New Pakistani Minister Bans 'Vulgar' Movie Billboards, Critics Fear Rise of Islamists
Fayaz-ul-Hasan Chohan, Punjab's Information Minister, caused a number of rows with his visit to the grave of a man sentenced to death for killing the governor of Punjab in 2011 and with critical remarks on Nargis, a popular Pakistani actress.
A man stands at the ticket counter with film posters at a cinema in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. REUTERS
Since Khan's party appointed him last week, Chohan has caused a number of rows, including with his visit to the grave of a man sentenced to death for killing the governor of Punjab in 2011, and with critical remarks about Nargis, a popular Pakistani singer and actress.
"If any vulgar billboard is found at any cinema in Punjab after three days, there will be a fine in first place, and if any one didn't comply, that cinema will be shut down," Chohan told a public meeting in the eastern city of Lahore.
"Is there any humanity that you print half-naked women and put them on big billboards?" he said.
Khan's election victory in July was helped by strong support from Islamist parties. Chohan joined Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Justice Movement from the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan.
"It's pure moral policing," the left-leaning politician and rights activist Ammar Rashid said on Twitter.
Unless these actresses have been forced into posing for these pictures, there's absolutely nothing 'pro-women' about banning them. Pakistani men need to stop trying to decide what's best for women to wear/do & term it 'anti-objectification'. It's not, it's pure moral policing. https://t.co/qEw9R6GxEq— Ammar Rashid (@AmmarRashidT) August 30, 2018
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