The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting has summoned former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and Dr Noman Niaz, who is attached to the government sports channel, to the next meeting of the committee.
Chairman Standing Committee Senator Faisal Javed said during the meeting on Wednesday that the incident with Shoaib Akhtar on PTV program hurt the feelings of cricket fans. If there is reconciliation between the two then why are they off air? ? ‘
Faisal Javed said, “Noman Niaz has apologized and Shoaib has also apologized. He wants both of them to be aired.”
On this occasion, Senator Irfan Siddiqui said, “Was the incident a private matter of Noman Niaz and Shoaib? Was there any disgrace on state TV in this incident? Shoaib and Noman Niaz forgave each other, so what happened?
“After the reconciliation between Shoaib Akhtar and Noman Niaz, the inquiry committee has terminated the probe,” MDPTV told the committee.
He told the committee members that Dr Noman Niaz had recorded his statement in the committee. Shoaib Akhtar was also called by the committee but he did not come.
He further said that PTV management has suspended Dr. Noman Niaz from the program. Noman Niaz is now working as the director of sports.
“Shoaib Akhtar has resigned from PTV,” MD PTV said.
On this, the chairman of the committee Faisal Javed said, “Whoever gave a statement in the committee and also apologized was suspended?” We would like to hear the views of Dr. Noman Niaz and Shoaib Akhtar in the next meeting.
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It may be recalled that during the cricket program on the official sports channel in October last year, the host Noman Niaz had behaved inappropriately towards cricketer Shoaib Akhtar after which Shoaib Akhtar left the program.
Along with public opinion on social media, politicians and government ministers also blamed Shoaib Akhtar for anchoring, after which PTV took the two off air and formed a committee to investigate the matter.
In November, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry invited Shoaib Akhtar and Noman Niaz to his house and made peace between the two.
In the video released by the Ministry of Information, anchor Noman Niaz apologized to Shoaib Akhtar and Shoaib Akhtar accepted the apology.