The court hasn't issued stay order for Nigar Awards -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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The court hasn’t issued stay order for Nigar Awards

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Last week’s announcement of nominations for the upcoming 47th Nigar Film Awards have led to serious backlash from certain quarters of the industry. Many people believe that the process (apparently people’s choice) through which the nominations have been finalized is not fair as it includes names that do not deserve any recognition.

Last week’s announcement of nominations for the upcoming 47th Nigar Film Awards have led to serious backlash from certain quarters of the industry. Many people believe that the process (apparently people’s choice) through which the nominations have been finalized is not fair as it includes names that do not deserve any recognition.

The latest buzz surrounding the ceremony, which will take place next month after a gap of over 12 years, is that the court has issued a stay order to stop the proceedings until some issues are resolved. Usama Qazi, proprietor of Lush, has filed an application with the High Court against the Chairman of Nigar Awards, Aslam Ilyas Rashidi for breaking a ten-year contract with him and joining hands with another party for the ceremony. However, a source close to Nigar Awards management informed Instep that it is not true and that the contract was terminated on December 4, 2016.

“The court hasn’t issued any stay order for the Nigar Awards and it’s just a way of pulling us down,” the source told Instep. “Those who were trying to bring the awards back for the last 2 years but didn’t succeed are doing it since we managed to do what they couldn’t. They are portraying it in such a way so that it causes damage to us; the court hasn’t asked us to delay it.”

However, the source explained that due to the damage caused by rumors against Nigar Awards, there is a possibility that the ceremony maybe postponed. Time will tell.

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