In the wake of considerable public outrage, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has swiftly taken action to impose an immediate prohibition on the airing and subsequent rebroadcast of the TV drama series named “Hadsa.” This decision has been prompted by the widespread condemnation and strong public resentment surrounding the drama’s purported depiction of the Motorway rape case.

The official notification issued was titled “Inappropriate Content/Theme of TV Drama Series Hadsa.” Barrister Khadija Siddiqi, who is an advocate in the High Court, lodged a formal complaint through Barrister Muhammad Ahmed Pansota, a lawyer at the Supreme Court of Pakistan, urging action to be taken in accordance with Section 27 of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002.

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According to the notice released by the regulatory authority, “The immediate broadcasting or re-broadcasting of the TV drama series ‘Hadsa’ is hereby prohibited under Section 27 of the PEMRA Ordinance 2002, as amended by the PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007. Additionally, the matter is being referred to the Council of Complaints for appropriate recommendations, which will then be presented to the Authority for the final decision.”

As per the notice issued by the regulatory body, “Broadcast/re-broadcast of drama serial Hadsa is hereby prohibited immediately under Section 27 of PEMRA Ordinance 2002 as amended by PEMRA (Amendment) Act 2007. The matter is further being referred to the Council of Complaints for appropriate recommendations to the Authority for final decision.”

“The decision of the Complaints Council will shed further light on the drama serial’s fate, considering the guidelines set forth by the PEMRA Act and the PEMRA Code of Conduct. This incident underscores the regulatory body’s role in monitoring and safeguarding the media landscape in Pakistan, upholding content standards.” The statement further added.

The decision came to light after PEMRA conducted an assessment of the drama series. The regulatory body determined that the narrative of “Hadsa” was “highly inappropriate, distressing, and not an accurate representation of Pakistani society.”

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