Currently, the incident with Khalil-ur-Rehman and Marvi Sirmed is common knowledge. Writer and activist clashed in an appearance in a live Neo News talk show that ended with Khalil-ur-Rehman abusing Sirmed and using the most appalling language, just because she used the slogan “Mera jism, meri marzi”.
During all this mess, the show’s host Ayesha Ehtisham did nothing to pacify Khalil-ur-Rehman, but constantly tried to shut down Marvi Sirmed. While Marvi Sirmed spoke in turn and interrupted Khalil-ur-Rehman, this does not mean that he can use such language to speak to any human being, let alone a woman at the live television. So why was the host targeting only Sirmed and not ending the absurd rant of Khalil-ur-Rehman?
Ayesha Ehtisham apologized for the way things went on her show through a statement on Instagram:
Although the apology could be appreciated by many, the host could have gone further and tolerated Khalil-ur-Rehman instead of ALWAYS trying to stay diplomatic. In our view, the controversial writer was the only one to use reckless and vulgar language that was completely out of place and should have been the one Ethisham was trying to calm down.
Neo News executive director Nasrullah Malik also went on Twitter to apologize to Marzi Sirmed on behalf of the network: