'Anti-Pakistan movie': LHC bans screening of Indian film Phantom

Published: August 20, 2015
Hafiz Saeed's spokesperson says the film called for attacks on the JUD chief and was an obvious propaganda. PHOTOS: PUBLICITY

Hafiz Saeed's spokesperson says the film called for attacks on the JUD chief and was an obvious propaganda. PHOTOS: PUBLICITY

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday banned an Indian film about the 2008 Mumbai attacks in response to a petition filed by the man New Delhi accuses of masterminding the killing of 166 people over three days.

Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba which the United Nations has listed as a terrorist organisation, had petitioned the court to ban the Kabir Khan-directed feature film Phantom on the basis that it maligns Pakistan and vilifies Saeed and his current organisation, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).

“The government has been told that the film should not be presented for showing in Pakistan and to take necessary steps in this regard,” lawyer AK Dogar told Reuters.

In its reply to the petition in court, the government had “vehemently denied” that there were ever any plans to screen the Indian film.

Phantom is described as a political thriller set in aftermath of the Mumbai attacks and features Bollywood stars Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif opposing a villain named “Harif Saeed” – in what is believed to be an obvious but not direct reference to the JUD chief.

Yahya Mujahid, a spokesperson for Saeed and Jamaat-ud-Dawa, applauded the court’s ruling.

“This film was calling for an attack on Hafiz Saeed, and this was clearly terrorism on the part of India, to release such propaganda. So we think the High Court has given a very good decision on this.”

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) is banned in Pakistan. Saeed has long abandoned its leadership and is now the head of its charity wing, Jamaat-ud-Dawa.

India says it has handed over evidence against him to Pakistan which should have detained him. The issue has stood in the way of rebuilding relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Usman
    Aug 20, 2015 - 9:07PM

    Good. Its time to take a principled stand on issues like these, otherwise we don’t stand for anything.Recommend

  • Umair
    Aug 20, 2015 - 9:15PM

    We will ruin the name of Pkaistan in many other countries where this film will release and watched by millions of people. They will all come out of the theatre thinking of Pakistan as a failed terrorist state (which is all true also)Recommend

  • asim
    Aug 20, 2015 - 9:26PM

    Wow……..Anti Hafiz Saeed Movie = anti Pakistan movieRecommend

  • Babloo
    Aug 20, 2015 - 9:28PM

    The blue-eyed boy of the establishment and LHC. A gem in the crown of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Rasheed Gabol
    Aug 20, 2015 - 9:35PM

    Mumbai incident was India inside job which is the bitter truthRecommend

  • Birooni Haath
    Aug 20, 2015 - 9:44PM

    Pakistanis have declared to the world that they stand with Hafiz Saeed.Recommend

  • Indian
    Aug 20, 2015 - 9:51PM

    Hafiz saeed openly declared jihad against India and supported militancy in Kashmir (speech is available on youtube). He is the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba which is banned as a terrorist organisations not only by UN but also by the Pakistan government. And still some pakistani believe that he is a religious leader & innocent. How can the founder of banned terrorist organisation (by pakistan goverment) roam freely inside pakistan itself?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Aug 20, 2015 - 9:55PM

    Giving more importance to a c grade movie than it deserve. Let those fool Indian love in their fiol world that they can come to Pakistan and beat us.Recommend

  • Asif india
    Aug 20, 2015 - 10:14PM

    So,pakistan supporting a terrorist openly?
    Phantom is indias answer of pakistani propaganda movie Waar.it will be super hit and ruin pakistans image all over the world.Recommend

  • usman
    Aug 20, 2015 - 10:27PM

    Banned all Bollywood Movies across Pakistan. Movies all funds goes to India and another side we say L.O.C??? The want to impose there culture,civilization,traditions in Pakistan.It’s the way to make pakistan Hollow.Recommend

  • Azi
    Aug 20, 2015 - 10:31PM

    They can keep their trash to themselves. Recommend

  • freefree
    Aug 20, 2015 - 11:31PM

    This Reuters story is its own comment.Recommend

  • Baloch
    Aug 21, 2015 - 12:36AM

    Good! Ban all Indian movies!Recommend

  • ajeet
    Aug 21, 2015 - 2:16AM

    Iron brother’s economy is not doing good. So Pakistan can’t do anymore idiotic things.Recommend

  • Haider
    Aug 21, 2015 - 4:00AM

    First have u seen Waar and secondly Phantom wont be a superhitRecommend

  • Baloch
    Aug 21, 2015 - 6:11AM

    ALHAMDULLIAH BALOCHISTAN the whole province is a lot safer their single city ‘MUMBAI” despite we are fighting against RAW here , its all their media propaganda DON’T SHOW every day KILLING, RAPE, CORRUPTION, KIDNAPING and FRAUD. INDIANS are cruel people , show their hatred through proxy wars, movies , cross border firing. I HONOR Mr.HAFIZ SAEED and his efforts for PAKISTAN.Recommend

  • shah
    Aug 21, 2015 - 8:36AM

    Good decision. This film is about killing Pakistanis and attacking Pakistan. Recommend

  • Jalal
    Aug 21, 2015 - 8:37AM


    ALHAMDULLIAH BALOCHISTAN the whole province is a lot safer

    Yes now that Baluchis have been eliminated so no resistance to plundering Baluchistan’s assets. This is the peace of graveyard.Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 21, 2015 - 8:43AM

    @Rasheed Gabol:
    BTW, All can go to Wikipedia (search for “2008 Mumbai Attacks”!) and read that the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack was completely Pakistani based, along with hundreds of supporting references!
    Also note that the names and Pakistani hometowns of the ten terrorists are provided!
    And just what do you have to support your delusions????Recommend

  • Why, oh why?
    Aug 21, 2015 - 9:03AM

    “Saeed has long abandoned its leadership and is now the head of its charity wing, Jamaat-ud-Dawa.”
    If this is true, why has JuD been placed on the terror watch list by Pakistan?Recommend

  • Jaffer Ali
    Aug 21, 2015 - 9:28AM

    Anything, including movies, against terrorism will be considered Anti-Pakistan.Recommend

  • Union Jack
    Aug 21, 2015 - 10:05AM

    Do you want to bet on that ? Phantom will be a hit, and already my colleagues (non desis if you like) are interested in watching it. If you want to know where its AMC Marcado in San Jose. You are welcome too. Recommend

  • BABU
    Aug 21, 2015 - 11:38AM

    @Rasheed Gabol: evidence please ?
    @Azi: nobody is forcing to watch any bollywood movies.
    anyway — millions of Pakistanis will watch it on you tube, or pirated CDs.and the overseas pakistanis in Multiplexes. Recommend

  • Abdul
    Aug 21, 2015 - 12:07PM

    I think its a good decision by LHC. This movie will definitely bring no good to improve the relations between the two countries. May people do consider Hafiz Saeed as a true jihadi and freedom fighter and its pretty obvious that a freedom fighter for one country is a terrorist for other country. As far as UN declaring Hafiz Saeed as a terrorist is concerned, that’s not a big deal. Few month ago, Indian prime minister Nerander Modi was also banned to visit US because of the allegations of mass murder in the city of Gujarat, but now he is a free man. If Nerander Modi who belongs to a extremist hindu orgainzation (RSS) and has allegations of Gujrat muslim massacare and “samjhota express attack” can become a PM in India, why people are mourning if LHC has banned a movie against Hafiz Saeed..!Recommend

  • Ali
    Aug 21, 2015 - 1:00PM

    @Asif india:
    Don’t worry…we have WAAR 2 coming up shortlyRecommend

  • Maroosh
    Aug 21, 2015 - 1:45PM

    It looks ameteurish from the trailer, katrina kaif cant act to save her life, i dont know why directors take her in movies where there is no dancing? I wasn’t planning on watching it, and for those saying hafiz saeed got it banned and he is a terrorist, then dint extremist shiv sena do the same with bin roye? When it was just a love story nothing to do with India or Kashmir. Recommend

  • Kushal
    Aug 21, 2015 - 5:17PM

    A few days back Saif said on record that he finds it amusing that an wanted terrorist can approach court seeking a ban on his movie. It is more amusing that the courts in Pakistan actually works for that wanted terrorist.Recommend

  • Aug 21, 2015 - 8:51PM

    If Hafiz Saeed is a terrorist than even the Indian National Security advisor is also a terrorist. ( Ajit Doval ) . You Indians are liars and you never give any evidence. We don’t want to see stupid Indian movies just ban all of them. Recommend

  • Aug 21, 2015 - 8:53PM

    And your national security advisor openly claimed for supporting terrorists and criminals in Pakistan…. So ajit doval is a terrorist and you Indians support state terrorism. Recommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Aug 22, 2015 - 2:20AM

    @Sami Shahid:
    Question for @Sami Shahid?
    Was Hafiz Saeed not the leader of terrorist group LeT at the time of 2008 Mumbai Attack???Recommend

  • Sep 6, 2015 - 2:16AM

    These stupid movies should be banned once and for all……A terrorist nation trying to sabotage the peace in Pakistan.Recommend

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