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Ashir Azeem challenges movie Maalik ban in Sindh High Court

KARACHI: Actor and director Asher Azeem Gill challenged federal government’s ban on his film Maalik in Sindh High Court on Friday.

According to media reports, Azeem, who is also the writer of Maalik, said in his petition that the ban on his movie is ‘illegal’.

Azeem further stated the film was made with cooperation of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) and does not contain anything that goes against public interest.

The federal government on Wednesday put a ban on screening of Urdu feature film, “Maalik” across Pakistan.

According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Urdu feature film, “Maalik” has been declared as “uncertified” in the whole of Pakistan with immediate effect.

Earlier, Lahore High Court served a notice to Federal government asking it to clarify position on banning the screening the film.

Saim Chaudhry, the petitioner’s lawyer contended that the ban came after the censor board approved the movie for screening. “Therefore, the federal government cannot ban it nor does it have the jurisdiction to do so.”

Chaudhry said the film is neither anti Pakistan nor anti Islam. “It is only anti corruption.