Pemra serves notice to Coke Studio, Salman Ahmad over indecent content

07:52 PM | 20 Aug, 2017
Pemra serves notice to Coke Studio, Salman Ahmad over indecent content
PEMRA has served a notice to Coke Studio over its failure to censor the carnage that was version 2.0 of Sayonee.

Salman Ahmad has also been served a notice by the regulatory body but he has additionally been charged with Qatl-e-Am of a melody close to every Pakistani's heart.

Here is a video of his arrest:


Sayonee 2.0 has been described as cringeworthy at best and subsequently, the torches and pitchforks are out, with fans demanding a change in management. We are not far from the time when ‘Yeh Bik Gayi Hai Gormint’ is replaced with ‘Yaar Rohail Hyatt hee sahi tha’ as the most frequently used sentence in Pakistan.

While state regulatory bodies have been oft-criticized for their heavy handed approach when dealing with the arts, public outrage suggests that PEMRA actually went soft on these guys.

The release of the song as part of Coke Studios 10th season has shocked Twitter to the extent that no one noticed Ali Sethi's appearance as the tin man (with Tourette’s) from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ as well as Ali Zafar's unfortunate attempt to look like Jack Sparrow.

You will remember this as the day you were serenaded by 'ghareebon ka Jack Sparrow'

Salman Ahmad surely owes everyone an apology for ruining Sayonee for all the listeners of Coke Studio but perhaps the most aggrieved in this situation may be Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. It is unclear how Salman Ahmad persuaded him that he could emulate the iconic performance of Ali Azmat but it is clear who has suffered the most from this.

Critics of Coke Studio have cited Sayonee as a symptom of the declining standard of Coke Studio. Perhaps one of the positives that we can take from the second episode is that it made the first episode look good and an optimist like me can only appreciate season 10 for making season 9 bearable. Over to you, Pepsi.

Zeeshan Iftakhar is a student of Law at LUMS and a keen admirer of qeemay walay naan.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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