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'Taliban channel' is a hit with Pakistanis

Pakistanis are getting hooked to 'Channel T', a spoof channel on the Taliban, to divert their attention from acts of terror that have affected almost every section of society.

world Updated: Jul 29, 2009 16:37 IST

Pakistanis are getting hooked to 'Channel T', a spoof channel on the Taliban, to divert their attention from acts of terror that have affected almost every section of society.

Conceived and produced by Younis Butt, whose sense of humour is par excellence, the show begins with two "Taliban" hosts, who speak Urdu with a Pushtu accent, making the all-important announcement: "The opinion of women will not be included on this channel."

The first segment of the programme is a spoof on an awards show. A woman bags the best actor award but since she is a woman she cannot be shown on TV. The "Taliban" anchor announces that the award goes to a woman for her stunning portrayal and then quickly adds – "the co-actors were horses!"

The next segment is the "silent segment" because a woman is scheduled to sing. Since she can't perform under the Taliban regime, she sits fully covered with her back to the audience for a good hour!

Launched by the makers of the popular TV show 'Hum Sab Umeed Sai Hain', the section on 'Channel T' has earned the producers more fans.