Pak minister denies lifting ban on Indian films

Published on Jan 23, 2006 11:17 PM IST

However, Pakistan on Monday said it would only permit public screening of the 1984 Indian movie Sohni Mahiwal.

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Pakistan on Monday said it would permit public screening of the 1984 Indian movie Sohni Mahiwal, a love story set in Punjab, but it denied having lifted a 40-year-old ban on viewing of Indian movies.

"The government has allowed the exhibition of only one Indian movie Sohni Mahiwal on the basis of a court decision," Censor Board chairman Ziauddin said.

Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said he was unaware of any decision on the lifting of a ban on Indian films.

"I have no knowledge of any such decision," Ahmed said reacting to comments by office bearers of the Film Producers Association (FPA) and the Cinema Owners Association (CAO) that the Pakistan government has approved a request to delete the words "Indian artiste" and "Indian director" from censorship guidelines that prevented the release of films featuring Indian actors and directors.

"An appeal was made to President Pervez Musharraf and the president has omitted this clause," Pakistan Film Producers Association President Sayed Rizvi had been quoted as saying. Rizvi claimed the changes were approved by Musharraf.

When the attention of the Foreign Office was drawn to Rizvi's remarks, its spokesperson asked the media to get the clarification from Information Ministry.

Pakistan had clamped ban on public screening of Indian films after the 1965 war with India.

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