Published On: Fri, Apr 29th, 2016

Asher Azeem challenges ban on “Maalik”/LHC issues notice to federal govt

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KARACHI: Director Asher Azeem challenged federal government’s ban on his film Maalik in Sindh High Court Friday (today).

Azeem, who is a prominent director, writer and actor, said in his petition that the ban on his movie is ‘illegal’.

The petitioner further stated the film was made with cooperation of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) and does not contain anything that goes against public interest.

Earlier, the Lahore High Court (LHC) served a notice to the federal government Friday (today), asking it to clarify position on banning the screening of recently released Pakistani film Maalik.

The notice was issued after LHC Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza heard a writ petition filed by Mehboob Alam, a lawyer in Lahore.

Alam, through his petition, challenged the decision of the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage that banned the screening of the Urdu feature film directed by prominent director and actor Asher Azeem.

Saim Chaudhry, the petitioner’s lawyer contended that the ban came after the censor board approved the movie for screening. “Therefore, the federal government cannot ban it nor does it have the jurisdiction to do so.”

Chaudhry said the film is neither anti-Pakistan nor anti-Islam. “It is only anti-corruption. Therefore, there is no reason to ban the film,” Chaudhry said.

The Lahore High Court (LHC) served a notice to the federal government Friday (today), asking it to clarify position on banning the screening of recently released Pakistani film Maalik.

The notice was issued after LHC Justice Shams Mehmood Mirza heard a writ petition filed by Mehboob Alam, a lawyer in Lahore.

Alam, through his petition, challenged the decision of the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage that banned the screening of the Urdu feature film directed by prominent director and actor Asher Azeem.

Saim Chaudhry, the petitioner’s lawyer contended that the ban came after the censor board approved the movie for screening. “Therefore, the federal government cannot ban it nor does it have the jurisdiction to do so.”

Chaudhry said the film is neither anti-Pakistan nor anti-Islam. “It is only anti-corruption. Therefore, there is no reason to ban the film,” Chaudhry said.

After hearing the case, the judge issued notices to federal government to file its response by May 17.

Meanwhile, Asher Azeem also challenged the ban, filing a petition in Sindh High Court (SHC) today, stating that the ban is ‘illegal’, adding that he filmed his movie with ISPR’s cooperation.

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage issued a notification declaring the movie “uncertified under Section 9 of the Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979.

 

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Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology