Punjab government seals all theatres in Lahore

06:48 PM | 26 Aug, 2023
Punjab government seals all theatres in Lahore
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LAHORE – Caretaker of Punjab Minister for Information and Culture Amir Mir has announced the temporary closure of over 10 major commercial theatres in the Lahore division due to violations of the Dramatic Performances Act 1876.

These theatres will remain closed until they adhere to the new regulations.

During a media interaction, the minister expressed that despite repeated warnings, theatre owners and drama producers had assured the Lahore commissioner in writing that they would not include explicit performances by female dancers. Unfortunately, these commitments turned out to be insincere as indecent content persisted. Consequently, the Punjab government was compelled to seal more than 10 theatres.

Amir Mir highlighted that theatres such as Tamaseel Theatre, Al-Falah Theatre, Shama Theatre, Naz Theatre, Mehfil Theatre, and Sitara Theatre in Lahore, as well as four theatres in Kasur and Sheikhupura, had pledged in writing to Commissioner Muhammad Ali Randhawa that they would refrain from featuring obscenity in their performances. However, upon inspection last night, it was discovered that these theatres were violating the Drama Act, resulting in their immediate closure.

Emphasizing the significance of traditional theatre as a potent performing arts medium, Minister Mir declared the government's intention to amend the Drama Act to enact a comprehensive ban on dance in stage plays. The proposed amendments would entail substantial fines and penalties for theatre owners and producers found in breach of the regulations.

Mir affirmed, "The process of amending the Drama Act has been initiated, and theatres known for disseminating vulgarity will only be allowed to reopen following the implementation of these amendments."

He also communicated through a tweet from the official Punjab information handle that a crackdown had begun, leading to the temporary closure of all theatres within the Lahore division. Subsequent tweets clarified that the Punjab Arts Council had been tasked with monitoring theatres and stage plays throughout the region. Any instances of obscenity found within these performances would lead to theatre closures, producer blacklisting, and a complete ban on the involved dancers.

Mir highlighted that Commissioner Randhawa had personally inspected Tamaseel Theatre in response to a complaint about an 'obscene mujra' and subsequently ordered its closure. He added that theatres in Sheikhupura and Kasur had similarly been sealed due to received complaints.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 10 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Sunday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.

Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 741.76
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold price drops in Pakistan; Check out today gold rates here

Gold prices decreased in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 10 December 2023

On Sunday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs216,300, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs185,450.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs198,274, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs189,263 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,225 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Sunday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Karachi PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Islamabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Peshawar PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Quetta PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Sialkot PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Attock PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Gujranwala PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Jehlum PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Multan PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Bahawalpur PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Gujrat PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Nawabshah PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Chakwal PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Hyderabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Nowshehra PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Sargodha PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Faisalabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Mirpur PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486


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