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Pakistan Bans “Phantom” – Film Based on Mumbai Attacks, after Accused Protests

 Still from the Bollywood film "Phantom".
Still from the Bollywood film “Phantom”.

On Thursday,  a Pakistani court banned an Indian film – Phantom, based on the 2008 Mumbai attacks in response to a petition filed by the person, India’s capital accuses of masterminding the killing of 166 people over three days.

Terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) was founded by Hafiz Saeed, the same organization which carried out the three-day terrorist attacks in Mumbai back in 2008. Saeed filed a petition in the Pakistani court to ban the feature film directed by Kabir Khan, on grounds that it speaks critically about Pakistan and defame Saeed and his current organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa.

In response to this, the Lahore High Court issued a ban on the film and restricted it from being screened to the Pakistani mass.

India has handed over evidence against Saeed to Pakistan earlier. United States of America also offered 10 million Dollars for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Saeed. Apparently, Pakistan should have detained him by now. Lashkar-e-Taiba is banned in Pakistan, but tolerated.

The Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer “Phantom” revolves around the plot of the Mumbai attacks, showing the aftermath of the terrorism, opposing a villain named ‘Harif Saeed‘. With a minute modification to the real name, the makers of the film clearly spot the living person responsible for the real attacks.

Yahya Mujahid, spokesperson for Hafiz Saeed and Jamaat-ud-Daw said, “This film was calling for an attack on Hafiz Saeed, and this was clearly terrorism on the part of India, to release such propaganda. So we think the High Court has given a very good decision on this.

Information Source: Reuters

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