Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ansar Abbasi, Vulgar Media and Pious Liberals

Writer is a political commentator, blogger and tweets @SaqibTanveer
I guess, the title says it all about what I am about to state here. Blacking out Ansar Abbasi on the national broadcast media by the troika of cable operators, channel owners and PEMRA is forcing me this time to tap the keys on my keyboard once again.
Ansar Abbasi is a person who does not have a lot of fans in our, as Talat Hussain puts it, supra-liberal media. He has a lot of critics and bashers who often label him as Jamati, fundamentalist and extremist etc. These bashers and critics may well be happy that a hardline voice that always calls for Islam in the country is out of the scene, though for a small period.
The person, under discussion, has been vigilantly speaking against the obscenity and vulgarity on show on our national television. Testament to Abbasi’s criticism of vulgarity in Pakistani media can be judged by watching a recent program of Talat Hussain. The clips showed in his program were just a tip of the iceberg. Pakistani media has gotten vulgar, obscene and absurd and unfortunately, there is no end to it.