Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Zara Sochieye?
Zara Sochieye (THINK) is a formal drive initiated by GEO Television
Network that attempts to highlight issues that promote and/or
represent imbalance and injustice in our society and have
divided us for years. As the name suggests Zara Sochieye will
include all such issues that have become so integrated into
our society that we have stopped thinking about them. GEO,
therefore, aims to explore new dimensions of an existing problem
and create a platform for creative thinking and discourse
between diverse people and ideas.
2. Why is GEO initiating a debate on this (Hudood Ordinance)
particularly religious sensitive issue, when there are so
many other areas of concern in society to take on?
This is neither the first time nor the first issue that GEO
is bringing to the forefront. This particular initiative should
be seen as a part of our brand’s continued effort to shed
light on ‘’controversial’’ issues which in actuality, might
be less controversial than people think. They might be considered
controversial because they haven’t been explored enough due
to intolerance, lack of information, parochial mindset and
GEO respects all religions, especially Islam which, promotes
tolerance peace and understanding. GEO believes that tolerance,
peace and understanding will also come through debate and
discourse and access to information, lack of which, is the
primary road block to such high ideals.
3. Is GEO taking a position on this issue?
GEO doesn’t take sides on political issues. This is, in fact,
not an issue that should be political and we are breaking
the political barrier around it so that it can be discussed
and debated. Having said that, GEO will always be on the side
of Geo Aur Geenay Do (“Live and Let Live”). GEO’s moto promotes
tolerance, freedom and equality and in making these words
our slogan, we have taken on the responsibility to play our
part in creating a society that promotes these values. These
values will, in turn, promote independent thought in our society
without fear of reprisals which, will be beneficial for all
On an issue like the Hudood Ordinance, GEO wants to empower
its viewers with information on all aspects of the issue so
that they can independently decide what position they want
to take on the matter. We think this is a difficult task,
and therefore, we are invoking people to think with our slogan,
4. Who has GEO worked with in order to produce this initiative?
GEO has developed this entire initiative in house without
any pressure or influence from any other agency. No support
has been taken from the Government of Pakistan, non- governmental
organizations, any political party or any other local or foreign
agency or government. The initiative has been researched,
designed, developed and implemented thoroughly by GEO’s own
research and production team. The members of this team are
full time employees of the channel without any association
to any social or political organization, but rather, with
a conscience of Geo Aur Geenay Do (‘Live and Let Live’).
5. Does GEO want the Hudood Ordinance amended/repealed?
Geo does not aim to repeal the Hudood Ordinance or amend it.
That is a decision that the people of Pakistan have to take
through their representatives in the National Assembly. We
do, however, want to shed light on the Hudood Ordinance, its
issues and what experts on the topic think. We believe that
there is more consensus about what should be done about the
Ordinance than not. We would like to be a platform for the
debate which can lead to such a consensus.
Like always GEO will attempt to live up to its credibility
by involving all stakeholders, experts and most of all, public
opinion and feedback throughout the debate process. Feedback
is welcome and encouraged
Why are women and NGO representatives mysteriously missing
from your experts and panels of the Debates and Promos?
years, the Hudood Ordinance issue has been polarized, as well
as politicized. Another way to approach the issue besides
from a human rights or women rights perspective is Islam's
rights. Islam has a right to be represented properly, and
not be tied with unjust or confusing laws. This point can
be better and more clearly communicated by scholars. Ideally
every stakeholder should have a role in this debate but we
realized that including women could have polarized opinion
and may have distracted from the main issue at hand. People
could easily be distracted into concentrating on arguing over
'who' is commenting rather than 'what' is being said.