The Punjab Auqaf and Religious Affairs Department has imposed a ban on shooting of films and dramas in mosques and shrines, especially the cinematography featuring women. The notification comes after a video shoot at Wazir Khan Mosque by actors Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed garnered a great deal of criticism from the public and clergies alike.
The video was followed by a blasphemy case against Qamar and Saeed and also threats to Qamar by the radical TLP party.
In a notification dated August 13, 2020, the department said: “If any scene is filmed in a mosque or a shrine, the relevant manager and zonal administrator would be responsible. The permission to film a documentary in these spaces will be subject to consultation with the department of religious affairs,” it added.
Source: Naya Daur
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