LAHORE - The Lahore High Court on Friday barred the Pakistan Film Censor Board from issuing No Objection Certificates (NOC) to the Indian Films being smuggled into the Pakistan for their exhibition in local cinemas.

Justice Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Khan passed these orders on a petition moved by Pakistan’s film producers and directors.

The petitioners through their counsels told the court that the smuggled Indian movies were being exhibited in the Pakistanis cinemas due to which the national kitty had to face acute deficit.

The local film industry had also been destroyed due to the screening of smuggled Indian movies, the lawyers pointed out, adding the Indian culture also flourishing in the Pakistani society due to the same.

They requested the court to issue directions to the Pakistan Film Censor Board to not to issue NOC to smuggled Indian movies.

After hearing initial arguments, the court restrained the board from issuing NOC to smuggled Indian movies. The court also issued notices to the Film Censor Board, Federal Government and other respondents for reply within two weeks.

RESERVED: The Lahore High Court reserved its verdict on a petition against sending back officers working on deputation in national Highway Authority to their parental departments.

The petitioner Tariq Javed and others contended that chairman NHA was summoning his blue eyed officers on deputation from different deportments but the officers having no political connection were being sent back to their parental department without any reason. They said they were being subjected to discrimination as more than 100 officers are still working in NHA on deputation but only they were being targeted.