Anchor claims video didn’t show him apologise to contestant just moments later
Sahir Lodhi recently faced the wrath of Twitterati after a clip of him insulting a participant on his Ramzan transmission went viral. The girl, who had just started speaking, was shut down by the host when she mentioned Quid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah in her speach. That’s when Lodhi butted in and began blasting her on air.
“Who gave you the permission to question the services of Jinnah? We would have not been living here so freely if he hadn’t helped us,” the 49-year-old actor said. However, the Raasta star has now issued a clarification about his stance on the matter. In a recent eight minute video, Sahir revealed that only one part of the video went viral and that didn’t include his apology to the participant.
“Three days ago, there was a debate in which the participant used a phrase, wishing to challenge, and Junnah’s topic came about and I got a bit stirred,” began Lodhi. “For the first two days, I was appreciated for speaking positively about the founder of our nation. However,on the third day, I came across messages on social media that I spoke in a disrespectful manner to the participant,” he added. “I wasn’t targeting a single person, I was addressing all of us as a nation. However, the other part of the clip wasn’t shown, where I apologised to the girl just moments later.”
He then viewed the clip of the same transmission that had landed him in hot water. In the other part of the video, the actor is seen apologising profusely to the participant. He says, “I humble appologise to you, I got a bit carried away please do not blame Quaid-e-azam, do not blame Liaquat Ali khan. I apologise for the way I spoke, for getting too blunt and curt. Please do forgive me in this world and the hereafter.” Lodhi went on to praise the very same participant,naming her as the best of the lot, Saba (the participant ) was declared runner up in the competition and Sahir acompanied her back to her place on set.
However, Sahir’s possible slip of tongue was served a show-cause notice by Pemra, for the part where he alleged that Jinnah caused deaths of thousands. Since he already apologised to the unintentional unease caused by his ‘moving’ speech for Jinnah, we wonder what Lodhi might have to say about this.