Kabir Khan's ‘Phantom’ banned in Pakistan after Saeed’s protest

A Pakistan Court today has banned Kabir Khan’s ‘Phantom’ slated to release on August 28th is banned in Pakistan following Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed. Saeed alleged that the film based on the aftermath of dreaded 26/11 attacks in Mumbai has contains "filthy propaganda" against him and his outfit.

Lahore High Court judge Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan issued the order to ban the release of 'Phantom', starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif, in  Pakistan theatres after hearing the arguments of Hafiz Saeed's counsel and the government law officer.

Through his advocate AK Dogar, Saeed pleaded that the Indian film has "venom against Pakistan and JuD".

"There is a direct threat to the life of the petitioner (Saeed) and his associates emanating from the content of the trailer of the film.

"It is obvious that dialogues coming out of the lips of the different Indian actors and actresses will poison the minds of Pakistani public and will portray Hafiz Saeed as terrorist even though JuD has not been declared as a proscribed organisation," Mr Dogar said.

The Court asked the government how it could stop the availability of the movie in the market if it was banned in Pakistan.

"If a movie is banned in cinemas, what the government can do to stop it from being available in the market in CDs", the judge asked.

Yahya Mujahid, spokesperson for Hafiz Saeed and Jamaat-ud-Daw, applauded Thursday’s court ruling.

“This film was calling for an attack on Hafiz Saeed, and this was clearly terrorism on the part of India, to release such propaganda. So we think the high court has given a very good decision on this.”