PESHAWAR - Culture Journalists Forum (CJF) has urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to take strict action against the ongoing obscenity and vulgarity in some of the Pashto movies presented under the garb of promoting Pashtun culture.

The CJF has called upon the KPK government to take concrete steps to bring an end to vulgarity and using of arms in films and CDs breeding violence among youngsters and also presenting a negative image of Pashtun society, the demand came during a meeting here at Peshawar with CJF President Ihtisham ul Haq Toru in chair.

The CJF also demanded of the government to build cultural theatres, art galleries and auditoriums on the pattern of Nishtar Hall in all the districts of the militancy-hit province, adding that healthy commercial shows should be allowed in Nishtar Hall with subsidised rents so that art and local culture could be promoted and cheap entertainment be provided to the public and youth at large.

The Forum maintained that measures should be taken to ameliorate the plight of deserving artistes, directors, singers, painters, producers, filmmakers and writers/poets affiliated with the Pashto entertainment industry as they had been the worst hit during the ongoing terrorism and militancy.

Members of the Culture Journalists also appealed to the Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan to take immediate action against the obscenity and gun culture being screened in Pashto CDs, films and dramas that were bent upon projecting not only a negative of Pashtun society but also damaged peace-building efforts at various level thus casting an adverse impact on the minds of the youth who were already hit by frustration, unemployment and depression.

The CJF has appealed to general public, civic bodies and literary and cultural circles to put their hands together to raise voice against those so-called producers, distributors, films/ CDs makers, artistes, and investors who had been presenting a distorted image of Pashtun society to the world.

The Forum has called upon the provincial Culture Minister Shah Farman to make it mandatory for artistes and show managers to get proper NOC from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa culture ministry so they could be held responsible for presenting negative image of province.

Taking a strong exception to demolition of cinema houses in the city, the Cultural Forum also termed it a well-planned conspiracy.