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Pakistan TV comedy 'insults' Christians

TV show depicts Christians as 'inferior' and 'greedy'

Pakistan TV comedy 'insults' Christians

A customer choosing the CDs of a private television channel series on the repeal of Islamic laws at a shop in Islamabad in this file photo.  (Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP)

April 17, 2017

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Pakistan Minorities Teachers' Association has taken a stand against a TV comedy that, they say, is insulting to Christians.

The association shared its reservations with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) in a letter sent last week.  

Baji Irshad is a Pakistani TV show that tells the story a Christian Punjabi maid in a house full of colorful characters, according to the show's Facebook page

"This drama features religious, racial, social, economic and educational discrimination against Christians. All the decent and well-mannered characters are in the pockets of Muslims. Christians are presented uneducated as they wrongly speak Urdu and English," Anjum James Paul, chairperson of the Pakistan Minorities Teachers' Association, told ucanews.

"Christians are presented doing menial jobs, inferior, greedy, without etiquette, superstitious, scandalizing their daughters, having love affairs and disrespecting their family members," he added.

Father Morris Jalal, founder of Lahore Archdiocese's Catholic TV appreciated the association's stand.

"The drama pokes fun at illiterate Christian women. If I used the nicknames of their characters for Muslims in real life, I will be hanged. The Catholic Church needs a media forum and a spokesman to raise a voice against such insulting dramas," he said.

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