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PTV takes Nauman Niaz off-air after spat with Shoaib Akhtar: sources

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Following an on-air spat between former quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar and PTV Sports activities anchorperson Nauman Niaz, the state broadcaster has determined to take Niaz off hair, sources instructed Geo Information.

The choice was taken upon the advice of an inquiry committee fashioned by the PTV to research the episode.

Sources stated that the advice was offered throughout a gathering of the inquiry committee by which the managing director of the state broadcaster, together with different higher-ups, was current. 

Throughout the assembly, the disagreeable episode that occurred between legendary bowler Shoaib Akhtar and Niaz was completely mentioned and a report ready on this regard was additionally reviewed, sources stated.

The inquiry committee stated that it had interviewed each Akhtar and Niaz relating to the spat after which it forwarded the advice of taking Niaz off-air.

It must be recalled that on Tuesday, Akhtar and Niaz had been embroiled in a spat throughout the PTV Sports activities present “Game on Hai”. 

The 2 had been discussing Pakistan’s victory over New Zealand when tensions between Niaz, the host of the present, and Shoaib Akhtar, one of many many adorned panellists on the present, escalated.

Learn extra: Shoaib Akhtar controversy: ‘Dr Nauman Niaz is a no person, he’s very impolite to everybody’

As Shoaib Akhtar was going by some cricket trivia — throughout which he credited the Pakistan Tremendous League’s Lahore Qalandars staff for locating Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf — Niaz appeared to take offence and snapped again at Shoaib.

“You’re being a little rude and I don’t want to say this: but if you’re being over smart, you can go. I am saying this on-air,” Niaz instructed a dumbstruck Shoaib, reducing him quick and shifting to the subsequent visitor for his or her remark.

It wasn’t clear what rubbed Niaz the fallacious method, and it appeared Shoaib himself was caught off guard.

As tensions rose, the present went off-air for a industrial break. After it resumed, the dialogue revolved round cricket as soon as once more however Shoaib Akhtar was visibly disturbed.

A couple of moments later, he unclipped his mic and walked off the present, saying his resignation throughout the stay transmission.

“A lot of apologies guys, a lot of apologies. I am resigning from PTV. The way I have been treated on national TV, I don’t think I should be sitting here right now. So, I am resigning. Thank you very much,” he stated, and left.  

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