Published On: Sat, Oct 8th, 2016

SC forbade govt for harassing Maalik’s director



The Supreme Court recommended on this Friday to the federal government to impede niggling the director of the feature film ‘Maalik’ and present a report on abhorrent content in the film.

In the meantime, the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) confessed in front of the court that the ban on ‘Maalik’ had been forced devoid of scrutinized complainants.

The court noticed that there was zilch obnoxious in the movie under Section 9 of the Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979.

The two-judge bench, consisting Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Qazi Faez Isa, is taking the federal government’s plea in opposition to the Sindh High Court judgment.

Chairman of the censor board Mubashir Hassan told on Friday that the board had banned the movie on numerous grievances by common public as politicians and judiciary were criticized in the movie. He, though, confessed that no question was held into the claims.

Justice Qazi said “You did not hold the inquiry so you prima facie violated the law,”

Upon this the censor board chief said that observations were providing on members of the board, saying them to provide causes for the ban.

Justice Qazi inquired from the censor board chief “You issued notices to the members, did you issue the notice to yourself? You approved the screening of the film and the next day you banned it when your mood changed on a single phone. Isn’t it the way of corruption? What is it that you people actually want? Do you want to screen Indian movies and devastate Pakistani film industry?”

Chairman satisfied that the movie possessed a scene in which a character says: ‘All state institutions have failed to perform their functions and the judiciary is good for nothing … and the whole system will collapse.”

Justice Qazi told: “Don’t worry about us and our job … you do your own job.”

Qazi further added “Don’t encroach upon our domain and don’t become our (judiciary’s) guardians,”

The matter was afterward suspended for two weeks.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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