Pakistan News Service

Monday Feb 18, 2019, Jumada-al-thani 12, 1440 Hijri
Pakistan News Home -> Top -> News Details

Film Maalik cleared to be screened again

07 September, 2016

  Related News  
Pakistan always been strong and today it is stable: General Raheel Sharif
Happy Defence Day to All Pakistan
  More on this View All

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday declared the federal government's controversial ban on film Maalik illegal and cleared it to be screened again.

The federal government had put a ban on Maalik which was released on April 8 nationwide, declaring it “uncertified” and making it unfit for screening in the country.

Ashir Azeem, the film's director, had challenged the ban in court saying the ban on Maalik had been imposed by the government without having the authority to do. The authority to establish censor boards was a prerogative of provincial governments following the 18th amendment, he had argued.

"The story and script of the film... is not directed towards the government or the working of the government at large. The film was made with the intention to highlight the political and social issues of Pakistan," he said.

During the hearing of the application, a division bench of the SHC led by Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah cleared the film for screening across the country while ruling the ban illegal.

Azeem celebrated the court ruling about his directorial debut on Twitter saying: "We waited patiently [and] we did not release the film illegally. We suffered but kept faith and today we are vindicated."

Maalik had generated complaints regarding its controversial depiction of the Taliban and parallels with the assassination of a prominent government official by his personal security guard.

After three weeks of successful screening in multiplexes, and not before it was given the certificate for public viewing, the Sindh government decided to ban the film on April 26 — only to revoke that notice a few hours later.

A day later, the federal government banned the film nationwide, declaring the Urdu feature film "uncertified" according to Section 9 of the Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979. The government did not provide any explanation for banning the film in its notification.

 What do you think about the story ? Leave your comments!

Heading (Optional)
Your Comments: *

Your Name:*
E-mail (Optional):
City (Optional):
Country (Optional):
Field marked(*) are mandatory.
Note. The PakTribune will publish as many comments as possible but cannot guarantee publication of all. PakTribune keeps its rights reserved to edit the comments for reasons of clarity, brevity and morality. The external links like http:// https:// etc... are not allowed for the time being to be posted inside comments to discourage spammers.

  Speak Out View All
Military Courts
Imran - Qadri long march
Candid Corner
Exclusive by
Lt. Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
Pakistan itself a victim of state-sponsored terrorism: Qamar Bajwa
Should You Try Napping During the Workday?
Suggested Sites