Neo TV Served Notice Over Orya Maqbool’s Vile Comments Against Pashtuns [Video]

The Pakistan Electronic Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued a show cause notice to Neo TV for broadcasting ‘derogatory remarks’ against the Pashtun community by its analyst Orya Maqbool Jan.

The private TV channel received a show cause notice for airing insulting remarks against the Pashtun community during his program Harf-e-Raz.

PEMRA has sought a written reply to the show cause along with the requirement that the CEO or an authorized representative must appear in a personal hearing on December 17 to explain why due legal action should not be initiated under the laws.

The regulatory authority warned to initiate proceedings under sections 27, 29, and 30 of its ordinance in case of non-compliance.

Notably, Orya Maqbool Jan is known for his controversial stance on a number of social issues.


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PEMRA has also issued a warning to Bol News for airing a program ‘Aisy Nahe Chaly Ga’ on December 12 hosted by Dr. Fizza Akbar. The warning is issued over ‘unreasonable and sarcastic remarks’ by the host against Minister of State for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed.

In a press release, the media watchdog stated that the host’s remarks were not only humiliating but were also in violation of PEMRA codes.

It further reminded the management of the channel that PEMRA has issued a number of directives to ensure objectivity in programs, maintain standards of language, and uphold the social and ethical values. Still, the programs manifest abysmal editorial oversight.

The authority has warned the management to be careful in future regarding the broadcast of programs while upholding the journalistic ethics and moralities. It also directed the channel to disclose the details of the in-house monitoring committee within seven days and put in place effective delay mechanism to prevent any such violations.

It warned of a strict action in case of non-compliance.


  • Orya Maqbool Jan is a true intellectual. It seems he is being punished for his independent thinking, Islamic values, broad knowledge base and high quality mind.These qualities are rare in Pakistan so jealousy also may be a reason for these steps to silence him.

  • Mr.Orya Maqbool Jan’s independent mind is causing fear in the establishment. In the olden days kings used to silence inconvenient truths by cutting out the tongues of the dissenting voice. The Naya Pakistan dictator backed by a shadow martial law is doing the same thing by other means.

    I have seen the whole video, he said nothing offensive to any one. What he said was mild and jovial, humorous and in a light note. PEMRA should take a chill pill.

    If anything has harmed and severely damaged the Pashtoon community then it was the massive military attack on the poor villagers of Swat and Waziristan during the holy month of ramazan.

  • So the new regime in Pakistan is clamping down on the freedom of the press. May have picked it up from the Chinese and the Arabs.This does not portend good for its citizens.

  • He is a fine mind, but his approach to debate is dogmatic and completely biased. He just slighted a whole community just to prove his point as correct. PEMRA is definitely right in their action.

  • he is too ignorant… But you can’t deby that after Afghan jihad these drugs became very common in Pakistan society

  • Orya Maqbool Jan has a fun sense of humor and a cutting intellect. He is good matured. There was no ill intention, that I could discern, in his Pastun remark. It had affectionate undertone to it. He called them Bhai. What could be friendlier and warmer than that.

    PEMRA has no sense of humor, common sense or understanding of comedic humor. These uneducated people should not be put into position to censor intellectuals. They should learn to deal with facts, truth, humor.

    Mr. Orya is being censored for his unbiased views. He is being punished for his lack of sycophancy, his moral courage, his not kowtowing to the regime that is showing its despotic teeth. He is challenging the wrong and standing with the truth. More power to him.


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