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SHC adjourns hearing of petition against ban on controversial movie

June 3, 2016

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Friday adjourned the hearing of a petition filed by controversial film ‘Malik’ director who had challenged the country-wide ban of his movie, till 9th June 2016.

The SHC bench, headed by Chief Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, was hearing the petition requesting the court to lift the ban on screening of the movie. The deputy attorney general stated that additional attorney general Salman Talibuddin is currently out of the country. He requested the court to adjourn the hearing.

The petitioners counsel, Farogh Naseem stated that after 18th amendment only provincial’s censor boards have the authority to ban any film which is against the rules and the film was approved by Sindh and Punjab censor boards before release.

The court adjourned the hearing till 9, June 2016.

Earlier, the director of the film had moved the court against the government for banning the controversial movie from screening all over the country. The petitioner submitted that he had spent Rs 40 million on the film. He added that he had written the script of the movie in 2002 but started its shooting two years ago.

Ashir Azeem submitted that he had obtained clearance certificate from censor board, therefore the ban is illegal and unjustified.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in its reply to the court had submitted that the controversial film is against the spirit of national action plan as the politicians had been portrayed to be corrupt, immoral and dishonest with the people.

The voters got humiliated with the movie as their representatives were shown as villains. The entire political system had been shown as unjust and all the politicians were portrayed as corrupt in the film CBFE had submitted earlier.

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