SHC orders local cinemas to give preference to Pakistani films

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Sindh High Court (SHC) released order to give 85 per cent of time in Pakistani cinemas to local films.

In a recent verdict on suits 754, 754 and 755 filed by Cereal Entertainment (Adnan Siddiqui and Akhter Hasnain’s company), Wajahat Rauf and Shazia Wajahat, and Farid Nawaz Productions (Yasir Nawaz and Nida Yasir), SHC asked local cinemas to follow Motion Picture Ordinance, 1979 which says ‘internationally produced films imported to Pakistan can only have 15 per cent screen space if domestically produced films are also showing in cinemas’.

As many as 12 defendants in the suits including Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Central Board of Film Censors, Punjab Film Censor Board, Sindh Board of Film Censors, Competition Commission of Pakistan, J.B. Films, Nueplex Cinemas, Cinepax Cinemas, Cinegold Cinemas, HKC Entertainment and the Karachi District South deputy commissioner have been directed to strictly follow the rules of the Motion Picture Ordinance.

SHC adjourned the court on this suit till June 2.

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