Censored: K-P interior ministry imposes ban on five Pashto movies

K-P Home Ministry says the films were released without obtaining approval from the censor board.

Umer Farooq August 16, 2013
Zima Arman appears to have done record business on its release. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS

PESHAWAR: The Home and tribal affairs department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) has banned five Pashto films from being screened in cinemas of the provincial capital.

"Home department has said that the films are being banned because the approval of the censor board was not obtained," Express News correspondent, Ehtisham Khan reported.

According to officials, the ban was imposed on Zama Arman, Bhungi Laila, Lofar, Shart and Qurbani after they were found to be in violation of Section IV of the Motion Pictures Act 1979.

The cinema houses in Peshawar stated that Zima Arman had done record business on its release on Eidul Fitr.

Home Department spokesperson Qamar Ali said that they have alerted the provincial and capital city police chiefs along with with commissioner and deputy commissioner about the ban.

"If things go unchecked, genuine entertainment will end soon," he said.

Cinemas in Peshawar including Sabrina and Cina have been screening the film since Eidul Fitr.

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Asad | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

Great Step Imran Khan . Bravo !! . PTI Zindabad . We should make films that promote our culture . Like Iran does . Moreover We should make quality films . With a good story line and a good message . Films promoting Fornication , Adultery , Cheap dances and violence should be banned completely . All over Pakistan .

gp65 | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend @Sarfraz Khan: "The movies were not banned because they were lude, but because they were not passed by the bureau. That is federal law and the movies broke it." There was a federal censor board which was disbanded after the 18th amendment was implemented and censorship was in the purview of the province. KPK does not have a cnsorship board, so it is impossible to get permission for KPK censorship board. These movies therefore are displaying the movies based on the censorship certificate obtained from Sindh censorship board. What else they are expected to do? Where should they get censor approval if KPK does not have a censor board? http://dawn.com/news/1036996/ban-on-pashto-films--controversy
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