Hum Awards and General Elections 2018

Hum Tv's tagline, "taking Pakistan to the World"

The recent Hum TV Award Show was held with great fanfare in Canada. Having such Award shows is a good thing because this way the Pakistani talent get a boost to their ego that they can perform better in future and they need to promote the Pakistani culture in a positive manner. Now coming to the real point, why were the awards held in Canada and not in Pakistan.

From Left to Right: Yumna Zaidi, Sajal Ali, Mahira Khan, Mawra Hocane, Hania Amir.
Armeena Khan with her fiancé
Shehzad Sheikh accompanied by Yumna Zaidi.

The typical answer for such a question usually is that there was a security risk in Pakistan. I don’t get it; you can shoot a whole play or movie in Pakistan but not get an award for it in Pakistan. Strange, because what was wrong with the security when they were shooting the play or movie here. The security was pretty good then so it will be pretty good on the award show too. We need to have these award shows in Pakistan now; this will help promote tourism as well as bring more jobs to the local event organizers as well. Secondly even if they were supposed to be held in Canada, why were they held around the time of the elections, when all or at least most of the actors and actresses were abroad? Very few of the stars voted in this election.

Sajal Ali, Fawad Khan, Iqra Aziz attending the Hum Awards 2018.
Imran Ashraf and Ahsan Talish, Sanam Saeed, Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan.

The Hum TV Awards should either have been postponed or not happened at all at a time like this. The voting process is a very important part of a society and depriving one or a few from the right to vote is extremely hurtful. The actors and actresses should have spoken up about the fact that they need to vote because it is a national obligation on their part to vote for the right cause and person. Especially in a country like ours, every vote counts and what really matters is the fact if a person does not vote than he or she has had the right taken from them to speak for or against a particular leader. Why?  They did not have the decency, to vote, for the right person in the first place.

The stars of ‘Yakeen Ka Safar’: Sajal Ali and Ahad Raza Mir.
Ahad Raza Mir, starring in upcoming film, ‘Parwaaz Hai Junoon’.

So, to make your vote count, such events should be held in Pakistan to promote Pakistan and secondly so that every vote should count and Hum TV should be held accountable for the fact that such an issue has arisen and should be issued a warning that on or near such important national events, the public should be available for the national cause.