Hamza Ali Abbasi resigns as PTI Culture Secretary after release of new film's trailer

Published: April 1, 2015

Hamza Ali Abbasi has announced his decision to resign as Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s (PTI) Culture Secretary through a Facebook status on Tuesday.

The actor, who has recently been in the news for his provocative statements regarding his co-stars, deemed himself “no more eligible” to represent Pakistani culture in a political party.

Read: Media, fashion industry making ‘sex symbols’ out of women: Hamza Ali Abbasi

Hamza stated that certain “elements” in his upcoming movie went against what he believes in, and this was what had prompted his resignation.

“Since I failed to act on my own beliefs, I deem I am no more eligible to represent Pakistani culture in a political party and hence, I am resigning as Sec. Culture PTI.”


Although he did not mention the title of the film in his Facebook status, it’s obvious he is talking about Jawani Phir Nahi Aani as his post came the day Jawani Phir Nahi Aani‘s trailer was released.

A former civil service trainee, Hamza has been an active supporter of PTI and its chairman Imran Khan. He joined the party late last year and was spotted on many of the party’s sit-ins held last year to overthrow the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government.

In an earlier Facebook status where he discussed item numbers, Hamza revealed he has romanced “women in bikinis” in an upcoming comedy film.

Read: Hamza Ali Abbasi clarifies stance on item numbers

Jawani Phir Nahi Aani, which is slated for release on Eid ul Adha, is certainly that film. See for yourself:


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Reader Comments (16)

  • Zubair
    Apr 1, 2015 - 11:02AM

    Thanks for leading by example..I hope many of your critics will observe silence.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Apr 1, 2015 - 11:34AM

    the reason hamza ali abbasi stated for his resignation is that he acted in a scene of a film which his against his own beliefs & Pakistani culture. question is why did he acted in such a film in a first place.Recommend

  • Abubakar
    Apr 1, 2015 - 11:51AM

    Like he didn’t have any idea when the scene was being filmed?Recommend

  • Majazi
    Apr 1, 2015 - 12:33PM

    It’s a legitimate question that why did he act for this flick but on the other hand this is laudible that he’s accepting it morally conflicting. Can you guys not see that he’s bringing up a word ‘Pakistani Culture’? Can you rather be not encouraging rather than acting like a judge over proceedings? Why is that whenever someone tries to contribute positively, we start questioning his own negatives? Did anyone of you ever highlight ‘Pakistani Culture’ to this extent? Stop being judgmental please, atleast heed to the essence.Rather than discouraging him back,look at what can we add to his noble notion… Please.Recommend

  • Fahad Zia
    Apr 1, 2015 - 12:36PM

    @Ahmed :

    I did this film for infact my friends
    who were there for me when i was
    nothing. So after initials refusals, i
    agreed to do it as my friends needed
    me on this.

    You did not read the whole thing, did you ?Recommend

  • Apr 1, 2015 - 12:41PM

    Wait a sec, its 1st of April. April fools anyone?Recommend

  • pakistani
    Apr 1, 2015 - 1:11PM

    lol, every week we have a news about this man for absolutely nothing. He just want to keep himself in news. Grow up kidosRecommend

  • Karachiite
    Apr 1, 2015 - 2:07PM

    There are people who don’t comment on things because they don’t know what the subject is, and then there’s Hamza Ali Abbasi. The guy has an opinion on literally everything under the sky.Recommend

  • Secular Paki
    Apr 1, 2015 - 2:52PM

    Few weeks earlier, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, Actor Hamza Ali Abbasi criticized Pakistan’s media for portraying women as ‘sex symbols’ in the name of women empowerment.
    In a similar way, a couple of days ago Hamza Ali Abbasi announced on Facebook he was proud of Zhalay Sarhadi (actress) for not “taking off clothes” for her performance in Jalaibee song.
    In his first look of upcoming film ‘Jawani Phir Nahi Aani’, he has been seen in a most vulgar scene of having romance of ‘bikini’ – a rare look in Pakistan’s film industry. This guy has to learn that a very first change comes from inner rather having such double standard of hypocrisy.Recommend

  • Asad Shairani
    Apr 1, 2015 - 3:36PM

    Decent of him to own up. But since he did give an ‘excuse’ for doing it (did it for my friends), he should realize that everyone has a reason to do whatever they are doing. Please don’t judge a woman if she chooses to wear skimpy clothing, she might have a reason behind it (or might not, still not your prerogative to judge). Cultures and laws are made to benefit people, people aren’t made to adhere to culture.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Apr 1, 2015 - 3:47PM

    This is either an april fool’s joke or Hamza is an attention seeking little kitten wanting to tell the world how righteous he isRecommend

  • Basit Khan
    Apr 1, 2015 - 5:29PM

    Mr. Hamza, You need help. The sooner the better.Recommend

  • Apr 1, 2015 - 6:49PM

    You are a good guy but too confused.Recommend

  • sensible
    Apr 2, 2015 - 1:44AM

    The guys running in the clip look weird,I hope they don’t call it dancing.They should first learn how to dance and then make a movie.What can you expect from Humayun Saeed, he is a flop actor,I’m sure he will make flop films.Its releasing on Eid,ignore this trash and watch a good Bollywood/Hollywood film.Recommend

  • anonymous
    Apr 2, 2015 - 1:44AM

    Let it go people,, we have bigger issues than this. And those puritans here critisizing him on doing the film, you ppl are the first ones to go and watch those kind of movies. So this is the culture you all created adopted from western and bollywood. You all are confused, please have some identity of your own. So that people can follow you rather than you following them.atleast he has the guts to own up and hopefully will be careful next time.Recommend

  • MBM
    Apr 2, 2015 - 11:46PM

    @Asad Shairani:

    Your comment was like a breath of fresh air :)…Think +ve and let Allah taala judge..Hamza is not a hypocrite at the very least… dhitai kay sath bana rehta secretary tou bohat khush hona tha logon ney!!!Recommend

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