Morning show host Maya Khan fired from Samaa TV

Published: January 28, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dear All

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

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

As a result of which I can inform you:

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

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

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

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

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

With best regards and thank you for your understanding.

Zafar Siddiqi

Chairman CNBC Arabiya

Chairman CNBC Africa

President CNBC Pakistan

Reader Comments (324)

  • 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
    (truth.rashid@gmail.com)

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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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