Maya Khan Fired: First success of social media in Pakistan

January 30th, 2012 by | 33 Comments |

Maya Khan Fired: First success of social media in Pakistan

Apparently, firing Maya Khan, the head of the vigil-aunty brigade, along with her entire team is foremost success of the social media in the country.

A few days back, television viewers in Pakistan saw Maya Khan with a moral brigade, comprising elite-class aunties, raided a park in Karachi chasing dating couples.

Although it was not the first time people watched doing her something strange, it was the last episode proved to be the last straw for many others flagship morning shows.

Dating someone without a legal relationship is considered down upon in the Pakistani society and some girls have lost their lives by their family members due to this specific cause.

Maya Khan, the desperate for rating, has shown to be chased after couples as the show was on-aired live. It budged most part of the country and immediately social media users became active and bloggers started targeting Maya Khan and her channel.

Some of the social media activists termed her ‘chief of the moral police’ while a few compared her vigilantism to the ‘Lal Masjid mindset’.

Additionally, some Facebookers started uploading Maya Khan’s private snaps in which she was seen dancing with male friends, and doing hugs. A series of questions and mocks were also carried out along with these pictures, asking her to explain what was she doing with these people.

It seems that she wanted to boost the rating of her show by creating a new controversy but the water didn’t flow in a desired direction. A group of citizens started an online petition, urging upon Samaa TV’s management to instantly terminate her show.

People also started sending e-mails to Zafar Siddiqui, asking him to take notice of the issue and to off-air the show at the earliest. Ultimately, Maya Khan was fired from the TV channel after she refused to make an unconditional apology.

A famous BBC journalist commented, “If you have a mike and a camera in Pakistan, you are assistants to God on earth and can do whatever you like.” Not only journalist but owners and management of the TV channels sometimes also create controversies to get higher ratings.

However, the social media for the first time in Pakistan succeeded by compelling a private TV channel to close a notorious morning show off-air. Many critics believe that social media will assist the traditional media in forming a code of ethics in the near future.

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  • Comment by Danial: ( June 18th, 2012 at 10:54 pm )

    Please read my Blog i have written about Maya Khan
    http://mawaisjabbar.blog.com/2012/06/18/maya-khan-exposed-critics-view/


  • Comment by sundas: ( June 3rd, 2012 at 1:35 am )

    me manti hun k maya ne ghalat kam kia ha logon ko zabardasti tv pe la kr lekin nikah k bagher milna julna b to gunah ha na. Islam me sakhti se mana ha ye. Agr wo log ek dusre ko pasand krte han to un ko nikah kr lena chahie na lekin nikah k bager is trah milne ka matlb???????????? Plz plz islam ko is trah se ignore mat kro. Hosh kro kuch


  • Comment by sundas: ( June 3rd, 2012 at 12:49 am )

    maya did right. Dating without any relationship is sin in islam. It causes vulgarity. Ony wife n hsbnd r allowed to stay together . We should folow islamic rules. Dating in such a way should be banned.


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  • Comment by Peerzada: ( February 27th, 2012 at 11:38 pm )

    Is this not the extremism of so called civil society?
    I f they claim to believe in freedom of expression then why they are not ready to give this freedom of expression to a person who is trying to secure our own culture as dating and such activities are not acceptable in our society.


  • Comment by Waseem: ( February 27th, 2012 at 2:49 am )

    WATCH MOST SUCCESSFUL MORNING SHOW HOST MAYA KHAN RESPONDING TO ALL HER CRITICS, EXCLUSIVELY ON
    FRONT LINE WITH KAMRAN SHAHID ON 27TH FEB 2012, 8 PM ON EXPRESS NEWS.
    REPEAT 28TH FEB 1 AM AND SAME DAY AT 10 AM.


  • Comment by Amir Khan: ( February 23rd, 2012 at 1:01 pm )

    Interesting. Think Twice Pakistan is an excellent forum to discuss these agendas.


  • Comment by Awais Shah: ( February 23rd, 2012 at 1:01 pm )

    Agree with Mr Saad. Think Twice Pakistan is doing a good job in creating awareness on such issues which have potential to disrupt the society.


  • Comment by Saad Naseer: ( February 23rd, 2012 at 1:01 pm )

    Think Twice Pakistan- a forum for social and health issues, also has the same opinion.


  • Comment by zainab: ( February 5th, 2012 at 7:11 pm )

    I watched the show and i would say that she showed it only when a person complained that he could not even go out onto his terrace because of the people in the park dating and indulging in some physical acts! Well, i see it as a genuine problem! We need to consider the position of the neighbourhood of the park as well as to how their lives get affected by people dating in the park. We need to acknowledge at the same time that our society is not open to people coming in public and kissing, hugging or touching each other in loving way! Being citizens of a state that has been named Islamic Republic of Pakistan we as a society, do not encourage nor do we accept such behaviour in public! Nevertheless, we do not accept such behaviour from married couples in public places! Those whoa re critizing Maya Khan for this particular show are infact encouraging behaviour that is considered immoral in our society. My questions for them are: do we want our children to see such things? Do we like our children cover themselves up in ibayas and caps and sit in secluded corners in public places? Or, we would like our children to inform us who they are meeting and make us a part of their lives? The choice is ours to make!

    peace!


  • Comment by Omar: ( February 4th, 2012 at 10:25 am )

    Im a Muslim in southern Philippines who also follow strict Islamic rules. I will definitely not like my sisters and female cousins to date anywhere. But I must say the way Maya and company did their act is totally unacceptable in a civilized Islamic society.


  • Comment by jhanzeb abbas: ( February 3rd, 2012 at 10:49 pm )

    “If you have a mike and a camera in Pakistan, you are assistants to God on earth and can do whatever you like.”


  • Comment by jhanzeb abbas: ( February 3rd, 2012 at 10:36 pm )

    I have seen all those comments mentioned above but I feel every comment is entirely based on perception being created about Maya khan. she is not wrong just only for that PARK episode, she is wrong for so many things for example her show in month of October was about a fight between girl and her mother which is Extremely Personal issue, then playing with the sensitive issues of the families for cheap TRP. my questions are to those who are still have soft corner for Maya
    1 Why she haven’t discussed about her scandal with Ahmed Jahanzeb?
    2 Did she ever call him on her programme?
    3 Dating is wrong (No doubt about it) but isn’t it wrong to show live dancing with a guy on TV? If dancing like this is not wrong then why we do social boycotts of girls who show mujra in stage dramas?


  • Comment by Uzi Salem: ( February 3rd, 2012 at 1:15 pm )

    These people were out in public parks in broad daylight. Maya Khan should be sucking someone’s prick to even have the fuckin guts to do this pathetic act. Hypocritical bastard who has nothing else to do along with her burqa team of bitches who were accusing people and passing judgements – wtf!!! Why the hell these burqa bitches passing any judgement without knowing or finding out the facts. Love the fact these narrow minded bitches were fired.


  • Comment by Jalada Iqbal: ( February 2nd, 2012 at 9:26 pm )

    Good riddance to this despicable hypocrite!


  • Comment by Adnan: ( February 1st, 2012 at 6:10 pm )

    Still strict action to be taken against maya khan as she is not accepting is mistake and furthermore to this issue compensation to be given to those persons who were insulted by maya khan and sama tv should also pay a penalty to regulators for on airing such a program.


  • Comment by Joshua: ( February 1st, 2012 at 4:57 pm )

    Well the episode was ignominious and maya khan really crossed her circumscribe this time. Agree things which are happening in parks dating etc is wrong but she don’t have right to just jump in and invade in one’s personal territory and asking cheap crummy questions this is really not acceptable (though they must be dating etc) she should have raised this issue on her talk show and would have tried giving lessons more wisely rather then doing this abominable practical….shame on the channel for putting on air first and then firing the team i think channel and host her team all are responsible….what’s happening…its so sad :(


  • Comment by Jahanzaib: ( February 1st, 2012 at 12:27 pm )

    Fooling whom! The real fact is that, every one in Pakistan pretend to be the only Muslim saviors. In real, they want every sin should be legalized and open for every one, in a South Asian mix Western style. And when any one like this get exposed, all start crying, may be because of this there parents won’t let them to got outside.

    Oh my dear Pakistani peoples…..

    Fooling Whom?


  • Comment by Khan: ( February 1st, 2012 at 10:02 am )

    Goo Step … I know that there is need to take corrective actions against our society but the way media is doing is not correct.

    I appreciate if this has been happened.


  • Comment by Maya Khan: ( February 1st, 2012 at 7:57 am )

    I condemn this action.. she was very great anchor.. I watched he show in which she visited park.. it was normal show and i have seen many shows like this on Pakistani Channels. Dont know whats wrong with us. I will miss her untill she come on any other TV channel


  • Comment by Irfan: ( January 31st, 2012 at 3:23 pm )

    we should fire hamid & rest of the so called top anchors for bias, exaggerated media reporting during wukla movement & ther are responsible for putting our country on the brink of disaster by doing a media trial of ex president……..they dont even spare Sir Musharaf … so how can we expect our? local ppl be spared from this tiny midgets…..WE SHOULD STOP THE TYRANNY OF BAD JOURNALISM….


  • Comment by God: ( January 31st, 2012 at 1:56 pm )

    Thats what that 2 dollar ho gets for looking for ratings. You know damn well she a hypocrite.


  • Comment by Omer bin Abdulaziz: ( January 31st, 2012 at 1:31 pm )

    The liberal lot has succeeded. Will they stand up if any journalist raids a madressah?


  • Comment by Hallian: ( January 31st, 2012 at 8:38 am )

    Yet another example of the American sponsored Pakistan’s jihad against Islam. Shame on Pakstan.


  • Comment by Muhammad Mubeen: ( January 31st, 2012 at 2:12 am )

    Truth is Truth nobody’s can change reality Maya is worked on right path.


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  • Comment by Khalid: ( January 30th, 2012 at 7:52 pm )

    What else can u expect from these brigades fake Khans. It use to be name for royal Pathans and now every choora or choori is *khan* who can afford a new pair of shoes.


  • Comment by Ahmed: ( January 30th, 2012 at 6:33 pm )

    Great News! She should also be dragged to the court for her invasion of peoples’ privacy. All media personnel crossing lines to raise their show ratings should be fired and tried at the same time!


  • Comment by SEO: ( January 30th, 2012 at 6:04 pm )

    I am glad Smaa TV has fired this lady. Unethical act she has done.


  • Comment by AbdukRehman: ( January 30th, 2012 at 5:43 pm )

    I do not know Ms Maya Khan, and I never watched her TV show but I do know that dating without a relationship is an immoral act and a sin according to islamic pricnciples and should be discouraged and banned in public places.


  • Comment by moiz from Lahore: ( January 30th, 2012 at 5:19 pm )

    THE POWER OF YOUTH