The Islamabad High Court has reversed the suspension of the controversial TV drama 'Hadsa,' believed to be based on the motorway rape case that deeply affected the nation.
Nearly three years after the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) imposed a suspension on the TV show 'Hadsa,' the Islamabad High Court lifted the ban with certain conditions for its broadcast. The verdict has sparked various reactions.
During the Monday hearing, the IHC considered a plea filed by the TV channel's counsel, who argued that PEMRA had banned the show based on a complaint without allowing an opportunity for clarification or response. PEMRA's lawyer defended the ban, stating that the serial closely mirrored the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway gang rape incident.
The Media Regulatory Authority's lawyer described the TV show's plot as "highly inappropriate and disturbing" and claimed it portrayed a negative image of Pakistani citizens.
Following the arguments, the IHC judge lifted the ban but requested an undertaking from the producers not to broadcast the alleged controversial scene.
The makers of 'Hadsa' expressed their delight after the IHC ruling. Director and actor Wajahat Rauf expressed gratitude for the court's decision, stating that the Honourable Islamabad High Court has allowed their fictional character, Taskeen, to share her inspirational story of seeking justice for herself and other survivors like her.
Rauf further elaborated that the leading character's story is one of survival and resilience, emphasizing the pursuit of justice rather than victimhood.