Post ‘Total Dhamaal’, Lahore petition seeks ban on Indian films in Pakistan

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A petition in The Lahore High Court has sought a ban on Indian films in the country following the decision from filmmakers not to release ‘Total Dhamaal’ in Pakistan.

In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF jawans, producers’ association announced a blanket ban on Pakistani artists in the industry. Ajay Devgn and his team, too, announced that ‘Total Dhamaal’ will not release in Pakistan on 22nd February, reports the Hindustan Times.

Sheikh Muhammad Latif filed a petition pleading through his counsel that the Import Policy Order 2016 announced by the federal government had banned import of all Indian films and other content.

He pointed out that after the Pulwama attack on 14th February, the All Indian Cine Workers officially announced a total ban on Pakistani actors working in the Indian film industry and also banned songs sung by Pakistani singers.

The petitioner pleaded that the Supreme Court, in a recent judgement, ordered the government to take strict action against airing of Indian content on television channels.

Indian artists including singers Rekha Bhardwaj, Harshdeep Kaur, lyricist Javed Akhtar and actor Shabana Azmi have cancelled their Pakistan trips owing to the deadly terror attack in Pulwama.

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