AND RESPECT WOMEN
This was stated by Sonia Ahmed, President of Miss Canada Pakistan Inc., when contacted on telephone for comments on the show and role of the media run by Canadians of Pakistani Origin.
“The media run by Canadians of Pakistani Origin has disappointed and hurt me a lot. I gave them a lot of respect and cooperated with them in the best possible ways. In return, every time they wrote rubbish against me and my show. I tolerated them and their venomous propaganda a lot but was compelled to decide and declare a ban on their entry to my shows. Now I will not let them come near my shows for even 100 years. Police will be there to make sure they don’t enter or create a scene. I will not hesitate in throwing them out of the hall. The show is mine and I reserve the right to even make the VIP leave the premise. One can imagine how much I am fed up with them,” Sonia said.
SCENE: Sonia Ahmed said: “The scene that was created in my latest
show was just shameful and horrible. The abuses hurled at me were the
filthiest Punjabi ones ever heard. I have not one, two or three but
about twenty five witnesses. The person boasted of being an editor of a
leading Urdu newspaper but was a total nuisance. He lowered the heads in
shame of the Pakistani community in
“Being a Canadian of Pakistani Origin,
this decision was very painful for me. I too love
JOURNALISTS: Sonia said: “I cannot let any yellow journalist and
such creeps exploit, blackmail, harass and threaten me. I belong to a
highly respected and educated class. I damn care about them. I am ready
to face them on all fronts. It is necessary to teach them a good lesson.
“I am not alone. My colleagues and team mates are all females. They are all with me. We are a group of liberal minded women, mostly young ones of age group up to 30. Being liberal does not mean that we are promoting pornography or corrupting the society, as these creep of darkness and illiteracy class think and propagate. We are broad-minded and think of good and betterment in the best open and positive ways. This is our right, commitment and objective,” she said.
MUSLIM: Sonia said: “They keep changing my religion by labeling me
as Ahmadi, Shia and blah, blah. Let me declare that I am a Sunni Muslim
and a Canadian of Pakistani Origin and I am proud of it.
I don’t feel ashamed of being called a Pakistani. I love my
country of origin very much. That is why I am promoting
“In the beginning, I
was given a very hard time but now the sailing is smooth. Now people
understand us and our objective. What is the harm if Indians including
Hindus too are supporting us? Don’t they belong to
“I am not against anyone. I don’t interfere in activities of Mullahs or others and don’t give any comment against them. They are doing their job and we ours. Let it be as such. I am focusing only on our objective and its promotion. This itself is a tough job and a great challenge,” Sonia said.
“It also brings
Pakistani women in new light as artists, judges and contestants. The
company has been successfully running since 2002 and is always looking
for intelligent and confident individuals representing
Sonia said: “The first official Pakistani
beauty pageant took place in Canada under the awning of Miss Canada
Pakistan Inc. Zehra Sheerazi was the first queen crowned as Miss
Pakistan World 2003, who later became the first Pakistani delegate to
participate in an international pageant, World Miss University Pageant
2003. She achieved the title of Miss Peace Ambassador. Since then the
international pageant doors opened up for Pakistani beauty queens
through the company.
Sonia said: “Miss
Pakistan World has officially become a global pageant under the name,
Miss Pakistan World, with delegates participating from all corners of
the world. This year
Sonia Ahmed said: “
In her concluding remarks, Sonia said: “My message is very clear: The
world must know that
For details of all the shows and the organization, visit the website: www.misscanadapakistan.com.
EDITOR ARRESTED/CHARGED: In a Press release issued recently by the Urdu newspaper and the Canadian lawyer, it was stated: “On April 25, 2006, Mr. Muhammad Afzaal, Canadian Managing Editor of The New York-based Urdu language newspaper Pakistan Post, was arrested and charged by Peel Regional police. He was released on bail to appear before court on 24 of May 2006.
“Muhammad. Afzaal Rana
is the Managing Editor of the Pakistan Post, the largest Urdu language
“On April 25, 2006,
Mr. Muhammad Afzaal Rana was arrested by Peel Regional Police. He was
charged under section 264.1 (1) (a) Criminal Code for uttering death
threats to Sonia Ahmed. Mr. Muhammad states that his newspaper has been covering
this event for last three years. Pakistan Post is the only Urdu language
“The paper has been
editorializing the issues of women rights and freedom for many years.
This newspaper is constantly publishing articles and columns against
fundamentalism and cultural oppression in
“Muhammad maintains that it is a conspiracy against him and his paper. He said that this false case was registered against him because of his impartial and accurate reporting about this event and its sponsors. Muhammad maintains that his case is an example of the personal vendetta and attack on the freedom of expression.
“Barrister Abdul Hamid Bashani Khan, a Canadian Lawyer acting
for the defendant, said that the paper is widely respected for its
liberal polices and for holding the highest standards of journalism. He
said that 'Freedom of expression' is one of the fundamental freedom
protected by section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom.
This right is widely respected in
“The groups who are trying to curtail this right are using different means to intimidate the media. A group of pro-Taliban Afghanis placed a bomb in an Urdu newspaper office couple of year ago, and eventually forced the newspaper to close down through conspiracies, civil and criminal law suits. Many pressure groups try to sue and implicate journalists in false criminal cases. Small community newspapers are the easy target because they do not have enough resources to pay legal bills and defend themselves in courts of law.
“He said that the groups which do not respect journalists' right to report freely try to use the institutions of government as the instruments of media harassment and intimidation and force the newspapers to declare bankruptcy. This is highly troubling and unfortunate situation in South Asian community. Using police and threat to use the courts is an attempt to stifle the liberal and progressive Urdu language newspapers.”
The Canadian laywer, Abdul Hamid Bashani
Khan, is a Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public. His website is www.hamidlawoffice.com.