LAHORE (Web Desk) – The information ministry, after banning “Maalik” movie in Pakistan, has taken one step more and a striking decision has prohibited the screening of the film on international screens as well.

“Yes, we have imposed ban on export of this movie after receiving formal request from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,” Spokesman for Ministry of Commerce and senior official Ashraf Khan confirmed to The News.

The director of the disputed film, Ashir Azeem, was planning to release the film in the Middle East, United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia in the last week of August but the government has barred the international screening of the movie that created much hullabaloo in Pakistani media.

Ashir Azeem expressed annoyance over the decision and told a local newspaper of his helplessness in this regard.

“I was relying on the court’s decision, but they keep delaying it, and now Maalik’s export has been banned. I’m helpless.” he said.

For Pakistani viewers, Maalik lasted on the box office for not more than three weeks, before getting into a rift with the Sindh censor board and finally the Central Board of Film Censors.