Derogatory Poetry On PTV Sparks Protests Across K-P

PESHAWAR: The offensive poetry against Pakhtuns broadcasted on state-run television on Eidul Fitr, 27 of last month, sparked protests on Monday in several districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

A large number of activists of Awami National Party, representatives of civil society, poets and writers participated in the protests held in Charsadda and Peshawar districts.

The protesters gathered outside Peshawar Press Club and staged a protest demonstration. They were holding banners and placards inscribed with demands to remove the producer and action against the poet Jawad Hussain.

Addressing the protesters, ANP leader Mian Iftikhar said the poetry has hurt the sentiments of millions of Pakhtuns and termed it a deliberate act by producer of the programme and poet Jawad Hussain.

The ANP leader demanded prompt action should be taken against the producer and the poet should immediately apologize.

On the other hand, Federal Secretary Information tweeted that Pakistan Television was a government institution being run under a well-defined policy.

He said that PTV was responsible for acts and action would be taken against those who violated this policy.

PTV’s managing director has taken notice of the programme and promised to take action against those involved. He also issued a show cause notice to the producer of the programme and asked him to file submit a reply within three days. TNN

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