Journos for stopping ‘obscenity’ in garb of cultural activities
PESHAWAR: The Cultural Journalists Forum urged the government to take notice of ‘immoral activities’ on stage shows conducted in the city’s cinemas and spread of obscene CDs and tele films, which were breeding violence among youths.
In a press release issued here on Sunday, the Forum demanded of the government and appealed to the Peshawar High Court, Chief Justice, Dost Mohammad Khan to take serious notice of the ‘illegal and obscene activities’ being promoted in the garb of Pashtun culture in CDs, tele films and stage shows, as they were tarnishing the image of Pashtuns. It said that action should be taken against the persons who were minting money and breeding violence among youths.
The Forum said that CDs and tele films were busy showing immoral scenes casting negative impact on their minds and which did not have any distant relation to Pashtun society and its social norms. It said that several incidents had been reported in the press where young boys had internalized violent ideas from CDs, as it does not have any rules and regulations while making such violent stuff.
The Forum said that government’s silence over such immoral activities was meaningful proving helpful in encouraging dons behind all these criminal actions.
The release reiterated that CJF has several times urged upon the government to form a Censorship Board to curb immoral activities but the latter had not taken any step in this regard so far.
The Forum has suggested that a committee comprising all cultural stakeholders should be formed so that it could resolve the issue of purchasing the historic house of the Bollywood legend Dillip Kumar. “The CJF is ready to offer its unconditional support to the government regarding issue of Dillip Kumar house purchasing,” it added.
The CJF has demanded of the concerned authorities to stop demolishing cinema houses as it was providing a cheap entertainment but urged that it too should be purged of screening obscene movies.
The CJF has appreciated the notice taken by Interior ministry against stage -shows in the city’s cinema halls maintaining cinema halls were built to screen movies, stage shows could be arranged in Nishtar hall. “We demand that Mian Iftikhar Hussain should arrange for No Objection Certificate only to those artistes and singers proceeding to Gulf States and other foreign countries for cultural shows, musical concerts who are harbingers of original Pashtun art and culture and not those who cannot even speak Pashto language.