LAHORE: Soon Pakistani Cinemas will start screening Indian films again after four months ban on. Indian films were banned due to Indian military’s indiscriminate firing on LOC inflicting civilian casualties on Pakistani side.
Information ministry’s sources revealed that the government of Pakistan is seriously considering to lift the ban and a notification is likely to be issued soon on this account.
‘Raees’ and ‘Kaabil’ are expected to be curtained in cinemas succeeding week.
Financial considerations of cinema tycoons are also the driving factor for lifting of the ban as cinema owners suffered heavy losses.
Cinema owners were eagerly lobbying Nawaz Sharif to lift the ban and last week the prime minister constituted a committee in which all stakeholders were allowed presence.
The committee constituted under information minister and advisor to PM Irfan Siddiqui, the committee had accelerated its recommendations to the Prime Minister.
The committee recommended, the previous policy that was implemented before the screening of Indian films was suspended in the country should be upheld.
“According to the recommendations, the ministry of information will issue the NOC for the import of Indian films though provincial censor boards will assess those,” adding, “There will be no alteration in the standards for the release of Indian films.”
In the meantime, forestalling the lifting of the ban, a private TV channel has already acquired Indian movies ‘Raees’ and ‘Kaabil’ from Bollywood after making advance payment to Indian distributors.