LAHORE - The federal government failed to come up with its response to the objections raised against an Indian movie about fortnight ago and sought more time to submit its point of view.

The court gave one week time to the government for the purpose. The matter will come up again for hearing on August 20.

Film ‘Phantom’, according to the petitioner, Jamat-ud-Dawa, is against it. Jamat-ud-Dawa Chief Hafiz Saeed Ahmad had challenged the screening of the film. The petitioner through his counsel Advocate AK Dogar stated that: “He is head of Jamatud Dawa which is a ‘charitable organization’ and has no nexus with Lashkar-e-Tayeba and is working only for welfare of people like Abdus Sattar Edhi.”

But, he said, more than that the JD has established 142 schools and 4 universities in different parts of Pakistan. He said it is educating the poor and the needy in this country.

Dogar contended that a full length film has been prepared in India under the title Phantom and an official trailer of it has been released. The petitioner also submitted a copy of a CD containing the recording of the trailer before the court.

The relevant part of the movie contained the content “Have you yet been able to prove that Hafiz Saeed masterminded the Mumbai attacks, it’s been six years now that you have been unsuccessful in trying to prove anything,” said the counsel. He stated Saif Ali Khan has been shown as saying, “America infilterated into Pakistan to hunt for and kill Osama and why cannot we do the same? We will kill them inside their places.”

He said the grievance of the petitioner is that film has been advertised to be exhibited in Pakistan. The content of the movie is against Jamat-ud-Dawa and Hafiz Saeed and will damage the country’s image across the globe.

Obituary

LAHORE: Former Principal Fatima Jinnah Medical College Lahore Professor Dr Khalida Usmani passed away in New York after a brief illness. According to a press release issued here, she was buried in Saginaw MI where her family members reside. She left behind one sister, two brothers, two daughters and four granddaughters.

Dr Khalida Usmani, MBBS (KE) FRCS (UK) MD (USA), was a leading breast cancer surgeon in the country. She trained hundreds of young graduate and post-graduate students during her long association with FJMC; initially as a professor of surgery and subsequently as Principal of this prestigious medical college.–Staff Reporter