Sindh High Court in today’s ruling put an end to nebulous ban imposed on Maalik movie. Followed by the decision, the movie is likely to be released soon across the country. The movie was banned in April, by the intervention of Federal Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage by declaring the movie “anti-Pakistan.”
Following the ban, the producer/ director/ writer of the movie Asher Azeem challenged the ban in Sindh High Court on April 29. Asher Azeem who is renowned for his Urdu drama serial “Dhuwaan,” maintained that the movie was made with cooperation of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), therefore there is least possible chance of anti-Pakistan elements in the movie.
Maalik was released on April 8, 2016 and after three weeks of nationwide screening, Pakistan government slapped a ban on the film – which sparked a widespread debate among the masses. Later on, the ministry of information declared the movie “un-certified for the whole of Pakistan.” prior to a nationwide ban, the movie was banned by the Sindh government – but the decision was rescinded after a few hours.
“We won, we waited patiently we did not release the film illegally. We suffered but kept faith and today we are vindicated. Maalik is allowed in Pakistan,” Asher Azeem tweeted.