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PCC invokes Pemra seeking ban on drama “Baji Irshad”


Pakistani Christian leader Dr. Nazir S. Bhatti who heads Pakistan Christian Congress PCC has urged the Chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to ban the airing of Baji Irshad; for portraying a tainted image of Christians and their traditions.

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In this regard the Central Secretariat of Pakistan Christian Post released a copy of the official letter Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, had sent to the Chairman PEMRA. It was maintained that the said drama is being aired on Express TV Channel which has apparently hurt the sentiments of Christian community by depicting inaccurate Christian characters in the show, terming it “desecration of the image of Christianity and insult of the Pakistani Christians.”

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The letter dated January 26, reads as follows

The Chairman,
Government of Pakistan,

Subject: Stop broadcasting of “Baji Irshad” a drama serial of Express TV Channel on desecrating Christian teachings and insulting Christian community of Pakistan.

I, the undersigned Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC www.pakistanchristiancongress.org and Editor of Pakistan Christian Post www.pakistanchristianpost.com wish to draw your kind attention on one drama serial broadcasting by Express TV Channel with subject to “ Baji Irshad” is harming sentiments of millions of Pakistani Christians as it portrays negative approach to life style of them and desecrates Christianity.
I understand that being a Muslim of Pakistan, your honor not care to abuse or mock Christianity but stand to safeguard blasphemy laws weather any non-Muslim committed or not but as organ of state it is your moral obligation to respect teachings of other religions of citizens of Pakistan and to protect their values which stand with this continent as Islam is religion of immigrants in Pakistan who invaded land of our ancestors which is inherited to us but you have captured.

I hope your honor will take immediate action against Express TV and take off air drama serial “Baji Irshad” to approve interfaith harmony and as token of religious freedom in Pakistan.

Dr. Nazir S Bhatti
Dated: January 26, 2017.