'Pakistan Idol' praised in National Assembly -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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‘Pakistan Idol’ praised in National Assembly

Pakistan Press Foundation

Muhammad Anis

ISLAMABAD: Members of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Tuesday moved calling attention notice in the National Assembly against a musical programme ‘Pakistan Idol’ which is being telecast on Geo Television.

Moving the calling attention notice, the JI members said the programme is being telecast on a television channel for the last several months and the youth of age 15 to 30 years participate in this musical competition.

The calling attention notice was moved by JI parliamentarians, including Sahibzada Tariqullah, Sher Akbar Khan, Sahibzada Muhammad Taqoob and Aisha Syed. In the calling attention notice, the members, however, did not name the television channel.

They said that Pakistan came into being in the name of Allah Almighty and therefore no un-Islamic activity against the teachings of Holy Quran and Sunnah could be allowed in this part of the world.

Responding to the calling attention notice, Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada assured the House that the government would take action against channels found violating laws of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra).

The minister said that Pakistani culture has different social values and no un-Islamic or unconstitutional activity could be allowed here. However, he said the ‘Pakistan Idol’ provides for competition for selection best singers.

The minister said the government had directed Pemra to examine all aspects of the programmes telecast by TV channels and submit a report. The government would take action after the report.

He said the programme to which the members are referring is presented on Geo TV channel.Iqbal Muhammad Ali of the MQM called the musical programme as good entertainment and a healthy activity.

However, the JI member said telecasting of the musical programmes by private television channel wherein songs by young boys and girls were being aired in the name of Pakistan Idol, was causing grave concern among the public.Aisha Syed said the programme would have a negative impact on young generation.

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