This is exactly what I warned Aftab Iqbal about a couple of months ago – which he was kind enough to read out my letter on the 7th June show:
Salaams Aftab Bhai. Mohammad Ahmad here from Glasgow, Scotland. I enjoy watching all your shows, they are a class act. As you know, most modern day media can be accesses all over the world, and if we want to be seen as a responsible members of the international community, then we’ll have to be mindful of the mores and contents of our electronic media especially. Two or three reasons why I’d like to bring something to your attention as regards Khabarnaak, esp as it has millions of regular viewers all around the world.
My main concern is the subtle but persistent demonstration of prejudice and discrimination by the comedians. It is mostly aimed at the legendary Amanullah Khan, because of his darker complexion and his not quite Imran Khan looks. Of course, an odd dig at these aspects is totally acceptable, but to do it consistently and in every programme is way over the top. Last night was even worse when the dummy Christ Gayle was a target of constant abuse on count of his race and colour. What impression does that give to our Pakistanis of darker complexion, be they boys and girls, or certain sections of our community. Additionally, in respect of Amnanullah, he is Pakistan’s liviving legend whose Punjabi comedy may never be matched again – a unique artist of the calibre of the likes of Mehndi Hasan, Nusrat Fateh Ali and Omar Sharif etc. His insight into our society is every bit as deep as the late Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi and Ashfaq Ahmad. I had the pleasure of meeting all three, and in the case of Amnanullah Sahib, I had the opportunity to film his first ever show in Scotland in 1992 when he was at his prime. it saddens me to see the young upstarts abuse him in each show – to know that they probably learnt so much from this genius, and perhaps even waited in the queues outside Al-hamra to see his particular brand of comedy and shows. I too have written and produced comedies both here and in Pakistan, but always refrained from such prejudice and discrimination to raise cheap laughter. So, please more respect to The Man, and less emphasis on aspects that we are born with – be it religion, race, colour and creed. I am most hopeful that you will pay some heed to my humble request. Thank you and keep up the brilliant work. Regards,
M Ahmad, Glasgow.
I have also left watching khabarnaak and reverting back to hasbey haal
Good bye Aftab Iqbal. Your attitude towards senior is very pathetic
khabarnaak ab dekhnay k qabil nahi raha
amanullah, sakhawat naz or iftikhar thakur dunya news k 1 programm mzaq raat me atay hen wo show bohat jald hit ho jaye ga
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