If you belong to the golden era of the Pakistani drama industry, you would definitely remember the hit drama serials of the ’80s named Teesra Kinara, Bi Jamalo, Tanhaiyaan, Panah and Rashid Minhaaz Shaheed. All of these dramas were directed by one of the greatest directors of Pakistan’s drama industry, Late Shahzad Khalil.
As he gave a lot of success to the drama industry, the work done by Shahzad Khalil was honored by awarding him a number of laurels before and after he passed away in 1989. One of the awards include the Pride of Performance Award, which was awarded to him in 1986 by the government of Pakistan. In addition to this, the government named a road after him in Karachi – Shahzad Khalil Avenue.
With majority of the people in Karachi unhappy with the current government, they just gave another reason to the people to dislike them. The formerly known Shahzad Khalil Avenue is now named as Farooqi Avenue to honor Sharmila Farooqi.
Take a look:
“A GREAT DISHONESTY. SHAME ON SHARMILA FAROOQI. IN NOVEMBER 1991, THE SIDE ROAD OF PTVS KARACHI CENTRE WAS NAMED AFTER LEGENDRY AND PRIDE OF PAKISTAN PRODUCER SCHEZAD KHALIL WHO HAS A LONG LIST OF DRAMA SERIALS LIKE “TANHAIAN” “TEESRA KINARA” AND A MOST DIFFICULT TO PRODUCED PLAY, “NISHAN- E HYDER” ON RASHID MINHAS SHAHEED AND A SERIES OF PLAY” PANAH” ON AFGHAN ISSUE AND VARIOUS OTHER TOP QUALITY SERIALS.
HE IS RECIPIENT OF CIVIL AND INTERNATIONAL AWARDS. CHANGING THE NAME OF SCHEZAD KHALIL TO FAROOQI AVENUE IS THE ACT OF HIGH HANDEDNESS. SCEHZAD KHALIL, AN INSCRIPTION IN MARBLE PLATE PLACED ON THE WALL OF PTV WHICH CARRIED THE NAME OF SCHEZAD KHALIL AS WELL AS A BRIEF DISCRETION TO THE AFFECT THAT THIS INITIATIVE WAS TAKEN BY THE PAKISTAN TELEVISION SOLIDIRATY.
NOW THE CEMENTED BOARD PLACED BY THE KARACHI METROPOLITAN CORPORATION ON WHICH THERE WAS A BIG INSCRIPTION THAT IT IS SCHEZAD KHALIL AVENUE. THIS CEMENTED BOARD HAS BEEN REMOVED AND ANOTHER BOARD HAS BEEN PLACED WHICH IS NAMED AS FAROOQI ROAD. THIS INSCRIPTION HAS BEEN SUPPLEMENTED BY AN INSCRIPTION WHICH HOLDS SHARMILA SHIBA FAROOQI IN THE HIGHEST ESTEEM. SHE GOT CHANGED THE NAME OF THE ROAD AS FAROOQI AVENUE.
THIS IS SHAMEFUL. SHARMILA SHIBA FAROOQI IS THE MINISTER IN THE SINDH GOVT FOR CULTURE AND TOURISM. SCHEZAD KHALIL WAS PRIDE OF PAKISTAN. THE GOVT SHOULD RESTORE THE ORIGINAL NAME OF THE ROAD AND SHARMILA SHIBA SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO BOOK. THIS CHANGE OF NAME HAS INFURIATED THE PTV SENIOR PRODUCERS AS WELL AS WELL AS THE JUNIORS AND OTHER STAFF MEMBERS.
IF IT IS NOT DONE SO WE WILL ORGANIZE PROTEST NOT ONLY AT KARACHI CENTER BUT ALSO AT LAHORE AND ISLAMABAD. THE ASSOCIATIONS OF PTV OFFICERS AND UNIONS WILL TAKE PART IN IT. LET’S SEE WHAT STEP THE PROUD KARACHI TVS GENERAL MANAGER MR AMEEN MEMON TAKES, AS HE CLAIMS TO BE THE BIGGEST FAN OF LATE SCHEZAD KHALIL.”