Advocate Ishtiaq Ahmed has filed a petition in Lahore High Court, asking to ban Indian movies in Pakistani cinemas until the Kashmir issue is resolved.
Sources suggest that the plea adopts a stance that Indian forces are brutally murdering fellow Pakistani Kashmiris while Pakistani cinemas are promoting and screening their movies. The exhibition of Indian films is also a violation of the Motion Pictures Ordinance 1979 and the country’s import policy. The filer states that these movies promote lawlessness and violence and against Pakistan’s ideology. He asked the government to boost local film industry instead of promoting Indian movies.
Ishtiaq Ahmed said that exhibiting Indian movies would hurt Kashmiri sentiments and that Pakistani authorities have always shown contradictory attitude. On one hand they want Kashmir’s independence from Indian authorities, on the other hand we see Pakistan helping raise money which is eventually used to murder Kashmiris.
He has requested the Lahore High Court to impose a complete ban on all Indian entertainment material including their movies until Kashmir is free of Indian oppression and gains independence. The court has asked the censor board to respond in the next week.
Earlier this year, LHC Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah disposed a petition filed by the local film producers and distributors association against the illegal import and exhibition of Indian movies as it was hurting the local film industry.