The year 2017 winded up with many great things and events that took place throughout the year. It was a year filled with moments of joy, happiness, success, sadness and a little bit of madness but that’s just not it. From some great music produced and new rising stars to amazing movie releases, 2017 was also a year that left us in a whirlwind of controversies all over the place. The major targets of said controversies were some well-known faces of our entertainment industry who although much loved by their fans weren’t spared from the wrath of Pakistanis. As we look back at 2017, here’s a list of 5 of the most controversial stories happened in 2017!
1. Sharmeen Obaid’s overly exaggerated reaction
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy was at the center of a major controversy when she accused a doctor working at Agha Khan University of harassment. The doctor had treated the director’s sister and had sent a friend request to her on Facebook.
Sharmeen took to social media to express her disapproval of the doctor’s lack of professionalism. It also cost the doctor his job. Needless to say, everybody had something to say about the entire situation.
2. The campaign against bloggers
At the start of the year, 5 prominent bloggers and social media activist were reported missing. While there isn’t a lot of clarity in regards to who was responsible for the reported disappearances, the news triggered both good and bad reactions. On one side a large portion of the public expressed their descent at the sudden disappearances of these individuals. While on the other side the popular television host Amir Liaquat launched a campaign against the bloggers accusing them of Blasphemy.
The entire fiasco resulted in death threats to the family members of the bloggers. At the same time, the former Bol TV host was also banned by the regulatory authorities. In the aftermath of the entire situation, social activists and lawyer Jibran Nasir moved against Amir Liaquat after the former made similar accusations against him.
3. The Mahira Khan Scandal
Another controversy that spread like wildfire was the whole Mahira Ranbir scandal. Everything was going smoothly for Mahira until some pictures of her in ‘indecent’ attire hanging out and having a smoke with fellow Indian actor Ranbir Kapoor, surfaced the social media.
It was not long before people started shaming the actress for her choice of attire. Fans were not okay with her way of dressing and did not shy away from pointing out so.
At a promotional event for her movie ‘Verna’, the actress stated: ‘It is my personal life and it is very normal for a boy and girl to hang out.” Being the clever woman that she is, Khan further said how she has learned from the incident. “Nowadays, the media is not only present at events but everywhere. So, I have learned from it (the incident).” Oh we’re sure you’re a bright student Mahira and you learn well.
4. The Amir Khan-Faryal Makhdoom Drama
2017 was a year where Pakistani’s got their own version of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ in our very own Amir Khan and Faryal Makhdoom. The family simply cannot stay away from controversies. The couple engaged in some very public feuds on social media.
It all started with Amir Khan taking to Twitter and calling quits on his marriage & filing for divorce Khan. In a series of tweets, he accused his wife of having an affair with a fellow boxer Anthony Joshua. An Aggravated Faryal also got back on her husband by tweeting that it was Amir who cheated and how she’s fed up with his lies and has been putting up with him all this time.
However, that was just the tip of the iceberg. The two went on to level further accusations at each other. It was quite obvious that the relationship between the two had reached its nadir.
The people who thought this was over were in for a surprise when a couple of months later Faryal again took to Twitter stating that she was pregnant with baby number 2 and that she and Khan were officially back together.
5. Hania Amir Harassing a Fellow Plane Passenger
Hania Amir is a rising star of Pakistani media industry and is known for her funny and quirky personality. However, that did not prevent her from getting involved in a controversy.
The actress posted some Snap chat videos of a fellow passenger on a plane ride. She tried to include the fellow passenger in her video without his consent. The passenger clearly looked uncomfortable with it and was keen on being a part of it.
She captioned her snap saying, “This dude is struggling to get out of my photo” and also, “Every time I try and take my photo, he’s, like, struggling to get out of it. Wait, let’s see!” She then continued making the video until the man was captured in her snap clearly looking uncomfortable.
Naturally social media erupted with fury with people accusing Hania of harassment. Realizing her mistake the actress apologized in an interview with The Express Tribune. She said, “That was not my intention at all. I would like to add that I took the snap down when I saw it again myself, as I found it extremely weird. It came out in the wrong manner.”
She further stated, “I wasn’t harassing anyone…. That definitely wasn’t what I meant to do. It was just an exchange of expressions between two people and I found that hilarious at that time. However, I would still like to apologize to everyone about it.”
That was a wise move you made Hania. We hope it was enough to cool down the rage.