Teary-eyed Maya Khan broke her silence.
According to her, all the people that she had questioned during her morning show’s infamous episode, were paid actors.
Speaking on the show Frontline, hosted by Kamran Shahid, Maya claimed that the entire episode was scripted. “The idea was to highlight the issue of ‘unethical activities’ that are taking places in our parks,” Maya said.
When questioned why she did such a programme, Maya defended herself, saying she had received numerous complaints from worried parents who were concerned about such “immoral activities” and expected her to do something about it.
While criticising the media and the civil society ganging up against her, Maya said that she was never given a chance to present her side of the story.
“What rest of the media was trying to achieve by repeatedly airing clips of my show? Where were media ethics when people showed my wedding pictures, my honeymoon pictures and did shows pointing fingers at my character?” Maya questioned.
Calling herself a popular morning show host, Maya asked whether, during her entire media career, she had not done anything good.
“Is there no difference between a sin and a mistake?” she asked further.
“I have been under house arrest since the media frenzy against my show started; I have been treated like a criminal. People are attacking me from all sides. I am abused through phone calls, text messages and through Facebook,” she complained.
Maya’s husband Waseem Molani, while speaking on the show via phone, said he was upset to see how people attacked his wife for invading people’s privacy by doing the very same thing to her.
“It was shameful that people criticised Maya by making her personal pictures public,” he said.
Molani added that he had always advised Maya to move to the US but she refused to do so because “she wanted to stay in Pakistan and help her people; she was always so devoted towards her country.”
Maya also invited two of the purportedly paid actors featured in her programme to the Frontline show. She further provided Shahid with a DVD with recorded statements from the female paid actors. However, these actors wore veils.
Frontline host Shahid accused her of misleading and ”bluffing her audience” and asked her to render an unconditional apology to her viewers and the people of Pakistan. Maya said “leaving aside what I did was wrong or not, I ask for forgiveness from my fans; Iam really, very… very… sorry.”
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