The Sindh High Court has censured the abrupt ban on Maalik the movie stating that the rushed act is contrary to justice. The court while hearing the petition case seeking a lifting of the ban has directed the Federal government to present a clarification on the act. The Chief Justice of the Sindh High Court- Sajjad Ali Shah presided the Divisional Bench while hearing the case.
The Chief Justice of Sindh High Court maintained that the court has not seen the movie; therefore it is unlawful to pronounce judgment without hearing the point of view of the other party. The court adjourned the hearing and directed the Federal Government to submit as written clarification in two weeks. In this regard, the Additional Attorney General Suleman Talib ud Din, upheld that he needs to get directions from the concerned authorities.
In the face of it, the Singh High Court remarked that taking abrupt action without demanding a show cause notice from the other party is completely in opposition to the ethics of justice. The petitioner had upheld in his petition that the script of the movie was written in 2012, while the shooting of the movie started on December 14, 2014; therefore the movie is by no means disagreeing with the Ideologies of neither Pakistan nor Islam.
The Singh High Court was moved, on April 29, seeking the cancellation of the ban on Maalik movie. The movie has been directed/written and produced by Asher Azeem, who is well known for his super hit drama serial Dhuwaan. Furthermore, Asher Azeem and his wife also acted in the movie.
In a bizarrely rare step, the Pakistani government directly banned the film, which sparked a widespread public debate among the masses. Prior to the ban, the movie was already being played in the cinemas nationwide. However, on April 26, the ministry of information declared the movie “Un-certified for whole Pakistan.” Earlier the Sindh government banned the movie, but the decision was rescinded after a few hours.