The Sindh High Court (SHC) has overruled PEMRA’s ban on drama serial Jalan.
The ban was overturned after appeals by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ARY Digital, Jerjees Seja and actor Fahad Mustafa. Both approached the SHC to overturn the ban.
According to the SHC, they can overturn the ban on drama serial Jalan because ‘PEMRA’s job is regulation not banning content’.
Sindh High Court to the rescue … the next episode of #Jalan will air tomorrow as SHC suspends PEMRA’s ban on the play.
— Omair Alavi (@omair78) September 15, 2020
Previously PEMRA banned drama serials Ishqiya and Pyar Kay Sadqay from re-runs over questionable content. At first, drama serial Jalan was let off with a warning.
Amid the ban on Ishqiya and Pyar Kay Sadqay there were public complaints about why Jalan, a drama serial about a woman ‘stealing’ her brother-in-law from her sister, was given just a warning.
PEMRA finally banned the drama serial after a recent episode showcasing the central character seducing her brother-in-law and initiating extra-marital relations with him.
— Media Insightpk (@minsightpk) September 10, 2020
PEMRA banned Airing drama serial “JALAN” . Indeed a decision beyond appreciation. pic.twitter.com/FUrkUpTncQ
— Amina Zubair🌐 (@amnakhani123) September 11, 2020
PEMRA bans Ary Digital drama serial " #Jalan " for the indecent and immoral content against the social and religious norms after receiving many complaints against the serial . PEMRA released notice, after PTI Minister Ali Muhammad raised voice in the parliament!
— PhD Friend (@PhDfriendSana) September 11, 2020
@reportpemra @PakPMO @arydigitalasia WE highly appreciate PEMRA authorities closing a drama serial #Jalan that was shown by ARYdigitalaisa in which only vulgarity adulatory & nudity was promoted as Husband is having relationship with sister-in-law which hurt all the viewers
— Syed Hamza (@Syed8305Syed) September 13, 2020
However, the ban was shortlived as SHC has overturned it. Audiences that had been urging for a ban on the show for long are definitely disappointed.
This is why nothing good ever happens in Pakistan, You people talk about condemning rape and then allow this type of drama to be made? They finally made a good decision to ban it. In the last episode Nisha went to her brother in laws house and is now sleeping with him!!!
— Venmeer (@Pawan84695623) September 15, 2020
How will the public react to SHC removing the ban on Jalan?