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KARACHI: SHC issues notice to govt in film case

KARACHI, March 08, 2006: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the federal ministry of culture and the central board of films censors for March 14 in a petition of by a film production company seeking permission for screening of its pre-partition film.

M/s Mehboob Motion Picture Company, which produced film ‘Anmol Ghari’ in 1946 is aggrieved by persistent denial of respondents to certify its film for exhibition. It was contended that the print of the film was in Karachi at the time of partition in 1947 and the film was neither imported from nor produced in India. The petitioner submitted two others films, ‘Noor Jehan’ and ‘Kashish’, produced in India, were allowed exhibition in 1984 but it remains deprived of permission for reasons best known to respondents.

According to the petitioner, Pakistani singer/actress Noor Jehan was in the lead role and the movie did not contain anything prejudicial to the interests of Pakistan, Islamic values or morality.

The court was requested to direct the censor board to issue necessary certificate and allow the exhibition of the film.

An SHC division bench, comprising Justices Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Mohammad Athar Saeed, after preliminary hearing of petition, issued notices to respondents as well as a federal attorney.
Source: Dawn