New Delhi: Contrary to reports that were in circulation, what has come to light now is that Salman Khan’s ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ has not been banned in Pakistan.
Buzz had it that the neighboring country had opposed to the reference of their state own intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Moreover, news had it that Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) had issued a letter to the cable operators asking them to withdraw the trailer from being aired.
But when PEMRA spokesman and general manager Fakhruddin Mughal was contacted by a leading daily, he said, “No,its not true.I haven`t seen the story or heard such news. There is no such letter issued by PEMRA. As per my knowledge, we have not issued any letter to any cable operator regarding this movie. We issue letters to cable operators through broader instruction. It is in our law that no drama/cartoon movies can be aired against the sovereignty of the country. I am surprised that you have a copy of the letter and I`m sitting in the PEMRA office and have no clue about the letter.”
But Nadeem H Mandviwalla, owner of Atrium Cinemas in Karachi had a different picture to paint. He said, “We have uploaded the letter online that has been issued by PEMRA. It’s just an assumption, because the trailer of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ mentions organizations like ISI and RAW. That is why the government is assuming that till the time the Censor Board allows it, the promotion of the film shouldn`t be done. It has not been banned, neither has the government said anything about banning it. It is a reservation and that will be cleared when the film comes out.”