Industry status for filmmaking
LAHORE: Federal Culture Minister Pir Aftab Jilani on Tuesday announced the status of industry for film-making in the country.
Speaking at a seminar on “Revival of Film Industry in Pakistan” here, he said the government was alive to the need for revival of film-making and the profession had been given the status of industry.
He said the government was aware of the problems being faced by film-makers and other stakeholders in the profession. He said the federal cabinet had given its consent to the step being announced by him.
He said the Federal Board of Revenue would now deal with the profession on a par with other industrial sectors. Explaining other benefits the new industry would accrue, he said banks could now extend loans to the profession on soft terms, while the electricity distribution companies would charge them industrial tariff instead of commercial.
The minister also stated that films would now be censored in Lahore instead of Islamabad.
He said every step would be taken to promote Pakistani culture and films and that no Indian film would be released in Pakistani cinemas on Eid.