but what Maya is supposed to do.

    It’s a pure private business & should not be criteria of educated people to jump into other’s matter. It will be a lesson for others as well. Respect others privacy. Don’t be so smart, these days where everywhere we have tense environment if somebody goes to Public Park he/she does not keep the copy of matrimonial deed to proof that they are spouse. Be vibrant, liberal and positive instead to live in fool paradise.Recommend

  • Rahman
    Jan 28, 2012 - 11:36PM

    I find it strange that the networks management has been so easily ‘let off the hook’. Firing the anchor is typical of our hypocritical attitudes of ‘killing the messenger’ instead of objectively and honestly looking at the core issues which gave and will always give rise to such acts.

    What are these core issues? To start with how about management adopting a code of ethics which governs its content; (since we cannot reasonably expect such trivial matters to rouse PEMRA officials from their moronic slumber), screening content to ensure compliance before screening, and more importantly accepting full and unambiguous responsibility for airing this program.

    While the anchor should have been fired before she was even hired, I believe that management should accept its part in the tragedy, as doing anything else would tantamount to a dereliction of their moral and corporate responsibility.

    And while I was at it, I would also ask for the heads of Senior Management, served to me on a silver plate.

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  • Hammad
    Jan 28, 2012 - 11:39PM

    I personally want to thank the higher Management of Sama TV headed by Zafar Siddiqi for firing Maya Khan along with the production team.This step truely reflects that sanity prevails amongst the top management of Sama Tv and the justice has been served to those whose privacy was violated by a senseless Moral Brigade headed by Maya Khan.

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  • zainab
    Jan 28, 2012 - 11:51PM

    @Mohammed Abbasi:

    Shariah law doesn’t allow two unmarried people to walk around together as well

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  • zainab
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:00AM

    @Hussain:

    Samaa TV took action…I think you guys should now leave this matter alone….and get back to your normal lives

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  • S.Shk
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:01AM

    ‘Rival Groups’… No, its not rival groups its actually the TV watching masses. She still doesn’t seem to understand why this was wrong. Oh well, now that she has been fired and has time on her hands she can think about her actions and take responsibility instead of blaming others.
    Samaa TV really have set a great example. well done.

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  • Mudassir
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:05AM

    Maya did wrong but they made her a escape goat. The fact is, whatever is aired on the TV is the responsibility of whole management.

    Besides that, I did not expect this from her. She is a senior TV anchor and I remember seeing her around for a very long time, like more than 10 years or so. I did not expect such a level of immaturity and irresponsibility from her.

    She was a huge disappointment. I feel sorry for her but she deserved it.

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  • Ahmad Sheikh
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:08AM

    the media should know its limits. you simply cant interfere in someone’s personal matters. so the media meniac’s pls hold your horses.

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  • Ali
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:20AM

    I can’t see how Maya Khan was doing anything wrong, she has a freedom to do whatever shows she likes.The only problem is the way she has done it.She went too far, attempting to talk to other couples while shooting with camera despite they clearly not cooperating.The problem is not of the show, but the way it was manifested. In fact i think it was a wise idea, showing where our society is going.
    It was a public place, she could make movies, talk to other people but only if they are cooperating.If they say No, it means clear no and their privacy should be respected.
    Otherwise its a serious criminal offense, and an FIR should be filed against her.However I believe the idea of catching couples was intriguing if done in the right way.

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  • Qasim Jadoon
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:23AM

    She shouldn’t have been fired. The internet campaign had already fallen really low to defame her; firing her was uncalled for.

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  • Qasim Jadoon
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:25AM

    Firing her was uncalled for. She had already been attacked by the internet campaign. She shouldn’t have been fired.

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  • Ali S
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:29AM

    I hope Maya enjoys the sweet taste of justice. Now sit at home smugly with your self-righteous aunty friends since you’ve become a joke in the media industry and the public – the only person she degraded more than the couples is herself, and if her attitude that “a vicious media campaign led to her being fired” is anything to go by, she’ll degrade herself some more. Samaa TV’s decision is commendable this time but it needs to realize that it has to keep a lid on its presenters BEFORE a controversy erupts (anyone remember Mehr Bokhari glorifying Salman Taseer’s murder?)

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  • affaf zahid
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:38AM

    god bless

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  • Muhammad ZiaurRahman
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:39AM

    Well done Samaa. Now it is the duty of the state to initiate action against Maya Khan and her team for taking law in their hands and violated personal freedom. Her action was outrageous to say the least

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  • anonymous
    Jan 29, 2012 - 1:00AM

    khan you should not intrrupe othres life b/c we all know that what is good or bad?

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  • Khalid
    Jan 29, 2012 - 1:18AM

    @MAHER ALI:
    Valid what? Who is she? Moral police? What is her or anyone’s right to harrass people. Mind your own goddamn business.

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  • Homa
    Jan 29, 2012 - 1:20AM

    Who will punish the tv channel now for not respecting individual privacy and for terrorizing citizens visiting parks?

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  • still a better love story than twilight

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  • naima
    Jan 29, 2012 - 1:39AM

    i think evrybody’s point has finally come across but going as far as sacking evrybody from the production crew as well i think is a bit harsh..they probably had no role to play in this viscious moral drama that has been played.i think only the people who were responsible directly for coming up with this idea n bringing it on the screen should have been fired..not the poor cameraman or d spot boy..thats jus collateral damage..and yet another wrong.

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  • Farida
    Jan 29, 2012 - 1:51AM

    @Hassan:
    Hey guess take a break one person cant be responsble for this action.This is the team work including the group who led this go on air I think that team should be the the one to be fired.We need some justice here.

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  • Farida
    Jan 29, 2012 - 1:53AM

    @Dr. Asadullah Syed:
    I certainly agree and people can make mistake after all we r human beings

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  • Khurram Shahzad
    Jan 29, 2012 - 1:54AM

    @MS-Mariya Suhail: you r 100% rite…

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  • Farida
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:01AM

    Its not just her… the whole team should be blamed especially the team who let it go on air.It was unjustify to Maya.Its the team work.

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  • Fahad Raza
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:03AM

    I remember Waqar Zakka doing the same thing some times back on ARY Now he hosts the crappy show of Who dares win ? She’ll be back I think.

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  • Nasir
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:20AM

    The issue raised was a very genuine issue. Dating shall not be supported at all. Maya’s way to address the issue was wrong, she should have engaged some senior citizens, politicians & religious personalities to develop consensus before taking the matter in her hands or she could leave the decision in viewers hand as most of the talk shows & morning shows do.

    On the other side, I am painfully surprised how many people are supporting Dating & calling it interference in personal!!! you are sitting in a public place, a Park to be particular.. is it a private place?? Wish the supporters understand the out come of such a lousy act. This is not interference in privacy but promoting illegal relationship building. Today we are supporting open dating, tomorrow we will support adultery, then unmarried couples, then illegal child birth & this will go on & on and Pakistan will become a society with almost Zero ethical values. We are unfortunately trying to copy west in protecting & preaching such rights.

    So called Social media has taken us far away from religion, it is apparently re-shaping our faith, belief & social system. We shall not follow Social Media blindly as it has got negative features as well & the overall Majority Support (majority is authority) is one of the examples.

    May Allah bless us with righteous approach towards life. Ameen

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  • Nasir
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:23AM

    @Shahid: we shall be worried about teachings of Islam & our society not the West. This is our problem that we copy negativity from west & feel that we are becoming developed country. Please remember that we have to answer Allah not the west on the day of judgement.

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  • Nasir
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:27AM

    @Homa: wow… personal privacy at a open public place. what a statement.

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  • Nasir
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:29AM

    @sue MK: Oho…. privacy in a Park?????? open for all to see!!!!

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  • Insomniac
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:32AM

    People’s power, don’t take them lightly. A lesson for all anchors, political and religious leaders.
    Cheers!

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  • Anila
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:35AM

    Good Riddance! It’s time the electronic media in Pakistan becomes serious about the responsibility that comes with the trade…stop hiring people who possess the gift of the gab,or good looks but no grey matter or ethics!
    Samaa has taken a step in the right direction…well done!

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  • Junaid Atif
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:38AM

    I dont even know who she is but i am glad shes fired.. serves her right.. You gotta take accountability of what you do .. thats what makes ur work interesting.. Love the concept of hire and fire!

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  • Jan 29, 2012 - 2:51AM

    Mr. Zafar and the whole senior management of SAMAA TV deserve appreciation for the progressive act, i believe anchor persons will get a strong message, that the people of this country are not only listening to whatever they are saying

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  • Jan 29, 2012 - 2:57AM

    No problem, apply to another channel with a newly corrected CV. Pakistan is becoming the land of opportunities for media people.

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