PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government will not ban “Maalik” anywhere in KP, according to reports on Thursday they will not restrict anyone from screening it in the province.
K-P government spokesperson Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani said to the reporter of local newspaper:
This film is against corruption, and we will not stop anyone if they want to exhibit the film in any cinema in the province.
Ghani cleared the fact that the government wouldn’t run the movie on its own but will not stop the cinemas from doing so either.
It is essential to mention that K-P has no provincial censor board and movies exhibited in the cinemas of province KPK are only approved by the federal authority according to which it is impossible for Maalik to be screened in theaters of the province.
Commenting on the matter, federal censor board chairman Mubashir Khan said a large number of cinemas in K-P fall under cantonment area which restricts them to follow the Motion Picture Ordinance 1979.
Three weeks after the Ashir Azeem directorial Maalik premiered at theaters across Pakistan, the federal information ministry had slapped a ban on the film on April 27.
According to a notification, the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting, and National Heritage declared the film ‘uncertified’ according to Section 9 of the Motion Pictures Ordinance, 1979.
The information ministry reserves the right to ban any film at any time.Maalik has been banned because it shows a former chief minister as a man of corruption and opulence.
The film was banned across the country. On April 26, it all started when the Sindh Board of Film Certification (SBFC) placed a three-month ban on it.
But the decision was reversed within a few hours of the announcement.
According to a copy of the notification issued by the SBFC, the decision was taken after it was discovered that the film was playing in cinemas without excisions suggested by the board.