PPP urges govt to take notice of sexual harassment reports at PTV

Published: January 20, 2017
PPPP submits calling attention notice in NA Secretariat regarding the matter. PHOTO: TWITTER @TANZEELA MAZHAR

PPPP submits calling attention notice in NA Secretariat regarding the matter. PHOTO: TWITTER @TANZEELA MAZHAR

Pakistan Peoples Party on Friday submitted a calling attention notice with the National Assembly Secretariat, urging the Federal Minister for Human Rights to take action against recent incidents of sexual harassment at state-run Pakistan Television (PTV). 

The notice comes following television journalist and anchor Tanzeela Mazhar claim that she was harassed by Director Current Affairs PTV Agha Masood Shorish.

According to Mazhar, she was harassed by Masood, following which she filed a complaint only to be told by the inquiry committee that she should have left the job in such a situation.

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However, TV anchor and Mazhar’s colleague warned her not to ‘play’ with PTV’s image.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Mazhar said she has no intentions of defaming the organisation. “I have been associated with PTV for about 15 years, I have no issues with the work environment. It is Agha Masood who is causing problem for women.

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Several women have complained about him previously, but later withdrew their complaints for one reason or another.”

PPPP submits calling attention notice in NA Secretariat

“This year alone, two high-profile cases in PTV came into limelight in which female anchorpersons leveled charges of harassment against their head of departments,” the notice submitted by PPP read.

No PTV representative was available for comment.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • waqar
    Jan 20, 2017 - 5:01PM

    Harassment is normal everywhere whether its Government or private. This has always been a issue across the world not only Pakistan. I m glad that these things are highlighted now so that something could be done to stop these harassmentsRecommend

  • Amir
    Jan 20, 2017 - 6:12PM

    Across the world it is dealt severely and taken seriously, here is is men’s right.Recommend

  • Sam
    Jan 20, 2017 - 9:57PM

    Even a dirty look is a form of harassment. Its a shame that we dont even apply deen here and respect others – yet we will call ourselves Muslims and think we are better….Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Jan 20, 2017 - 10:04PM

    Give this guy 500 lashes in Public, like they do in Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • Saimaa
    Jan 21, 2017 - 10:46AM

    but what exactly happened? was it a dirty look orrrr…? Details please. Recommend

  • AHS
    Jan 21, 2017 - 11:58PM

    Yes but sometimes women too falsely accuse men of sexual harassment as power play or as a tool of black mail let’s not forget that ! Recommend

  • Azeem Asim
    Jan 23, 2017 - 6:37AM

    I guess you were trying to say norm, and not normal. It changes the meaning of whole sentence. Recommend

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