Producer Wajahat Rauf and his wife Shazia Wajahat’s drama Hadsa has been allowed to resume broadcasting after Islamabad High Court revoked PEMRA’s ban.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has recently released a statement on overturning the ban on the controversial drama serial Hadsa.
Taking to X on September 18, 2023, the legal expert Reema Omar posed a copy of IHC’s statement which mentioned that the regulation board did not lend an ear to the directors before announcing the ban.
The statement read, “The inconvenience caused to the applicant/appellant side including their irreparable loss is visible, all these ingredients compel this Court to pass the injunctive order.”
Wajahat Rauf posted a statement on his Instagram account to announce the good news.
He said, “The Honourable Islamabad High Court has allowed our fictional character Taskeen to tell her inspirational story of getting justice for herself and all other survivors like her. ”
The 46-year-old actor remarked, “Taskeen's story is about how she became a survivor instead of a victim with a resolute struggle for justice. We are grateful that viewers will get to see the story in its entirety.”
Furthermore, the Lahore Se Aagey director has addressed the ongoing criticism on Hadsa and shared that it was not based on the motorway incident. He mentioned that the purpose of the show was to raise awareness about the ordeal rape survivors and what they go through.
As reported by The Current, Wajahat revealed, “The drama is not based on the motorway incident. The protagonist, her husband, her three children, the family dynamics, the police officers who investigate the crime, the reason behind the crime, and the trial are all fictional. The only thing common is the part that the incident occurred on a highway.”
He added, “The last thing we would want to do is be insensitive towards someone who has been a victim of this brutal crime. It is our opinion that it would be far more insensitive towards the victims if we did not adopt a condemnation tone; in that case, one might argue that we are not at all familiar with the trauma that a rape victim goes through.”
The lead actress of Hadsa Hadiqa Kiani also posted a statement on her Instagram account to answer the critiques, claiming that she consulted the team and script writer before accepting the role.
PEMRA announced the ban on the popular ongoing drama series by releasing a statement on August 31, 2023.
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