Sherry Rehman threatens to boycott TV channel over Khalilur Rehman fiasco

Published: March 4, 2020
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Popular writer Khalilur Rehman Qamar stirred controversy after he verbally abused activist Marvi Sirmed on a private TV channel. Following Qamar’s crass comments, several celebrities and public figures have gone on to condemn him.

Senator Sherry Rehman also expressed her opinion over the situation, lashing out at the TV channel that aired the program. “I will not accept any show on NeoTv Network until this anchor apologises and this abusive man is boycotted. If others ( men and women ) do the same when asked for shows this kind of disrespect to women may not get impunity. Women’s rights are human rights. Enough of this nonsense,” she said in a tweet.

However, the host of the show Ayesha Ehtesham had already apologised for what transpired between Marvi Sirmed and Khalil ur Rehman last night, describing it as an “extremely sorry state of affairs”.

“What happened yesterday in my show was an extremely sorry state of affairs. I could not imagine things could turn out to be so rough and abusive. I was completely taken aback which might have affected my ability to condemn abusive and sexist remarks there and then. However, nothing on my part was intentional. There was quite a lot of screaming, shouting & swearing from both sides (part of program that could not go on air) that left little room for me to reverse things back to normal or come up with a prompt condemnation. I apologise to my viewers,” she said.

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