30 Jan '12, 7am

Pak liberals pick on someone of their own size, and it's Maya Khan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — In a rare victory for Pakistani liberals, a private TV station decided to fire a popular morning show host after she sparked outrage by running around a public park trying to expose young, unmarried couples hanging out, a taboo in this conservative Muslim country. Pakistani liberals derided host Maya Khan 's behavior on Twitter and Facebook, comparing it to the kind of moral policing practiced by the Taliban , and started an online petition asking Samaa TV to end this "irresponsible programming" and apologize. The company responded Saturday in a letter sent to reporters saying it had decided to fire Khan and her team and cancel her show because she refused to issue an unconditional apology for the Jan. 17 program. Samaa TV's decision marked an unusual victory for Pakistan 's beleaguered liberal minority, which has become more marginalized as the country ha...

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