The mastermind behind Mumbai 26/11 attacks, Hafiz Saeed wants Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Phantom to be banned in Pakistan. Jamat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed has filed a plea in a court in Lahore, asking for Kabir Khan’s Phantom’s release to be banned in Pakistan.
Through his advocate A K Dogar, Hafiz Saeed pleaded in his petition filed in the Lahore High Court that the film has “venom against Pakistan and Jamaat-ud-Dawa” and contains “filthy propaganda” against the country.
Saeed, who is the founder of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group, alleged in his petition that, “The film is about the 2008 Mumbai attack and global terrorism implicating the JuD. Filthy propaganda has been done in the film against Pakistan under subject of the world terrorism.”
He also claimed that accusations of Indian government about the involvement of the JuD or any of its leaders in Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people were already rejected by the courts in Pakistan. Hafiz Saeed, on whom the US has placed a bounty of USD 10 million said that he prays to the court to ban the exhibition of Phantom in Pakistan for its anti-Pakistan content.
Lahore High Court Justice Shahid Bilal Hassan has selected August 10 as the date for the hearing of Saeed’s plea.
Meanwhile, Pakistan censor board hasn’t yet cleared Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer film Phantom. In the past, Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger and Saif Ali Khan’s Agent Vinod were banned from being released in the country. Since quite a long time, Pakistan’s censor board has been very careful about not allowing screening of Indian films which deal with subjects of Pakistan, terrorism and ISI.
In Phantom, Saif Ali Khan plays the role of Daniyal, the man out on a mission to seek justice for the attacks that took place in Mumbai on 26/11. The film is an adaptation of Hussain Zaidi’s recently released book ‘Mumbai Avengers’. Phantom is about post-26/11 attacks in Mumbai and global terrorism.
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