Prominent Pakistani Christian educationist and social worker Professor Anjum James Paul has complained “Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority is biased against Christians.” Professor Anjum who has been calling upon the authorities to take action against the channel and its management for airing drama serial “Baji Irshad;” deemed as humiliating towards Pakistani Christians. For this reason he has written a letter to PEMRA (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority). Copies of this letter have been also sent to Supreme Court of Pakistan and Chief Justice of Pakistan and Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Professor Anjum James Paul has requested the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take “Suo Moto” action against Express TV channel for desecrating Christianity and tainting the image of Christians as being depicted in the drama serial “Baji Irshad.” Consequently, Professor Anjum was summoned to appear before PEMRA committee on April 3. He said that the committee was biased and reluctant to take action in this regard.
Below is an excerpt from the text presented to the Incharge/secretary PEMRA, along with DVD documentary evidence of episode 39 of drama “Baji Irshad” at the time of presentation. He has also sent presentation and documentary evidence to Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Pakistan, Prime Minister of Pakistan and Chairman PEMRA on April 3, 2017.
Ref.No.PMTA/29-32/17-KPR Dated: April 3, 2017
Ayesha Bilal Virk
Incharge/ Secretary CoC
PEMRA Regional Office
80-A Bridge Colony
Abid Majeed Road,
Lahore Cantt, Lahore
Honorable Madam Ayesha,
Greetings and peace from Pakistan Minorities Teachers’ Association.
Reference to your letter F.No.14 (02)/RO-LHR/70/28896, Dated: 28 March, 2017 subject “Summon” to appear before you on April 3, 2017 in the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) Regional Office Lahore. Summon is the result of the letter Ref. No. PMTA/5-8/17-KPR, dated January 24, 2017 mailed to honorable Chief Justice Supreme Court of Pakistan and copies were served to Mr. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan and Mr. Absar Alam, Chairman PEMRA on the subject “Request for suo moto against Express TV channel on desecration and insulting Christianity and Christians in the comedy drama serial Baji Irshad and the other media”
It was expected that PEMRA will take immediate measures due to the sensitivity of the matter but it has treated it as a routine matter after 69 days. Perhaps it is a matter of a religious minority otherwise situation could be entirely different. Though 52 episodes of drama serial have been released but hate material regarding hurting the religious sentiments of Christians is being presented to you of the episode 39 .The duration of the episode is 38 minutes and 22 seconds. The episode 39 of drama serial “Baji Irshad” is available on the following link.
There is religious, racial, social, economic and educational discrimination with the Christians in the drama serial “Baji Irshad” The drama is the creation of a biased mindset. All decent characters are in the pockets of Muslims. There is desecration of religious symbol as there are vulgar dialogues wearing holy Cross. There is racial discrimination as well because there are nick names like Kala Joseph (black Joseph), Peeno, Meedan, Chitti etc.
Only Christians in the drama have been presented as non-serious, inferior, beggars, thieves, greedy, without etiquettes, superstitious, scandalizing their daughters, disrespecting parents, disrespecting husband, disrespecting mother-in-law, disrespecting father-in-law, disrespecting future son-in-law, disrespecting daughter-in-law, disrespecting future son-in-law’s mother and love affairs but Muslims have been presented very decent and well-mannered. Only Christians have been presented doing menial jobs.
Only Christians have been presented uneducated as they wrongly speak Urdu and English language. But it is strange that when they speak with any Muslim then no wrong pronunciation. The biased writer has deliberately ignored the true picture of Christians who have been torch bearers in education, health. defense and many other fields but such type of mindsets have brainwashed even the public institution which offer menial jobs only for non-Muslims.