Punjab government bans Joyland

Federal government lifted ban day ago, Punjab government bars screening within province’s boundaries

Less than a day after the federal government had agreed to lift the ban on Saim Sadiq’s Joyland the Punjab government sent a notice to the movie’s producer that they cannot screen the movie within the province’s borders.

The Punjab Information and Culture Department has sent a notice dated November 17 to Sarmad Sultan Khoosat, the director of Joyland, informing him that the government has chosen to recall Joyland in accordance with Section-9, 1 and 2(a),(b) of the Motion Pictures Ordinance 1979.

The notification has instructed Khoosat that the Joyland crew was not permitted to screen their movie inside the boundaries of the Punjab province until further notice.

A copy of the notification dated November 11 that Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan of the JI published five days ago said that the Central Board of Film Censors (CBFC) Islamabad issued the censor certificate on August 17 of this year.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif later established an eight-person committee to investigate the charges and provide recommendations.

Salman Sufi, director of PM Strategic Reforms, tweeted on Wednesday that the censor board review committee had approved the release of Joyland.

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