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Council of Islamic Ideology barred from reviewing Zindagi Tamasha

Council of Islamic Ideology barred from reviewing Zindagi Tamasha

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Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights on Wednesday barred Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) from the screening of Sarmad Khoosat’s film Zindagi Tamasha. The committee said that it would decide the film’s fate after reviewing it in the next meeting on March 16.

The committee, chaired by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, took this decision after an in-camera session, that was held to discuss the film. The officials from central and provincial censor boards briefed the Senate committee regarding the content of Zindagi Tamasha.
The committee’s chairman Mustafa Nawaz, while speaking to media, said that the committee has stopped the CII from reviewing the film and directed the Central Board of Film Censors to provide a copy of the film for screening.

“A screening of the film will be arranged on March 16, after which the panel will decide if the movie needs to be sent to the CII for approval or not. If we do not find the film objectionable, orders will be given for the film’s immediate release,” Khokhar said.

What does the banning of ‘Zindagi Tamasha’ say about freedom of expression in Pakistan?

Freedom of expression has historically faced challenges in Pakistan. This has manifested in a variety of ways. Forced censorship, written or verbal threats, killings, harassment and abductions are all commonplace among journalists and media groups alike. The most recent disregard of freedom of expression in the country has come in the form of the attempted banning of the film ‘Zindagi Tamasha’.

Also read: What does the banning of ‘Zindagi Tamasha’ say about freedom of expression in Pakistan?

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