With millions of fans of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan in Pakistan, his recent blockbuster film Pathaan was inevitably going to be released in theatres all over the country, had an unofficial ban not been imposed. Although authorities put a stop to Indian content screening in Pakistan, a private company defied the law.
Following this, the Sindh Board of Films Censor (SBFC) investigated social media pages that were selling tickets for private screenings of SRK-Deepika starrer after a report published in Dawn on February 1 highlighted illegal screenings at different venues in Defence Housing Authority.
A statement issued by the Sindh Censor Board stated that a company called Fireworks Events was organizing a public screening of Pathaan at DHA on February 4, 2023 with tickets already booked.
It should be noted that SBFC allows only Board certified films for public or private viewing. “No person shall make or arrange a public or private exhibition of a film by means of cinematograph unless the film has been duly certified for public exhibition by the Board,” the SBFC said.
SBFC Chairman Khalid Bin Shaheen said that Section 4(10) of the Sindh Motion Pictures Act 2011 regulated the public or private exhibition of a film, and no one could exhibit a film without the approval of the Board. Therefore, it is appropriate that the screening should be canceled immediately.
In light of the provision mentioned, and citing other laws and punishments including imprisonment for up to three years and fines of as high as PKR 100,000, the board demanded Firework Events, which is responsible for the screenings of Pathaan, cancel its shows immediately. As a result of the warning, Fireworks Events cancelled all its private screenings of SRK's latest offering.
According to the report, the notice issued to the said company warned that if found violating the provisions of the said Act, they would be punished under Section 18(1), which states that in case of an illegal exhibition of any film not certified by the Board, the exhibitor shall be liable to imprisonment for three years or to a fine of Rs100,000 or to both. In case of continuing the offence, a further fine of Rs10,000 may be levied on a daily basis.
KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 24, 2023 (Friday).
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||343.5||347|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||35.92||36.27|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||176.66||178.66|
KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 205,500 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs174,730.
Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.
Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.
|Lahore||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Karachi||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Islamabad||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Peshawar||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Quetta||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Sialkot||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Attock||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Gujranwala||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Jehlum||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Multan||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Gujrat||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Nawabshah||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Chakwal||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Hyderabad||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Nowshehra||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Sargodha||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Faisalabad||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
|Mirpur||PKR 205,500||PKR 2,350|
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