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

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

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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Reader Comments (18)

  • Sodomite
    Aug 16, 2013 - 10:36PM

    Why Not??? Awaiting for an Exodus of people leaving KPK for better surroundings. Would not want to live there or invest there.

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  • dancing troy
    Aug 16, 2013 - 10:49PM

    well that was expected. bearded and non-bearded Jamaat Islami kI hukumat jo hay. Lets all have a minute of silence for the entertainment industry of the ill-lucked Pushtoon qoum. Pti and allies have proved without fail of their pathetic level of governance. CM Khattak will be remembered in history as the Nero of Kpk. and Imran Khan… should have sticked to Charity amd cricket. Shukar Allah ka k Pti didnt win the national election.

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  • sabi
    Aug 16, 2013 - 10:57PM

    This is Naya Pakistan of PTI.They have nothing to do but to fool the public.
    – You asked for it.

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  • np
    Aug 16, 2013 - 11:00PM

    How can a state ban a movie that has been approved by the national censor board? PTI has some very strange notions about what constitutes good governance. (Hint: caving into TTP demands to ban movies is NOT an example of good governance).Recommend

  • Shahid Kinnare
    Aug 16, 2013 - 11:02PM

    when our religious party like PMLN, PTI and JI JUF would learn their lesson.

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  • Khurram Awan
    Aug 16, 2013 - 11:05PM

    @Sodomite: But people of KPK lack the basic ability to Integrate when they reach their new Surroundings and usually they make their own Ghettos and always remained in Awe with their own Ancestral lands. They will never learn from you but will try to impose their own understanding upon you.
    The examples of Karachi and Rawalpindi are well known where no Integration with Local culture is going on but rather every time we hear stories of their grandeur and our Serf-hood.

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  • Sceptic
    Aug 16, 2013 - 11:25PM

    The TTP oops the PTI are firmly in control of Peshawar now.

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  • Anon
    Aug 16, 2013 - 11:34PM

    @Sodomite: Well Mr. Sodomite, if the people of KPK are so averse to following laws and procedures that they would leave their homes rather than adhere to them, then I guess they’re on the path to destruction anyway….

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  • aq
    Aug 16, 2013 - 11:47PM

    Muslim brotherhood in action in KPK. Will face the same fate as in Egypt.

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  • Anon
    Aug 17, 2013 - 12:11AM

    All these people who are complaining, have they read some other article. The one I read contained the following line.

    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.

    Now unless the TTP managed to travel back in time and introduce Section IV of the Motion Pictures act in 1979, the KPK govt’s action has noting to do with the TTP and everything to do with following the rules!

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  • Fed up
    Aug 17, 2013 - 12:17AM

    Wow you guys posting comments really LOVE to overreact don’t you?

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  • Noman
    Aug 17, 2013 - 12:31AM

    @sabi: and how in the world ppl are being fooled by this news?

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  • Sarfraz Khan
    Aug 17, 2013 - 1:24AM

    Most of the commenters didn’t even read the article.

    Section 4 states:
    Uncertified film not to be exhibited.— (1) No person shall made or arrange a public or
    private exhibition of a film by means of cinematographer unless the film has been duly certified for public exhibition by the Board, provided that nothing in this sub-section shall be deemed to apply to the exhibition, in the residential premises of any person, of a film which only records events in the life of such person or any member of his family.

    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. If you want to fume over something, fume over the law and have it changed or repealed.

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  • sabi
    Aug 17, 2013 - 1:48AM

    @Noman:
    @sabi: and how in the world ppl are being fooled by this news?
    For example they can claim this action as part of ‘nation building’ as promised in their election campaign.People want change that can raise their life standard not cosmetics measures.Do you see any change in first nine hours or nine days or nine weeks in KP if there is any please share with us.Not forgetting ninety ninety days mantra of IK

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  • Aug 17, 2013 - 3:06AM

    A true example of Rule of Law one must appreciate hatters gona hate we don’t care.

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  • Hassan
    Aug 17, 2013 - 7:00AM

    I think the Poll about more college graduate voted for PTI than any other party, must have some truth in it. Applying the same logic, majority of less educated voted for PPP, PML(N), JUI, MQM and likes. By reading the comments above, one can argue that some people; either can’t comprehend a simple piece of English writing, or just blinded by their bias; before they jump to comment on any thing PTI.
    What home department did, is enforcing law, which they didn’t make, but are trying to enforce.

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  • gp65
    Aug 21, 2013 - 4:04AM

    @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–controversyRecommend

  • Asad
    Aug 24, 2013 - 12:34PM

    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 .

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