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Consequences of Missing Censorship in Pakistan

Stagnation in Cinemas

The chaotic situation in Pakistan is a topic that surfaces more often at the moment, especially with the parliament elections. But the cinema industry of the country suffers hugely, as well. Who is interested in films when the country has much bigger problems, you could ask, but the treatment of the film sector is just one example for a situation that affects many aspects of daily life in such times. As we reported a while ago, the censor's office was closed because of corruption and abuse of power.

Instead, the ministry of internal affairs wanted to take over and give films the required rating. However, they seem to ignore this task for some time now and so films that were already bought by Pakistani distributors cannot be shown in cinemas. As TheNews.com reports, an entire month has gone by and none of the imported films was rated during that time.

The entire cinema industry has come down on its knees by the bureaucracy since there is no censor board existing in the country due to the recent political situation. Talking to The News on Thursday Chairman Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association Zoraiz Lashari said that there has been crisis in the cinema industry since there is no central censor board existing in the country resulting a great delay in clearing the imported movies which are ready to be shown in Pakistani cinemas. Zoraiz Lashari pointed out that this great negligence on the part of present caretaker government has not only cost millions of rupees to the importers of the films and the cinema exhibitors but also endangered the livelihood of over 7,000 cinema workers. Lashari said that after the caretakers took over, the Central Board of Censors was put under cabinet decision under the direct control of its Secretary Khawaja Siddique Akbar. However, there has been no meeting of the censor board for the last one month and this was an unprecedented happening in the history of Pakistan. He added that there had been ban on films in the country due to objectionable or controversial contents, but it never happened that the entire censor board was missing to clear a movie.

Release: May 30, 2013 - Author: Bob - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: u.a. TheNews.com

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