The Lahore High Court on Monday dismissed the petition against exhibition of Indian films in Pakistan after lawyers from both sides said they had come to an agreement.
The lawyers told the court that the Film Producers Association and Cinema Owners Association had reached an agreement under which 50 per cent Pakistani cinemas would exhibit only local films. They said the professionals associated with the national film industry would benefit from the income generated from exhibition of local films.
They also said that both parties (cinema owners and film producers) would take steps against illegal exhibition of Indian films.
The petitioner, Mubashar Luqman, a private television show host, had told the court that he hoped the issue of smuggled Indian films would be resolved in term of the agreement reached between cinema owners and film producers.
He told the court that he wanted to withdraw the petition. He said he would file a fresh petition against exhibition of Indian soap operas, advertisements, stage shows, game shows and other Indian programmes in Pakistan.
Justice Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Khan recorded the statements and disposed of the petitions as withdrawn.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 16th, 2013.
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