LHC bans Indian films having fake documents
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday ordered that no foreign or Indian film could be exhibited in Pakistan which is brought into the country in violation of law. The court also directed the Chairman Pakistan Central Censor Board to ensure that department would not issue license to any Indian film bearing fake documents in violation of law.
The court passed this order on a petition moved by Mubashir challenging smuggling of Indian films and their exhibition in Pakistan. The court also issued notices to federal government and other authorities. The petitioner through his counsel pleaded that Indian films are being smuggled in Pakistan illegally and Pakistan Censor Board was issuing illegal licenses to these films having fake documentation.
He further pleaded that the Indian films are promoting terrorism and lawlessness in Pakistan so the Ministry of Interior be directed to initiate under the Terrorist Act against all those involved in smuggling Indian films to Pakistan and relaying these on big screens. The counsel stated that Indian films under the law could not be screened in Pakistani cinemas and these are being smuggled and illegally screened in Pakistani cinemas in violation of law. He said the foreign films except Indian can be screened in Pakistan. He claims that the Indian films which were shot at foreign location in toto could be displayed in Pakistan like Pride and Prejudice and Race 2. Nevertheless, the films which were made in India cannot be screened in Pakistan. He claimed that the promoters have recently smuggled a number of films which were completely shot in India and were being shown in Pakistani cinemas under the category of Foreign Films and Censor Board has issued fake licenses to such films. The petitioner requested the court to direct the Custom authorities to stop this illegal practice and initiate action under the Customs Act against relaying smuggled films.