In Pakistan, the month of Ramadan is observed with zeal and excitement. People enjoy spending time in churches. Mosques are bursting at the seams with worshipers. Aside from that, Ramadan includes a plethora of activities and television shows, which begin after Aftar and continue until Sahoor. The shows include games, interviews, and musical performances. Every year, the public raises its voice in opposition to such game shows, but the shows, unfortunately, receive more TRPs than religious shows.
This year, the Ministry of Religious Affairs has issued six rigorous instructions for the Holy Month of Ramadan. The six parameters were developed after studying prior years in which the transmissions provided a lot of amusement to the populace.
In a letter, the ministry advised television stations to rigorously follow the six criteria established by the ministry when broadcasting Ramazan transmissions. According to Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, the entire interest and aim of the transmission should be the advancement of Islamic principles and sectarian unity.
Noor Ul Haq Pir, Minister of Religious Affairs, sent six guiding principles for Ramadan programming in response to public complaints about Ramadan transmission, which are as follows:
1. The top objective of Ramadan programming should be to promote religious and professional unity in society.
2. Professional discussion of controversial themes in Ramadan broadcasting should be avoided as much as possible.
3. The relevant religious knowledge should be available to the Ramadan broadcast hosts.
4. The hosts and guests should dress appropriately for the holy month of Ramadan.
5. It’s important to remember to respect saints and believers.
6. During Sahar and Iftar, avoid watching game shows or other non-serious programming. It should also prohibit immoral and indecent commercials and shows throughout Ramadan. The Ministry of Information, PEMRA, and TV broadcasters should be given appropriate directions.
The ministry has encouraged Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to sign the recommendations. The government has advised television stations to follow the standards in order to avoid any disruptions during Ramadan. The Prime Minister has yet to sign off on the established guidelines.
Let’s have a look at the public reaction following the announcement.