A petition was filed against the program, which is hosted by Pakistani film and television actor Ahsan Khan, by lawyer Faizullah Khan Niazi on behalf of Santia Gulzar against the TV channel and show.
“PEMRA saw fit to accept my arguments and impose a fine on Express Entertainment for using animals as props for the purposes of entertainment in its show Time Out with Ahsan Khan,” wrote Niazi on Twitter.
The Council of Complaints upheld the rights of animals and stopped unnecessary pain and suffering being caused to them.
The Council after hearing the matter was of the considered view that the treatment towards animals in this specific show caused unnecessary pain and suffering to the animals used as props in the show. Subjugating animals to such uncalled-for treatment is clearly prohibited under Article 4 and Article 9 of the Constitution of Pakistan,” read Pemra’s order.
In one of the show, actress Maya Ali was seen screaming out of fear when the host put the rabbit on her lap.
The complainant argued that such acts cause distress to the animal and accounts as animal cruelty.