LAHORE - Representatives from the Pakistan Cinema and Film industries have demanded the Punjab government to remove 65 per cent entertainment tax immediately as the already devastated industry was unable to bear this burden. The representatives from Pakistan Cinema Management Association, Pakistan Film Producers Association and Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association expressed these views while addressing a mutual press conference at Metropole Cinema here on Monday. The speakers alleged that some advisors had misguided CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif by urging him to impose a huge tax on cinema industry. Expressing their views on one line agenda of removing complete entertainment tax, they appealed CM to take radical steps in favour of industry and remove tax minimum for 5 years. They said only 92 cinemas out of 142 were operational in Punjab that were also being converted into shopping plazas, adding if this behaviour of the government continued then only 4 to 5 cinemas situated in posh areas would survive as others have no capacity to bear such massive tax. Film Exhibitors Association Chairman Jehanzeb Baig said they had demanded CM Punjab to continue tax relaxation for more than 3 to 5 years in a meeting with CM. He said that the committee constituted by entertainment committee working under DG Excise and Taxation Javeed Alvi had still not submitted its report to CM. Film director Syed Noor said on the occasion that in meeting with entertainment committee, the chairman committee Senator Parveez Rashid demanded the cinema-owners to provide cold drinks and other refreshment to cinemagoers. We are ready to provide all these things but the government should also fulfil its promises and take immediate steps for the rehabilitation of industry, he added. He said the cinema-owners merely needed generosity of government. Film producer Shahzad Raifque lauding Shahbaz Sharif said that he should not be silent over this issue. He said the industry had been exploited in the former dictators regime and now they needed incentives from democratic government to run this industry. While talking to The Nation, Entertainment Committee Chairman Senator Parveez Rashid said that if all the people related to cinema industry ensure the government as well as media that they would provide quality movies in near future than he might convince the CM Punjab to issue immediate notice in their favour even in one day. I myself like cinema but none of local movie can been seen with family. Then how can I assist these people by removing tax just for the exhibition of Indian movies in Pakistani Cinemas, Parveez Rashid added. He said the government is sincere to provide pure entertainment without vulgarity to the masses. He further said that if these people assured us then the government would provide them incentives despite of removing tax.