Iqra Aziz retracts project with Feroze Khan in show of support for domestic abuse victims

Iqra Aziz retracts project with Feroze Khan in show of support for domestic abuse victims

Yasir Hussain also spoke against domestic abuse and both extended their support to Aliza Sultan and her family.
26 Oct, 2022

Actor Iqra Aziz has refused to stay silent in the face of injustice. She was not only vocal about the side she’s on but decided to take action in a show of support for victims of domestic violence by opting out of her project with Feroze Khan. She, along with her husband Yasir Hussain, stand with Khan’s former wife Aliza Sultan who recently presented emergency room reports and photos of her bruises in a Karachi family court as proof of abuse.

On Wednesday, Aziz shared a note on Instagram that included hashtags #saynotoviolence and #supportwomen in her caption. “‘To stay silent in the face of injustice is to side with the oppressor.’ In lieu of the situation regarding domestic violence, I have made the difficult but necessary decision to retract my project with Feroze Khan as a sign of support for victims of domestic abuse. I support Aliza Sultan for seeking justice, more strength and power to you,” she wrote. The duo were costars in Khuda Aur Mohabbat 3.

Their current project, of which Aziz has opted out, is reportedly a Geo production.

Actor Hussain also made his stance on the matter public, mentioning the cycle of abuse and what a healthy relationship dynamic is like. “Alhamdulillah, I love my wife and children very much. If I raise a hand on my wife, there is a 90 per cent chance of my son doing the same tomorrow. While it is normal for spouses to fight, it is not normal for them to beat each other like animals.

He added that he is against domestic abuse — it doesn’t matter if it is at the hands of a superstar or a regular person. Making a prayer for Sultan, he said, “I support Aliza and her family. May Allah take away these burdens and bring peace into their lives soon. Amen.”

Photos of Sultan with bruises started circulating on social media on Tuesday along with her emergency room and MLO reports. They were among the documents her legal team submitted to a District East Family Court as well as a report from the Accident and Emergency Department at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre documenting a complaint of assault in November 2020, mentioning “blunt injuries on both arms, [the] back, chest and face”. A “minor nosebleed” was also recorded. The provisional diagnosis read that it was an “assault”.

This caused a stir online as celebrities started to condemn domestic abuse openly. Stars from the entertainment industry such as Mariyam Nafees, Asim Azhar, Osman Khalid Butt, Mansha Pasha, Shae Gill, Ushna Shah, Minal and Aiman Khan and Usman Mukhtar rallied behind Sultan en masse, offering their full support.

Khan released a statement on Tuesday night, denying all abuse allegations levied against him. Calling them “baseless, malicious and untruthful”, he said as a believer of human rights, he has “never knowingly hurt another human being”.

The family court is hearing two cases — one filed by Khan for custody of their two children and another filed by Sultan for maintenance money for the children. The next hearing of the case is on November 1.

The former couple announced their intention to divorce last month, adding that they are in the middle of court proceedings discussing custody and visitation rights for their two children. Sultan had said she was physically and psychologically abused by her former partner during their marriage. Khan refused to comment.


chimichanga Oct 26, 2022 04:39pm
Why didn't these hypocrites stand up for the poor underage girl who got raped in Karachi and in the news these days. She desperately needs attention as she underwent a million times more torture. PATHETIC!
M. Saeed Oct 26, 2022 04:54pm
Divorce is always a very difficult decision for the better half while the lesser half is often doing it because of the rampant lust in the industry.
Nads Oct 26, 2022 05:26pm
Please make sure you pay for the poor guys kids education , and the 20 lacs he has to pay his wife as well. Domestic fights and domestic abuse are two different things.. I am not so sure what courts will decide but many a times the poor children are the real victims .. so she is feeling a high now getting the dad painted as a lunatic and shooting herself in the foot by doing this to her husband but let’s not judge so fast each time a woman cries wolf !
x Oct 26, 2022 05:38pm
@Nads If the shoe fits. Why are you so hell bent on defending the lunatic?
Nads Oct 26, 2022 05:56pm
@x I believe through experience that a professional person who is at the top of his field is likely not a lunatic. I have watched many of this persons plays he is top notch. Now his wife is accusing him of infedility as well as abuse. Both are criminal in my opinion. If he has actually not cheated on her he is only been married four years .. just a new father too, would this not lead to a fight but I am old and in our times a woman doubting her husbands fidelity was considered deplorable and would result in some reaction. Anyhow this will be decided in court what actually elapsed and is sad nonetheless and will end this man’s professional career and badly affect the poor babies..
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Oct 26, 2022 06:38pm
As you sow, so shall you reap.
Multani Oct 26, 2022 08:38pm
Please hear Feroz Khan’s story before judging him on media reports and punishing him, let courts settle that. He cannot be blamed because she said so, investigate first, don’t assume men are bad.
asma Oct 26, 2022 09:20pm
Another virtue signalling celebrity. She was in canada a few months back raising money for flood victims when people were affected by floods here
zahid Oct 26, 2022 10:39pm
Most Pakistani are Violent.
No one Oct 27, 2022 12:51am
Hussain loves Aziz and children, breaking news! Why do you have announce this? Smells rat!
M. Emad Oct 27, 2022 02:49am
Wife-Beating common in Pakistan society.
imran Oct 27, 2022 03:06am
I bycott to watch any future dramas of feroz khan
Mrs.Khalil Oct 27, 2022 07:27am
This is the new trend , some women miss use harassment and abuse allegations for monetary or publicity benefits . Before passing judgment , it’s better to see other side of the picture. Who said this is the man’s world , here people believe women side of the story , whether true or false
Azeem Dar Oct 27, 2022 08:19am
@chimichanga Well said!
Sam Oct 27, 2022 09:23am
Domestic abuse should not be tolerated...people should be educated...and counseling opportunities should be provided for the couples!
Ali Oct 27, 2022 10:58am
Hypocrisy at it's best. The dumb duffers are standing up.
Saba Oct 27, 2022 12:13pm
@Nads what do u mean She should just stay with him for the sake of the kids? You think that is better? when will our society change. She even shouwed pics of the abuse and pplnstill wont believe.. sad state of mind