Islamabad, Apr 28: Pakistan government has banned screening of controversial film ‘Maalik’. According to a report published in ‘Dawn’, the film directed by Ashir Azeem has been banned nationwide in Pakistan by the Federal Government vide an official notification.
Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, and National Heritage issued a notification declaring this Urdu film “uncertified” as per the provisions of Section 9 of the Motion Pictures Ordinance of 1979, Dawn said.
Director Ashir Azeem also tweeted the ban.
Asher Azeem Gill @ashirazeemgill
Maalik banned again. This time by the Federal Govt. #BanMaalik
The film, released three weeks ago, 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.
In a blink-and-you’ll miss it move last night, the Sindh government decided to ban the film Maalik and then revoked that notice all in the space of a few hours.
The culture ministry had drafted a notification ordering a ban on the movie for being ‘biased’ and inciting violence.
However, before it was formally issued, Sindh chief minister intervened and asked the ministry not to issue it as it would be ‘against the freedom of expression’.
The film team had assured the Sindh government objectionable scenes would be cut, but the film’s certification was revoked as it wasn't done.
Local cinema halls have cancelled the movie's shows with immediate effect and are refunding the tickets following the ban imposed on the film. Nueplex Cinema Hall tweeted about the ban and refunding of tickets.
14 hours ago
It is to inform our patrons, that the film MAALIK has been declared "as an uncertified film for the whole of Pakistan", hence, all its shows have been cancelled with immediate effect. Tickets can be refunded from our box-office. We thank you for your cooperation in this regard.