Morning show host Maya Khan fired from Samaa TV

Published: January 28, 2012
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Maya Khan confirms that she has been fired from Samaa TV.

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

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

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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  • Super Pak
    Jan 29, 2012 - 3:30AM

    @MS-Mariya Suhail:
    Calm down, its was a tv show not a genocide.

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  • Raz
    Jan 29, 2012 - 4:28AM

    You guys should be concentrating on saving Pakistan by firing the incompetent politicians in government and not some third class tv presenter. what is all fuss about honestly. There are greater things to worry about.

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  • Waqas Khan
    Jan 29, 2012 - 4:41AM

    @Umair: Best news was Pakistan raping England :P … then this …. what a good day it was …:D Power to the people …

    @Shahid: Its not about classes … Please stop thinking this is about dating … its about invasion of privacy and personal space in a public place… its not your place to care about other peoples lives, and their discomfort and embarrassment is not up for your entertainment …It is criminal … go watch some movie for your cheap thrills …

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  • Mujtaba
    Jan 29, 2012 - 4:45AM

    A good Day for Pakistan , Pakistan defeated england and Maya khan fired. A good news after a very long time. Let us all celebrate as we celebrate new year :D

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  • skrenata
    Jan 29, 2012 - 5:36AM

    She deserved it. Thanks to all the people who took part in the online compaign against her.

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  • Amber Ghaffar
    Jan 29, 2012 - 7:27AM

    could not believe that Maya Khan has reached to this point of insanity ….Its high time for morning show that before hiring these so called anchors some media ethics should be taught.Mam ,you cant record any one without their prior permission ,you cant lie to them that camera s are off and kept recording …..the worst is ,that she did this non sense with Lower class folks who can t afford to sit in restaurants ,If some middle upper class one has been caught this way ,she might ve been sued.how can one be so Idiotic for rating ..

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  • Shaesta
    Jan 29, 2012 - 7:48AM

    Why,Is everybody dislikes realities?

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  • fairhope
    Jan 29, 2012 - 8:40AM

    I am proud that for once we have spoken up against WRONG and the result is amazing.
    Let her pay for her arrogance and her bilittling.She should’nt be hired by any other TV channel.
    Lets this be an example for other TV anchors aswell.Recommend

  • Shah
    Jan 29, 2012 - 9:13AM

    Great news….!

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  • Jan 29, 2012 - 9:18AM

    I am the regular caller of many shows.i was watching MAYA KHAN show since he begins wid ARY she ws doing good..but she got overconfident and start poking her nose in peoples persnal matter,i intimate her pls don tmake ur show GERRYSPRINGER show when she present a teacher student lovers,but unfortunatly she did not realise even the the producer and team did not realise whts going wrong.MORAL ploicning is not an agers job.Morning show mus tbe like morning shows based on entertainment abd information. SAMA realise this so action will be taken right.

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  • Riffat
    Jan 29, 2012 - 9:27AM

    Well done but lots more need to do…

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  • raw is war
    Jan 29, 2012 - 9:37AM

    some sense at least

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  • naive
    Jan 29, 2012 - 9:39AM

    A good move from sama but not good enough. Maya should be banned from holding a mike. She should be also banned from going in front of a TV camera for the rest of her life.

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  • Nouman Zafar
    Jan 29, 2012 - 10:17AM

    Maya deserved this. Nobody has the right to interfere into anybody’s private life. She crossed her limits and should be brought to court.

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  • A Concerned Pakistani
    Jan 29, 2012 - 10:26AM

    Mulla Maya should not be let off this easy…….. People should start making VDOs of her activities and post them on youtube. She will know what she did wrong.

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  • Muzammal ahmad
    Jan 29, 2012 - 10:28AM

    This is exactly which was everyone demanded.I was emberrased to see that show on facebook and youtube.she deserved it.such public places are the only option for community belonging to lower socioeconomic status for making outings and to have their private time for eachother and may be they can’t afford going into fast-food outlets n hotels .Maya khan act was just to deprive this community of their right of their maternal freedom.that lady did the height of unethical act never supposed or expected from an educated an sensible woman.She must be convicted and made public apology for this breach of morally Ill behavior .samma tv must be sued too as how it is possible that such programme can go air without letting the concerned authorities proofreadings done.this is unresponsible and non profession attitude on the management of tv channel .

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  • abbas
    Jan 29, 2012 - 10:36AM

    I have seen all those comments mentioned above but I feel every comment is entirely based on perception being created about Maya khan. she is not wrong just only for that PARK episode, she is wrong for so many things for example her show in month of October was about a fight between girl and her mother which is Extremely Personal issue, then playing with the sensitive issues of the families for cheap TRP. my questions are to those who are still have soft corner for Maya

    1 why she haven’t discussed about her scandal with Ahmed Jahanzeb
    2 did she ever called him on her programme
    3 dating is wrong for school goings but isn’t it wrong to show live dancing with a guy on TV
    4 if dancing like this is not wrong then why we do social boycotts of girls who show mujra in stage dramas.

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  • Jan 29, 2012 - 10:50AM

    She must say sorry to all
    other wise she should stay fired….

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  • Saleem Khan
    Jan 29, 2012 - 10:58AM

    It is not responsibility of Individual to check others…if state do not interfere then no one has right to intervene in others matters. Well, it is good suggestion that some one must follow her and see what are her own activities. She also not seems a baby girl.

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  • Riffat
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:02AM

    Well done and lots more need to be done to resist such type of host and show

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  • Noshaba
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:04AM

    I am so glad Samaa Tv took the right decision as Maya was going over the board and if she didn’t stop someone would have let the skeletons out of her closet too.

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  • Nanni
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:14AM

    She was such a pseudo achor and a drama queen .Proud of the channels decision.

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  • bukhtiar
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:16AM

    its worng maya khan is not responsible…..

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  • Sundus
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:21AM

    Amazing news.I guess we weren’t expecting such results and it is a pleasant surprise to everyone just because for once — the right thing was done :) Thank you sama tv. I hope you will be more responsible for what you air now.
    PS: why were the jobs of the team terminated? those poor people are only doing what they are told and have no say in things.

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  • Jan 29, 2012 - 11:34AM

    Hahaha! TV channels succumbing to secular values…

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  • Imran
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:39AM

    She deserves it,what a stupid lady

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  • Muhammad
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:41AM

    I dont understand that why an approach to uncover the anti-social and anti-religion activities has been stopped. It may be done under pressure of minor secular elements in a majority (silent) people of “Muslim Country”.

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  • nadeem
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:43AM

    Two things happened in the last few days which offer a ray of hope for a new Pakistan: First, Maya Khan got fired for thinking that this is still 1985. And second, the army’s coup went bust because they thought this is still 1977. Pakistan Zindabad.

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  • Sajjad Qamar
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:45AM

    She is still of the view that what she did was right. I’m thinking that she should be brought before the justice, so that can be a lesson to all.

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  • imran
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:48AM

    I appriciate Maya for doing such a dare thing like this. Because now a days this become a fashion of society. every one wants the freedom. We didn’t want to bound ourselves. Even from our parents.Recommend

  • Mark
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:54AM

    Miss Maya i have never seen your show but I read about your episode about raiding a public park, I was very surprised and all I have to say is that was very wrong.

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  • Silent observer
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:00PM

    Move on people. Maya lost her job and you won. Sadly social media lost the battle with Aamir Liaqat and his infamous cussing which too went viral and caused a lot of debate. (Ghalib film dekhi haye aap naye ?) Now that is one host that I would have loved to see taken to task and held accountable for his hypocrisy.

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  • Nasir
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:05PM

    @Saleem Khan: If Govt. is silent on such issues & busy in meeting its own vested interests, such actions become inevitable by concerned individuals. Maya Khan didn’t had wrong mind set, she only adopted the undesired way of addressing the issue. I suggest that we all should not target the personality but the Issue & lets decide that is Dating a Okay thing or not?

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  • Dr. Kamran
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:10PM

    Maya Khan has crossed limits before, she was involved in showing and then promoting a fake person showing his body depicting the name of ALLAH, probably for this reason she had a humiliating exit from the media scene, and she deserves that, now no media will gonna hire her.

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  • annee
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:19PM

    veryy bad decision .. for once anyone here thought about the people whose bred and butter was this show ? does this decision affect me or you . NO .. does it affect maya khan .. NO she is pretty well off and already getting offers from other channels .. does this affect the people ( who i firmly believe were equally at fault ) .. A BIG NO .. but this stupid decision deos affect families of the makeup man the camera man the spot boy and many like them .. why we as a nation are such emotional fools ?

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  • khizar
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:29PM

    Sounds Good well done rotten eggs should be thrown out…

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  • Raza
    Jan 29, 2012 - 12:46PM

    Good news.

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  • jamal
    Jan 29, 2012 - 1:28PM

    she is not be only held responsible, but the whole samaa tv should be banned..

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  • Atif
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:05PM

    Great Work samaa TV!

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  • MS-Mariya Suhail
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:19PM

    Maya was not the only evil character in the park harassement drama but other individuals who should be named and shamed. Just found out that the lady in green dupatta is Urooj Moiz, daughter of Dr Moiz Hussain.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqCRxTkziR0 go to 11:21

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH2iiGukE8w

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  • Unknown
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:41PM

    first time i really appreciate Mr. Zafar Siddiqui for his decision if this is true >>>>>>>

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  • tayyab
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:42PM

    u guys the samaa team hav done a wonderful job! hats off to u guys i mean who is she to get involved in some 1ns persnl life? 1 shuold stick to its own buisness n whea da hel on earth a MORNING SHOW host go in parks n try to catch dating coupls? she should beter get a life frst

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  • Abdul Rashid
    Jan 29, 2012 - 3:00PM

    I have not seen that specific video but whatever I have heard about or noticed on several TV talk shows about that event.Maya Khan did a fantastic job.She should be appreciated but in Pakistan every thing occurs in the opposite direction.Sorry to say about our country,One who should go to jail gets the reward,and one who should get the reward,is fired(like Maya khan)or sent to jail.As far as I think CEO Sama TV did the worst job in his career.
    BEST OF LUCK MAYA.
    From Abdul Rashid
    ([email protected])

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  • Kashan
    Jan 29, 2012 - 3:16PM

    Nothing but just media hype. She will be back on the same channel in 10 days time. Remember the Bolta Pakistan episode where the anchor was fired from the channel and after 3 days he was back on the channel.

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  • Asif Shaikh
    Jan 29, 2012 - 4:05PM

    if Amir Liaquat hussain Can switch channels despite being most controversial personality in today’s media. no doubt he’s a from a very very strong “LOBBY” . so it’s a business for anchors and channels, A matter of loss n profit. and Maya will be seen again on other channel. and thats unfortunate to see these morning show drama makers again on screen.

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  • Kashif
    Jan 29, 2012 - 4:21PM

    it Means from onward no body contributes towards change.

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  • Sameer
    Jan 29, 2012 - 4:30PM

    Ladies and gentleman, the court has been adjourned. But seriously, she still believes that she was right and that this was all some ploy to “dethrone” her. WowRecommend

  • nawaz
    Jan 29, 2012 - 4:34PM

    Aaah MAYA KHAN Another martyred in the fight against foreign invasion on Islamic culture. Do not Worry Maya Khan thousands of parents are with and thankful to YOU if any child refrains from dating.

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  • Xil
    Jan 29, 2012 - 4:40PM

    what maya khan did was wrong and after give it a deep though i think what she was trying to stop was wrong as well …. and some how as a nation we have come to a point as a nation that we thin if a boy and girl wants to go in to parks and make out ( kiss hug touch etc.) we think its there own personal matter. How did we get here well i think because of maya kahn what she did inverted the affect of what she wanted to so … lets us all wait and see

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  • Sidra
    Jan 29, 2012 - 4:43PM

    I believe, CEO Zafar Siddiqui should be fired as well.. Being the leader of the channel, if something got aired without his knowledge then he is not good enough to sit on that seat! He has fired MK to save his ownself..

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  • ALI MALIK
    Jan 29, 2012 - 5:40PM

    Media should not cross the their limits and morning show anchor persons are not gods excuse me what the heck are they people doing in morning shows some one was advising the girls about taking divorce from their husband, another one is spoiling the peopled relations. Morning shows must be stopped. What are they people doing in it, yoga with old lady , dance with young girls. I saw like maya khan dancing on the show is this the culture of Pakistan if not than why she was “maring chappas “in public park she is not farishta. Recommend

  • Jan 29, 2012 - 5:43PM

    She should not have been fired…..I mean you see there are rich people on the above involved in the looting and killing…….un ko koi kuch nhn kehta aur koi chota banda choti se ghalti krta hay aur us ko itni barri saza di jati hay………shame on the society……..

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  • SAIF
    Jan 29, 2012 - 5:46PM

    good decision by sama tv…

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  • Jan 29, 2012 - 6:21PM

    one thing which has always hurt me most is tv anchors mornning/news go to houses where death has occured they push their mikes to grief stricken family and ask how they felt when they heard tee sad news what they are going to do after they are done with burrial and many insensitive questions when body is still in the house please media people think once if anchors or management are in victims shoes…..

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  • Aadi Virgo
    Jan 29, 2012 - 6:27PM

    She could do this job in nice manner instead of running behind couples she could just ask individuals opinion or students but she was overconfident

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  • Rashid khan
    Jan 29, 2012 - 7:00PM

    @MS-Mariya Suhail: 100% AGREE WITH U

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  • athar mahmood
    Jan 29, 2012 - 7:09PM

    it should be happen…thanks smaaa

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  • USMANx
    Jan 29, 2012 - 7:09PM

    It’s so nice to hear about terminations in Pakistan. It means there is accountability.

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  • sarah
    Jan 29, 2012 - 7:15PM

    i think all the aunties should be fined..and yes its end for MAYA KHAN.park is dating is name for lower middle class people while higher classes call it friendship, y dunt u go and check resturants, clubs..y only parks..

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  • Sadia
    Jan 29, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Being a mother of a daughter i think what maya did is absolutly right n maya should not be sorry for this act when these people who r critisising maya became parent then they understand what she did is right may be this kind of her act stop youngster to stop doing these shameful meetingRecommend

  • saima
    Jan 29, 2012 - 7:58PM

    maaya we love u u r right no need to say sorry anyone.

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  • DevilHunterX
    Jan 29, 2012 - 8:00PM

    And the fall in sin continues.

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  • Navy
    Jan 29, 2012 - 8:39PM

    If you people feel that it is true…………so Shame on you……A Lady he did suppose that he is wrong he made mistake agreed…………..but the biggest mistake maker of this Country our politicians………they are still doing what they want……….why not we people make non issue to an issue ………………why not v people make over an issue………..who are taking our lives our energies our money our everything………why not we take charge over the politicans…..till how long we will keep doing these dramas………..kab tak kab tak akhir kab tak……………..keep thinking………Good Bless you all………….(Trust me I not follower of Maya…..I dont like her But….Jo hay Wo Hay)))))…Recommend

  • Sumera
    Jan 29, 2012 - 9:03PM

    I never expected such a stupid show from Maya Khan. Who gave her the right to do that anyways!

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  • zaraar shah
    Jan 29, 2012 - 9:04PM

    At lost Maya is fired after a vicious media compaign by her rival media and the so called Liberals,the champions of human rights,women rights and free speech.But they Forget that Pakistan is an Isamic country and not a liberal one,created on a two nation theory and under the slogan ” Pakistan ka matlab kya LA ILAHA ILA ALLAH “.But today we had forgoten why our forefathers separated from India. They see the Western moral values as the standard , which suit the West but not an Islamic country. Onone hand the Liberals Advocate the couples doing immoral activities in Parks,Public places , net Cafes , the Pop and Rock culture , the Interest based economy and call it enlightment . On the other hand they criticise Blasphemy and Shria Laws as cruel. If u r against Islamic Laws , that are the laws given by Allah and not by the so called fundamentalist Mullahs.then u have no right to be called muslims.If Liberalism was the goal then what was the point in separation from India.

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  • Yawer Amin
    Jan 29, 2012 - 9:18PM

    Well the point which maya wanted to raise was right, awareness should be spread. But the way maya did, was absolutely wrong.she has NO RIGHT to invade public privacy .

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  • Ayesha Aftab Khan
    Jan 29, 2012 - 9:23PM

    As far as i think, her intention was good. No doubt she interfered in people’s personal life but there is no other way to present the true condition or real picture of an area without doing thisRecommend

  • f&f
    Jan 29, 2012 - 9:50PM

    I belive this is a right time take a step on these so called morning shows,FOR THE SAKE OF RATINGS they are playing game against our culture.They are promoting on the name of awareness ” the ignornace”.we can give them direction through our internet tools.These channels promoting dance,mixgatherings,fashion all are leading our nation to the zawal.They can aware women by giving them information about cast voting,education,online courses,traffic disipline,garbage solutions etc that will be fruitful to our generation.Now valentine is coming another celebration for them.
    I hope some one will take initiative and start campaingn to save our culture and nation.Recommend

  • ahmed
    Jan 29, 2012 - 10:15PM

    well done gud job saama tv….

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  • HA
    Jan 29, 2012 - 10:30PM

    No show Can be produced without prior information and approval from The production management. Along with Maya The head of programming should also have been fired. But if course Mr Zafar would not dó that to his best buddy so hé let Maya go!*

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  • aryann khan
    Jan 29, 2012 - 11:57PM

    she deserve more than this but well done not samaa youth of pakistan

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  • Ali
    Jan 30, 2012 - 12:19AM

    She deserved this.. she’s got no right to do this with people..!

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  • Danny Josef Haris
    Jan 30, 2012 - 12:39AM

    Media in EU and US have taken a lot of time to mature however given the opportunity of freedom to speech, it takes a lot of responsibility to deliver to the people across the country and the rest of the world, the truth but in the most appropriate manner with finesse. Unfortunately, during my short stay in Pakistan, I observed that Pakistan’s media requires a lot of maturity especially the way country’s image is being projected to the entire world. Loving and warm people with beautiful places to visit giving a foreigner the very taste of scenic drives through the terrains, I am grieved to hear or see such incidents.
    Having said that, it’s media’s utmost responsibility to project a positive image of the country and encouraging foreigners to visit this country and depicting a good image of the most talented people of Pakistan. Terminating such irresponsible anchors and their crew would most certainly set a good example who grab their cameras and microphones to invade the privacy of others by crossing the moral boundaries in the name of piousness and justice.

    Thank you and with regards from Germany.

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  • Bilal
    Jan 30, 2012 - 1:01AM

    I think there should be a follow up interview by an independent moderator with Maya Khan ….. coz i wanna see her cry for being unemployed now LOL

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  • Babar Durrani
    Jan 30, 2012 - 1:19AM

    We all appreciate the step taken by Samaa TV. From the Day it was happen all the ppl i know had stopped Waching Samaa TV.After This step I hope so many ppl will again start to watch Samaa TV>

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  • Ejaz Perdesi
    Jan 30, 2012 - 1:48AM

    Mr, Zafar Siddique, what is taking you so long? Large majority of viewers have given their verdict. This women should have been shown the door instantly. She has gleefully hurt many people immensely without any remorse. Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2012 - 2:29AM

    Its a bitter reality of our society, Maya has done nothing wrong in a show, she was just showing the reality to the people and we have to accept it.

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  • Samina Haider
    Jan 30, 2012 - 2:36AM

    I never thought I would live to say this but if if someone is attacking this Maya woman in front of me I will never raise one finger to help, am soooooo fuming seething angry right now , I want to hug and console those poor children who were so mercilessly attacked by these draconian ugly evil vigilantes HOW DARE THEY gang up on these poor hapless kids, she and her gang should be sent to a lonely island and NEVER allowed back in civilizationRecommend

  • Ali Wazir
    Jan 30, 2012 - 4:35AM

    She did not serve to get fired. Much worse stuff goes on in TV. The apology was enough….
    But on a side not SAMMA is also owned by CNBC??. so Out of the top five channels three are owned by American Corporations directly…Scary

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  • Maya-Is-Great
    Jan 30, 2012 - 4:54AM

    Totally injustice with Maya. Shame on those who behaved Maya in such third rated way. She highlighted only, that Parents and family should know about young ladies whereabouts.Young girls are killed & raped on daily basis due to these “secret” datings. Not a single woman face was shown. They all were already in Naqabs on their face!! Some were so religious, having gloves on their hands! Maya, you have done nothing bad. You will soon get much much better job!

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  • surriya
    Jan 30, 2012 - 8:46AM

    let me assure u that we are not fool enough to understand who has pressurized u people to treat her like that……we could predict it when she was was boldly exposing the corrupt BUT INFLUENTIAL people…..u have done nothing but destroyed your image….we are sure now, that even your NEWS are influenced!!!!!! if u r interesting in earning only, then conentrate on entertainment programmes rather than social awareness or news!

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  • Scorpion
    Jan 30, 2012 - 8:51AM

    i think what ever happens is correct
    her responsibility is to give a prove to a concern department not to take a action and running after people

    hope that other anchor persons on different channel will have a lesson to learn from all of this conspiracy

    and 1 more thing if we raise the voice for a valid and justified point, people will listen to them and take an appropriate action on the same

    so people keep your eyes open and always raise the voice on the thing which is going wrong

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  • Farzaan Hashmi
    Jan 30, 2012 - 9:24AM

    Maya khan has no right to interfere in someone’s personal matters. Good work Samaa TV.

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  • Dahdaokha
    Jan 30, 2012 - 9:40AM

    I think sama channel must have already made some policy and their monitors r supposed to make these programmes to go on air when they r in the limits, then why to put blame on Maya khan & team on the other hand r we ready to allow these things to b practised before marraige better to follow law of Islam othewise get ready for Talibans.Recommend

  • Khalil Jibran
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:11AM

    All News Channles should come under some privacy Law to which they usually break to find a Breaking News.
    Examples of breakingNews.
    One lost boy was found by police in LAYYAH
    Motor cyclist hit by tractor trolly.
    Police failed to apprehend the Street Crime culprits in Badami Bagh

    HA HA ,
    None of the breaking News reported by all Channel is breaking , This even not a News for the whole country except LAYYAH ( or any other Small place)

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  • mike
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:32AM

    The channel did the right thing…. even she had apologised , this should serve as a deterent to other achors who think they get away with anything…

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  • Farhan Usman
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:33AM

    Maya khan’s act was very very unethical.Recommend

  • hina
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:42AM

    SAMAA is equally responsible. so why people are asking to punish maya khan alone?

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  • Mumlook
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:43AM

    This lady should be banned from TV as well.

    Urooj Moiz who was involved with Maya khan in the raid.Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2012 - 10:45AM

    All morning hosts shuold be banned now, they have earned enough money, the good prospects of their shows are little but there is alist of long, debateable unproductive outcomes of morning shows…..

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  • muhammad safdar durrani
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:47AM

    Sama administration have done good and timely decision.maya khan was looking aukward while running after the couples.this was nonesense.

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  • muhammad safdar durrani
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:51AM

    sama tv administration decision is good and timely.Recommend

  • Shahab
    Jan 30, 2012 - 11:08AM

    Maya Khan got exactly what she deserved. I am glad everyone took a stand. Indeed an example for all the anchors. They should know the consequences of irresponsible behavior.

    Those who believe we should all be working on removing incompetent politicians instead of the irresponsible media people, I agree with them to quite some extent. But this if not equally; was at least important.

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  • Waseem Molani
    Jan 30, 2012 - 11:08AM

    @Sonia Wahab:
    Nope She is not gonna sit at home, Actually she has a bright future ahead in a foreign country, But thanks though for giving her fame even though it was somewhat negative but now the whole world knows MAYA KHAN.

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  • S Qureshi
    Jan 30, 2012 - 11:35AM

    Great day for people of Pakistan. Lets keep an eye on media and never let them step on our rights and invade our privacy again.Recommend

  • Nabil
    Jan 30, 2012 - 11:55AM

    Xil and Nasir. The only two people to talk some sense!
    Let not what maya khan did distort your perception of right and wrong.

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  • Jan 30, 2012 - 11:58AM

    Thank God she;s been taken of the channel,but after the so called controvercial show where she did the moral policing, she continued to do more shows on sama,so Zafar Sidiqqi claiming he did absolve such behaviour irrespective of the ratings cant be true.he fired her because of the viewer presure.Next time when give someone a job on your channel be sure they really deserve it.Recommend

  • Truth writer
    Jan 30, 2012 - 12:13PM

    @ali:

    So you think what she did was right. great….. showing people on air without their approval is right ? Did they commiting any crime according to the constitution of Pakistan ? If they did was socially wrong and reflected the ill moral of the society then atleast Maya khan should not expose this becouse she herself used to visits dance party Recommend

  • Jan 30, 2012 - 12:25PM

    Maya khan & her team should NEVER be EVER Allowed to come on TV again

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  • Rehan
    Jan 30, 2012 - 12:36PM

    She crossed the limit, she has not right to invade other people privacy.

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  • Shahbaz Khan
    Jan 30, 2012 - 1:31PM

    Everyone has a right to privacy, what is un-ethical and immoral is a decision of Legislation and other higher authorities. There is no law in the country which is prohibiting or ristricting an unmarried couple to sit in public places, even policemen intrude such couples and irritate them and threat them inorder to take BRIBE, which should also be condemn. Its a very good move by Samaa Tv, in addition a petition should have been filed against Maya Khan for intruding and probing innocent people for no reason but for unnecessary publicity of the TV show.

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  • Kafka
    Jan 30, 2012 - 1:48PM

    Hope she is not picked by another TV station for a morning show

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  • Jahangir Khan
    Jan 30, 2012 - 2:05PM

    She deserved getting fired. Samma TV has done the right thing

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  • Abid
    Jan 30, 2012 - 4:16PM

    Dear Maya Khan, You did a remarkable Job. You deserve a salute from people like me who believe that family values be adhere to by all. And this date-culture should not be spread in our Society at any cost.

    @MS-Mariya Suhail:
    People like you will appreciate Maya’s Bold Action one day when you will be waiting for your high school or college going daughter (may be in the evening or night) a day. I hope that day will never come to you.

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  • sanna
    Jan 30, 2012 - 4:22PM

    @usman, shan, hasnat and all those who think Samaa has done the right thing:

    its a little difficult to accept that NOBODY else at Samaa TV knew abt what Maya Khan was up to, since Samaa were the ones who aired the show
    and like colonel mentioned, “they r pretending that the show was aired without their knowledge”
    seems more like that the channel wants to shove the dirt on one person (and her team) so that they may continue unscathed

    also, firing maya khan is really not the solution here, its more abt responsible journalism that the channel decided to forego when it aired the show

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  • Martx
    Jan 30, 2012 - 4:49PM

    The couples harassed in the park should pursue legal proceedings against the network as they were aired on television without their written/verbal consent.

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  • Hamid
    Jan 30, 2012 - 4:59PM

    Politicians should be dealt with same treatment as well.

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  • Quratulain
    Jan 30, 2012 - 6:21PM

    No, this should not be done, Maya did the right thing!!!!! There shld be some one to raise their voice against it, and not only raise voice but try to stop it!Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jan 30, 2012 - 6:35PM

    Great News! She should also be dragged to the court for her invasion of peoples’ privacy. All media personnel crossing lines to raise their show ratings should be fired and tried at the same time!

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  • Sak
    Jan 30, 2012 - 8:37PM

    ahhh the satisfaction i get reading this while watching maaya khan’s episode…what was she thinking? huh Recommend

  • sak
    Jan 30, 2012 - 8:51PM

    And the girl in green was talking about them being na-mehram ar the end… like what is wrong her? all the people you talked to were in burqas and she herself was without a dupatta on her head revealing a lot.. now isn’t she “na-mehram” for all the people watching her on tv and in the park? if she wants to talk islam then i think she’s the greater sinner..

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  • Singh
    Jan 30, 2012 - 9:05PM

    good news

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  • romeo
    Jan 30, 2012 - 9:45PM

    All the public parks in Karachi have turned into a red light area. You can watch illegal sex and immoral activities among the youngster and among the adults for free and there is no law or enforcement agency to protect the integrity and respect of the park. Girls and boys of all ages are engaged in sex and immoral activities without any hindrance and they dont pay any charges to it. The parks have become a sex den for all the youngster and adults. You can find these similar scenes if you visit western countries where sex and immoral activities are done in open and are free. I have seen all these activities with my naked eyes and I didnt raise any question because the law enforcement agencies are a part of it. If I say anything I would be taken to task and I dont want my life to be in jeopardy.

    I highly appreciate host Maya Khan and his team for their courage to bring these illegal sexual and immoral activities to the knowledge of the public but I strongly condemn the Sama Channel who have sacked her. Instead Maya Khan should have been eulogized and praised for such an effort but sorry to say people who do not support Maya Khan for her effort are shameless . You have to understand that Pakistan is a Islamic state not like the west and every citizen of Pakistan should maintain the sanctity of the state and follow the ideals of our holy prophet.

    I will request to host Maya Khan not to sit and cry over her sacking instead she should approach the Supreme Court and bring the offenders to apologies and reinstate back to her job with due respect. Sama Authority should issue a public apology in this regard. Hope people from all walks of life will awake and stop these nuisance in public and save Pakistan. May Almighty help us to protect the Islamic State of Pakistan Recommend

  • Rizwn
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:16PM

    I believe that what Maya has done was right and necessary irrespective of the way she adopted as what was happening (Dating) in the park was completely wrong in the eyes of Islam. This evil and menace has spread extremely speedily in our society and creating too many problems especially for teenagers.

    In an Islamic country (although by name), no date point is is allowed and unfortunately in our country especially this is becoming so common that some of the parks (pubclic places) have been labelled as date point (if I am not wrong)

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  • Abdullah
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:47PM

    both mk and channel are equally responsible….samaa should have taken stands before airing this episode

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  • adnan raza
    Jan 30, 2012 - 11:14PM

    well done samma

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  • unknown
    Jan 31, 2012 - 12:28AM

    @Truth writer:
    even if she goes to dance party she does not wear a burqa n lie to go there .. intellectual rights in pakistan .. we are far behind in this stuff though we are trying hard to be westerenize .. lets make bisexuality and gay marriage legal in pakistan and we shouldnt even speak about how veena malik or amir liaquat behaves afterall its their own personal lifes and prefrenes oh by the way amir liaquat was shown on tv was without his consent too .. why no debate of invasion of privacy there or unless we like to defend only those things which somehow goes in our benefit .. grow up and look at the bigger picture

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  • True Voice
    Jan 31, 2012 - 12:37AM

    Was she doing something illegal ? I think she is not doing anything wrong.

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  • Salman
    Jan 31, 2012 - 1:25AM

    This is totally wrong that Maya was fired, this is a defeat to all those who is against injustice. She took a brave step to expose those who are spreading profanity and sex. I bet there was a pressure from top govt poiticians to fired her because their children are also involved in these park kind of activities. It is truly shame for the whole country, I hope Maya finds her way to the other channel and continue this great journey.

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  • Salman
    Jan 31, 2012 - 1:38AM

    @Rizwn:

    I totally agree with you Rizwan, parks are no longer safe place to walk, jog or to take your children for a play. What I have seen couple having sex in the park with my own eyes, and I was totally shocked and found that this kind of activity is normal in the park. I live in USA and never ever seen such an incident like this at all, Pakistan for sure is no long an islamic country (sorry to say). Salman

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  • Salman
    Jan 31, 2012 - 3:29AM

    @Samina Haider: I can’t say for sure that if you are a real woman or some culprit if you are a real woman then you are big time DHABBA to all the women. Would you be happy if your daughter or sister dating to one of these park, I think if you have daughter or sister you probably don’t know their whereabouts.

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  • Rana
    Jan 31, 2012 - 4:45AM

    what i would like to know is,was Maya khan the only person responsible for this show ? what about the director and the producer?what about the members of the approval board?what about the policy makers?what about the person whose brain child this idea was?
    As far as I know the host only presents what he is told to——- correct?

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  • zia
    Jan 31, 2012 - 10:44AM

    Wrong.Maya sholud not be sacked.she was doing the right.she was doing right .she was highlighting the social evil.she was performing her duty diligently.You all guyes just say that doingthis is wrong but dont dare to say a single word against such thing. Maya took risk and did that. She will be adjusted somewhere else betterly than samma tv.

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  • Rizwan
    Jan 31, 2012 - 11:53AM

    @Multan: Totally agree with you…

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  • Bilal
    Jan 31, 2012 - 12:30PM

    i hate now sama tv, aik rasta band to 100 rastey kholey, Good luck Maya
    this is still pakistan

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  • Farhan
    Jan 31, 2012 - 1:03PM

    This is THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN…..No body want to see their faces in the Mirror .

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  • Abdul Jabbar
    Jan 31, 2012 - 1:07PM

    Its so sad…. you people want freedom, and talks about privacy. In Islam there are certain limitation for both men and women, if someone crosses that limitation they commit sin. So my point is if someone highlights bad things which is prevailing so fast through different medium (TV media, Internet, mobiles, etc) in our society, instead of correcting ourselves we point fingers on others, they are doing this n that. Why…Why… Why?????? Give me Answer you are living in a muslim country.

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  • Nasir
    Jan 31, 2012 - 1:15PM

    @Martx: So you think Culprits will go to the court of law???? wishful thinking. Shame on you.

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  • hamid hafeez
    Jan 31, 2012 - 3:49PM

    Good job by samaa tv and CEO. She diserved it thanks samaa

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  • ava
    Jan 31, 2012 - 4:14PM

    At least there is some sort of justice happening in Pakistan.

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  • Jan 31, 2012 - 5:31PM

    what a poor silly WOMAN…can u imagine a lady anchor hosting a show for so many years can do such a cheap or idiot thing…Recommend

  • Khalid Khan
    Jan 31, 2012 - 5:34PM

    I feel sahme beibg a muslim and for the mulim of pakistan who is so galde for the termination of m.Khan she may did the wrong way but it is purly islamic order to stop such stupid things in public.

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  • Asif Allauddin
    Feb 1, 2012 - 1:54AM

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

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  • Vikram
    Feb 1, 2012 - 3:34AM

    @Sonia Wahab:
    Did aunties break any laws? Aunties are mad that young people have much more freedom and are having fun and they have no one. Whole scene looked like a fish market.

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  • Vikram
    Feb 1, 2012 - 3:44AM

    @Dr. Asadullah Syed:
    You assume all the couples were not married to each other. How will you feel if you are sitting with your wife in a park and some ome like Maya along with a few dozen frustrated single women come and interview you about your relationship and want to know if your parents know that you are sitting in the park.

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  • Insha
    Feb 1, 2012 - 5:41AM

    She deserve more than that. She sould be punished for that so that other can learn the lesson.

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  • Insha
    Feb 1, 2012 - 6:20AM

    No. She should be hired by any other tv channels. Punish these people harshly so the other who want to enjoy the embarrassment innocent poor people can learn the lesson. Lets make our pakistan a friendly pakistan.

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  • Adnan
    Feb 1, 2012 - 12:56PM

    Excellent! This should have been done immediately but I get that these guys had to try to do damage control but obviously Maya is a no brainer when it comes to journalism and business (what an attention wh*re). I think this should be taken one step ahead and Samaa should put the managers back on probation who supposedly gave the approval on Maya and her production team’s idea of exposing private matters of citizens without their consent. This is not only because those individuals were offended but also that if these managers don’t know simple law then they could cost Samaa millions and millions of rupees.

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  • Nasir
    Feb 1, 2012 - 2:46PM

    @shaheena: Will you please explain the kinds of Social Problems for girls???? is it like their boy friends will refuse to meet because of the fear of being caught or girls will have to refrain their selves from dating so their family & parents stay unaware????
    Besides any other fear, we should only have fear of Allah. Dating & such mingling of strange (unmarried) men & women is not allowed. Thats it.

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  • Nasir
    Feb 1, 2012 - 2:52PM

    @rubina riaz: Rightly pointed out. This is unfortunate point scoring & rating game. They don’t realize the pain & grief of the family. And silly questions which are repeated by the reporter adds further frustration for listeners. Allah give Hidayat.

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  • Yasir M
    Feb 1, 2012 - 9:56PM

    I learned about the hype on face book. Not aware of the show or circumstances that led to Mayas termination. Social taboo aka Dating collided with open media. There was no balance and no protection for the ones exposed. In a country where honor killing is common.
    Ms Khan should pursue other means to prove her point, if she is serious about morals of society. Exposing general public against their will is not appreciated any where. Samaa TV advocates/ legal team should have analyzed the risk and consequence before launchuning this project.

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  • Arsalan Khan
    Feb 2, 2012 - 1:18AM

    Its good that she has been fired, and the channel has said sorry, for what its worth. I still think we need an explanation from SAMAA TV as to how this show was even allowed to air in the first place. Samma TV needs to tighten its control over what it airs.

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  • Mansoor
    Feb 2, 2012 - 11:15AM

    People… too much is said and discussed… ‘I believe’ she has learned the lesson…. she is not that important to us…forget her now.. and move forward… and make sure that all the other Morning Show HOSTS should also learn their limits…. what say??

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  • rajpar
    Feb 2, 2012 - 11:26AM

    Appreciate move by Samaa TV, this is unacceptable, such a sheer infringment on personal freedom and private life, Media has no right to interven into peoples personal life, the couples dating in parks do not hold on pubic offices, they are not accountable to media.

    I saw one episode on youtube, Maya was literally running after two young people, it angered me, who is she, for that matter, what business tv channels, have with our private lives.

    relieved to know that show is off air now, at least some one is there to listen the voices of the protest and anger.

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  • Abdul Khaliq
    Feb 2, 2012 - 2:14PM

    This decision to fire Maya Khan was not right. These are the people who work for the society to build good moral values. We all should appreciate Maya Khan and should discourge youth to make such relations and precious time should be utilize for the studies. I fully disagree this decision and this very unfortunate that our values are being destroyed and good peoples are targeted. Shame on us and the managemnt who took this decision.

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  • Knubbyah
    Feb 2, 2012 - 7:44PM

    for everyone who thinks this is not enough….trust me ONE DAY OFF THE AIR is a lifetime punishment for these addicted-to-screen-presence hosts :)

    Good job Zafar Siddiqui, Just the right precedence to set.

    And kudos to “WE, the social media handlers’. We decide what happens now :D

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  • aisha
    Feb 2, 2012 - 11:49PM

    I think from one side it was too bad what Maya Khan done…there was other ways how to deal with these issues…she not supposed to go there and start action herself…
    i have been to those parks with my family and we never gone back there because it is too discusting to see couples hiding behind bushes and touching, massaging each other…we are going there with small kids and all this we are showing to our kids…
    action has to be taken by goverment or police sources to control this…parks are for everyone not just for couples…in public places it is too bad what we are seeing there…

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  • Asif Ilyas khattak
    Feb 3, 2012 - 4:55AM

    i dont know why our peoples and media make a minor issue into big problem.Her show was not as much blunder

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  • Salman
    Feb 3, 2012 - 5:20AM

    Why people forget about their end and finally every one has to answerable for thier action deeds and if govt couldn’t stop these unethical behavior in society then people like Maya khan is doing their best job .Please don’t make it unethical free society.

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  • Kiani
    Feb 3, 2012 - 5:35AM

    I have been watching maya khan show since few months, and i liked it. She was entertaining, and had a good personality. Most of her shows i have enjoyed, as she has raised good issues about the bad things happening in our society. It was a fun morning show. and enjoyed some of the real issues facing different classes of society.

    However, I agree that people who didn’t want their faces shown on camera should have been respected. She is a great host/personality IMO. She did apologize on one of her shows.

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  • saleem
    Feb 3, 2012 - 4:56PM

    Although, i know what is going on in the parks but it doesn’t mean i should take out my camera and start shooting couples activities and circulate these videos. Maya Khan who did it with live camera. I think a legal action should be taken against her by so called civil society who think they got the power to protect innocent citizen. If they do not take action against Maya Khan i would think they also enjoy the misery of citizens of Pakistan.Recommend

  • qaiser
    Feb 4, 2012 - 1:56AM

    well after all she has done for last few months….. samaa prove to escaped from there responsibilities…. she was justified by the person living near that park… she should be asked to get censored tapes from some recording thats it….. how come samaa clams that they r innocent n no one was aware of what is going on…. so samaa should apologize n she should be back

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  • asma
    Feb 4, 2012 - 10:28AM

    good news for us what ever u have done (maya khan) is to0 much

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  • Beautiful Soul
    Feb 4, 2012 - 11:16AM

    I would say ” Burrai ko Burrai Kehna jurm hai ” this has become the mindset of today’s human .
    Her way of depicting may be wrong but she had a point . Why our Maushrra has gone corrupt ? Why no one calls wrong actions “Wrong” ……

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  • Nabeel Bhatti
    Feb 8, 2012 - 5:01AM

    Huh! She is not authorized to ask anyone for his personal life. She knows everything about dating coz she is not a kid. Thanks God i am in United States.

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  • Mah Noor
    Feb 8, 2012 - 6:27PM

    Maya is nice person,i am really very sad to read that all,our society is filled with crimes and nobody is there to handle them,i think she was absolutely right,the way she captured the couples was right for how many times we will leave them to do what ever they want and everybody knows what couples do in dating.Date is an abuse in our society becouse of these kids,for GOD sake please just think for a while there will be our children tommorrow then what will happen?i m not against of dating but the way people use it is not correct.And the new host looks good in “bulbuly” not in a morning show.

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  • Feb 9, 2012 - 12:06AM

    Maya u want to snatch park from lower middle class….u urself hv lot of money,we all knowRecommend

  • afaq ahmed
    Feb 9, 2012 - 8:50AM

    i think maya khan was doing a great job. unfortunately we loss a lady who think to the better future of our nation.
    i ask a simple question to all my “RESPECTED” citizen is dating is our culture?

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  • Feb 12, 2012 - 6:32AM

    when she was new in channel she works perfect…
    after somtime she gona over confidence
    i don,t like she did live program on park
    all women asking girls and showing face on camera
    did they think that if any her daughter on tv like that
    what will happienRecommend

  • Danish
    Feb 13, 2012 - 12:26PM

    Sama tv has taken a partial step and what it did it just fired the anchor instead it needed to bring her to court and sue her for her act.

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  • Ali Haque
    Feb 21, 2012 - 2:10AM

    This topic, in my point of view can easily be dragged to a long debate but I ll try to keep my comments as brief as possible.

    For all the people slightly supporting even the intentions of Maya Khan, I have only one question for all of you, WHO has given you the right to check or stop someone from meeting in a public place when NO indecent activity has been observed. Being a media anchor or even the police DOES NOT give you the right to challenge the right of freedom of movement and the freedom to socialize within the country or even abroad.

    Instead of firing the anchor and letting her escape the legal proceedings against her invasion of privacy and harassment of fellow citizens of Pakistan she along with the TV channel airing the said program MUST be dragged to the courts. The anchor person (Maya Khan) Along with the complete Samaa TV administration is responsible for this embaresment.

    As for all those readers (men and women both) trying to dictate the dos and donts for the feminine gender in society, please with all due respect, you have the freedom to have your views and beliefs just like everyone else, but saying that women need to be in hijab or burqa when going out or they have to follow some kind of code… forget it. You CAN NOT force anyone to change till the time you YOURSELF dont have the strength to control you eyes and thoughts. If YOU dont like people datting, DONT date, its as easy as that. If you dont like women going out without burqa, please look the other way. That hijabless or burqaless woman will be questioned for her acts IF and ONLY IF Allah finds her wrong. YOU will neither be asked nor held responsible for her actions. So, stop being a hypocrite. Be the change you want to see in the world.
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  • Usman
    Feb 21, 2012 - 7:30PM

    WOW. People praising CEO for firing Maya Khan. Ignoring the fact that Maya Khan used SAMAA’s platform for her bad show. Why in the world didn’t CEO himself apologize in public? When you take pride in your people’s good work then you should take responsibility of their bad work as well. Where’s the CEO’s apology? Where’s chairman’s apology?

    Also, once you show a couple on camera, that is a much greater punishment for them than anything else. They are ruined for life; and only YOU are responsible for showing them on the channel.

    Islam teaches us to conceal bayhayaaee (shamelessness) so that it does not get normalized in the society, but what you did is the opposite. You are exposing shamelessness when YOU YOURSELF are part of the same.Recommend

  • qaiser
    Feb 22, 2012 - 1:38AM

    still same opinion
    she rated her show high n she was good then Chanel don’t know her
    is Pakistan gonna be the same?

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  • F.A
    Feb 23, 2012 - 2:49PM

    It is very high time that what we support that she had done wrong. though the procedure he adopted is wrong but this matter should need to address. boys and girls are engaging in wrong doings they don’t know the repurcsions of it.

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  • Concerned Mother
    Feb 25, 2012 - 5:50AM

    @Sadia:
    Seriously? So you think hounding people is okay? This is exactly what is wrong with our society. Everyone thinks they can butt into other people’s business. I hope you have better ways of teaching your children right or wrong, rather than harassing them.

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  • unknown
    Feb 25, 2012 - 9:39AM

    ahh we are so modernize … we talk about privacy and personal rights but then love to taunt people like dr amir liaquat or veena malik like they dont have a private life ,,we will always be the same .. hypocritess

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  • qaiser
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:17PM

    i totally agree…. n how come it wasnt Chanel responsibility? …. they clam they were unaware of this

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  • fida
    Feb 27, 2012 - 1:27PM

    there shall be a fir against this lady as she doesnt have right to do so. being a lady how did she do so thats out of question

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  • Feb 27, 2012 - 9:04PM

    Maya is the best maya whatever she done she is the best anchor plz pakistani peoples if this dating occation is held with ur family or sis then what u will do so plz think about it ..maya is the best …. maya me ali sarbazi is with u …

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  • nazia
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:06AM

    there is totally no need to blame maaya about that she is not a culprit of serious deal..i dont like her nut she is one who make very bold programs but now she lost her charm by this fake program even though she did best of her
    she must come back to the show she has the energy …..i like her sprit

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  • Muhammad Usama Irteqai
    Feb 28, 2012 - 2:11AM

    maya khan is a good nature. she was show in park preplaning show. she was no insulting pakistani people. she was only guide us. those people are not a real couple they are joniar actor plz see express news at 8:00pm program 27/02/2012. maya was coming with proof she was proof his posistion. my pray is maya coming back inshallah.

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  • Adeem
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:59PM

    there is no reason to fire Maya khan on this issue. Maya Aapi please don’t worry. You are right and i support you. Take care of yourself bye

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  • Batul
    Feb 28, 2012 - 9:57PM

    I think the whole thing is just hoax. The first people to be blamed for putting on that show are the Producers & Directors. Why aren’t they being questioned????? Maya must not have done it on her own with out their consent…… Secondly as Maya said it was a re-enactment she should have given a statement at the end of the show that this was done just for the awareness….. and if it was really a re-enactment why isn’t the channel saying anything… what was the thousand apology for???

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  • Haider Abbas
    Mar 2, 2012 - 7:42PM

    This is very bad,she was exposing the immorality in our society,and may be some elements were unhappy that she was showing them their own face in her programme,she is very capable lady and she done right,she paid the actors and then she has done nothing wrong,she only brought up an issue which exists. And this is the negitive face of our society to condem it. We should salut her for doing this job.Zindabad Maya KhanRecommend

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