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Now: Petition filed to ban Indian films in Pakistan..

By Khushboo, Bollywood.com News Network

Few years ago, it was said that a similar kind of petition was given to the Lahore High Court, and it was said that the request went to deaf ears.

The petition was said to be registered on 5th of April 2016 by some of the Pakistani producers and distributors, who requested to ban the display of Bollywood films in Pakistani cinema theatres.

It stated that showing Indian movies in Pakistan was against the law as per Motion Pictures Ordinance 1979, and it was also promoting lawlessness and violence in the country. Further, the petition contended that this act was also trampling upon the import policy of 2013, while urging the authorities to disallow presentation of Indian entertainment material in national cinemas.

The political relationship between India and Pakistan has been strained. However, it was the common love that both country-men have for cricket, films and music, which did help to build emotional bonding to an extent.

While the court is yet to fix a date for the hearing, a year ago, the Lahore High Court dismissed a similar petition, which was seeking a permanent ban on the exhibition of Indian films in Pakistan.

Their argument is that the films have a “bad impact” on Pakistan’s youth. "The exhibition of Indian films in Pakistan is in violation of Motion Pictures Ordinance 1979 and the Import Policy 20130" - Qasim Khan, an advocate was quoted saying.

The petition even said that the Indian movies, which are very popular in Pakistan, have a corrupting influence on Pakistan's youth. It said Bollywood movies also deprived Pakistani films of a level playing field.

Here are some of the movies, which were banned in Pakistan – ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’, ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Agent Vinod’, ‘The Dirty Picture’, ‘Khiladi 786’, ‘Tere Bin Laden’, and ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’.