GEO Entertainment Suspends Contract With Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar, Writer Snaps Back
Geo Entertainment’s decision of suspending Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar’s contract has sparked another debate on social media
Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar, the writer of many famous television and film projects, has been surrounded by one controversy or the other for quite some time now. Owing to his recent controversy with the human rights activist Marvi Sirmed, GEO Entertainment and 7th Sky Entertainment decided to suspend their four drama serials and one film contract with Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar until he apologised for his misconduct.
According to the statement released by GEO Entertainment on their official social media accounts, ‘GEO Entertainment and 7th Sky Entertainment have suspended four drama serials and one film script with Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar until he apologises for using indecent language in a TV show. This was a non-exclusive agreement as he has with several other channels.’
According to the channel, the organization believed in a healthy debate. Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar not only abused a woman but also refused to accept and apologise.
‘GEO has always aimed to create an enabling environment for thought and debate even if that includes criticism on the organization itself. GEO Aur Geenay Do. We believe that everyone has a right to express their opinions and culture of the healthy debate should be encouraged. Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar not only used abusive language against a woman but also refused to accept his mistake and apologise for it.'
This decision taken by GEO Entertainment was lauded by many people who also demanded other television channels to end their contracts with him. However, many criticized this decision against the writer and started the Twitter trend #BoycottGeo.
Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar also had something to say on this news. According to him, it was GEO channel which needed him and not him who needed work there because he was already an established writer. He found it funny. Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar also mentioned that his pen couldn't be snubbed by the campaigns against him and he would continue his struggle for the 'pious' women of Pakistan.
Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar has been known for his more often than usual misogynistic comments against women. While the writer has often been criticized for his regressive and assertive views, this time it was on a live television show with the human rights activist Marvi Sirmed where Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar could not keep calm and ended up using abusive language against her. Many celebrities, politicians, activists, and social media users condemned the writer for his misconduct. However, many also supported his stance on social media.