Ban on artistes violating cultural values sought
ISLAMABAD: The Senate standing committee on culture on Monday asked the Ministry of Culture to ban any artiste who violates the decorum and damages country’s prestige by ignoring its cultural values abroad.
The recommendation was in line with the announcement made by Interior Minister Rehman Malik on the floor of National Assembly the other day that in future every artist and student will be bound to take a no-objection certificate (NOC) from his ministry before going abroad.
The committee, which met at the headquarters of the Film Censor Board with its chairman Senator Neelofar Bakhtiar in the chair, said those artists who visit other countries to perform should take care of Pakistan’s prestige.
The committee also discussed the incentives accorded to the film industry and stressed collective efforts to steer the industry out of the present crisis by removing the bottlenecks in the way of making standard movies.
It was proposed that film production should be included in the educational syllabus and students be provided scholarships in the sector. The committee also recommended introduction of modern techniques with the cooperation of friendly countries in the art of film making and steps for opening digital labs.
It directed FBR and the culture ministry to prepare a detailed list of such items which can help the film industry come out of the crisis situation.